The Expendables 2 Reviews

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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
August 23, 2012
"The Expendables 2" is lazily satisfied with repeating the first movie's formula, shortcomings and grisly strengths alike, just as the first movie was content to slavishly, ploddingly cover the hits of the '80s.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 22, 2012
Nice to know America's action stars, no matter how old they get, will never lack for gainful employment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 19, 2012
Does exactly what it's supposed to do - no more, no less.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
August 17, 2012
The Expendables 2 makes a franchise out of a novelty item, and the nostalgic kick is gone: It's a reminder that most of those '80s actioners were xenophobic and dumb, that many of its stars had more muscle mass than charisma.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
August 17, 2012
Yeah, yeah, I get it: "The Expendables 2" is a fun-loving throwback to the gloriously bad action films of the 1980s. Here's what I don't get: Why couldn't it be a throwback to the good ones?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
August 17, 2012
At least it's efficiently and breezily forgettable. What's more, there are laughs too and here's the best part - one or two of them are actually intentional.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 17, 2012
It's hard not to like a movie in which Bruce Willis' toupee-less CIA agent accuses Stallone's ragtag band of mercenaries of engaging in "male pattern badness.''
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
August 16, 2012
What gives "Expendables 2" its charm is the film's unabashed nostalgia for the genre's best B-movie moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 16, 2012
The Expendables 2 is corny, barbaric and sometimes visually murky. But humor and self-deprecating macho charm make this male pattern badness crowd-pleasing fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
August 16, 2012
The movie is excellent crap, fine junk, an exercise in campy movie nostalgia, and a demonstration of American supremacy in the field of nutty cosmetic enhancements for aging movie stars.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
August 16, 2012
Pleasantly dumb fun if you watch it with the right mind-set.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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August 16, 2012
The Expendables 2 is reasonably cathartic in a fall-down-go-boom way, and if the picture's self-conscious riffing becomes tiresome after a while ... it's still much wittier than its predecessor.
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John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
August 16, 2012
Does it all have to be so tedious?
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 16, 2012
I wanted to like this movie. Really. But this sequel doesn't wear down your resistance; it just wears you out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
August 16, 2012
Stallone is once more an amiable host. He even pulls off heroics despite having an ill-advised 'stache laying over his mouth, which nowadays looks like a squished octopus.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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William Goss
Film.com
August 16, 2012
For better and worse, this ultra-violent follow-up gives the audience what it wants in full force.
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Steven Snyder
TIME Magazine
August 16, 2012
[A] saggy, rickety and occasionally winded geriatric action thriller ...
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 16, 2012
They all take turns playing the clown - and for the most part, it's fun to watch them at it, even if the body count is distressingly high.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
August 15, 2012
Chuck Norris is also in this movie, although you should know that he gets roughly five minutes of screen time, half of those devoted to his telling of a Chuck Norris joke.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
August 14, 2012
Has the parallel between the actor and the mercenary's trade ever been so overt?
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
August 14, 2012
If someone told you that the negative was found on the shelf of a studio that went bankrupt in 1991, you'd most likely believe them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
August 13, 2012
Taut, humorous and attractively packaged, the sequel is both fleet footed and engaging enough to captivate audiences with more than just nonstop action.
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Justin Chang
Variety
August 13, 2012
Redundant, bombastic and cheekily self-aware, The Expendables 2 is also savvy enough to supply its own auto-critique.