Critics Consensus: 2 Guns Shoots Wildly, But Its Stars Connect

Plus, The Smurfs 2 has critics singing the blues.

This week at the movies, we've got heavily-armed undercover agents (2 Guns, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg) and hijinks-prone blue creatures (The Smurfs 2, starring Neil Patrick Harris and Katy Perry). What do the critics have to say?

2 Guns

64%

It's an old truism that audiences are generally willing to forgive even the most absurd plot developments if they enjoy spending time with the stars. Such is the case with 2 Guns, which critics say is a largely mindless, ridiculously convoluted action flick that benefits immeasurably from the chemistry between Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. An undercover DEA agent (Washington) robs a bank with the help of a man (Wahlberg) who's also undercover. But neither of them knows the other's real identity, leading to a series of double-crosses and perilous scrapes for our heroes. The pundits say 2 Guns is hardly the most original or cohesive crime picture in the world, but thanks to the tough wisecracks that Washington and Wahlberg fire at one another, you're likely to give the story a pass. (Check out this week's Total Recall, in which we count down co-star Bill Paxton's best-reviewed movies.)

The Smurfs 2

14%

Given that the reviews for the first Smurfs adventure were less than smurfy, it's little wonder that the critics feel essentially the same about The Smurfs 2; namely, that this blend of cheesy one-liners, slapstick gags, and general tomfoolery may delight small children but holds limited appeal to anyone else. This time out, Smurfette is kidnapped by Gargamel's newly-minted minions called Naughties, and Papa Smurf and the gang team up with human pal Patrick (Neil Patrick Harris) to save her. The pundits say The Smurfs 2 strands its talented cast in an indifferently animated and plotted sequel that's even less inspired than its critically-derided predecessor. (Check out our video interviews with Smurfs 2 stars Harris and Hank Azaria.)

Also opening this week in limited release:

Comments

Willem DaPerson

Willem DaPerson

Well, no cinema for me this week. 2 Guns looks like it could be enjoyable, but I'm not about to waste money on something like that. The Smurfs 2 needs no explanation. As per usual, I won't get the rest until they get a wide release (And that's optimistic).

Aug 1 - 04:53 PM

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Blondie

No Name

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mevxenJ6Mtc

Aug 5 - 11:07 AM

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Ian Fastert

Nope. I'm waiting for Blue Jasmine to go wide. And Elysium.

Aug 1 - 05:01 PM

EntertainMeOrDie

Entertain Me Or TIE

FUCK ELYSIUM. FUCK THAT RACIST UNDERTONE BULL SHIT AGAINST WHITES.

Aug 1 - 05:54 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Get a bunker already.

Aug 1 - 06:12 PM

Big Daddy101

Do you think this is a motherfucking game?

A vagina. You ever saw one?

Aug 1 - 06:21 PM

ProducerPaul

Paul Barrett

What are you babbling about? Did you run out of tinfoil or something?

Aug 1 - 06:36 PM

Jake

Jake Armistead

Someone clearly has no idea what Elysium is about, I guess that is why you are a right wing moron.

Aug 2 - 04:28 AM

The Nothing

The Nothing

Aww, poor oppressed white people! Nothing is more funny than seeing a whiny member of the straight, white, male Christian majority cry about their rights after years and years of trampling over the rights of others.

Aug 2 - 06:22 AM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Shut up white troll.

Aug 2 - 03:16 PM

Dave J

Dave J

Actually, you're incorrect that 'race' has anything to do with Elysium which it's theme was supposed to be between the wealthy elite and the impoverished! But, the way you're sounding off like that, you must be one of the few who didn't like "District 9" in which the aliens were segregated away from the human population!

Aug 2 - 12:32 PM

sylvester pitt

sylvester pitt

Race???...has someone forgotten to take their fiber again???

Aug 4 - 11:43 AM

Zach Trotter

Zach Trotter

I hope The Spectacular Now gets a wide release too!

Aug 1 - 07:28 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

Europa Report looks interesting to me. The moon has always fascinated me and the NASA mission to go there someday and see whats underneath the ice is one I support fo sho.

Aug 1 - 05:01 PM

Andrew Brinkerhoff

Andrew Brinkerhoff

I've had to sit through the trailer for "Smurfs 2" about 4 times now at the theater, and aside from the cab crushing Gargamel I haven't even cracked a fraction of a smile, so I'm glad to see critics are trashing it.

"2 Guns" will probably be a good rental when it hits DVD.

Wow, is "Top Crap: The Movie" so bad they forgot to mention it in the limited releases? Or is it even being released at all? I've never watched the original cartoon, but just like "Smurfs" the trailer didn't get so much as a smirk from me.

Aug 1 - 05:05 PM

Willem DaPerson

Willem DaPerson

The cartoon, as with most Hanna-Barbera products, is classic, and absolutely hysterical. Where I am, the movie came out early last year (I guess 'cause it's just a dub of a cheap Spanish film), and tanked. Agree with you on 2 Guns, by the way.

Aug 1 - 05:23 PM

Willem DaPerson

Willem DaPerson

The cartoon, as with most Hanna-Barbera products, is classic, and absolutely hysterical. Where I am, the movie came out early last year (I guess 'cause it's just a dub of a cheap Spanish film), and tanked. Agree with you on 2 Guns, by the way.

Aug 1 - 05:23 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Yet another Green Splotch week for wide releases. What was that Hollywood Reporter article this week warning about all of these quality adult films coming over the next two months? Blaming it on "Argo"? The studios and audiences are locked in a co-dependance of mediocrity. "Maybe he won't beat me this weekend..."

"2 Guns" actually looks better than I expected, but still not better than Redbox. "Smurfs 2" is just a cruel joke. Even John Oliver and Hank Azaria were making fun of it recently, and they're in it. Like "Grown Ups 2" it'll probably win the BO this week. "He only beats me because he loves me...."

Meanwhile, among those of us emotionally stable enough to enjoy respectful libertine promiscuity, "Europa Report" looks pretty damned good. "Spectacular Now" got a lot worse reviews at Sundance, but I'm glad it's gotten more promising, and I'm an unabashed Mary Elizabeth Winstead fan anyway. I want to see "Artist and the Model", because it's the director of "Belle Epoque" and the writer of longtime Luis Bunuel and Milos Forman collaborator Jean-Claude Carriere, with old pros Rochefort and Cardinale and the lovely young Aida Folch. The comedy doc looks great too, especially after enjoying the old-school Mel Brooks AFI tribute last week.

I'm a little surprised "Canyons" didn't go wide this week, with all that free publicity of Lohan getting out of rehab, and with Hollywood not having the highest opinion of America's admittedly masochistic tendencies. (Maybe we just don't love Hollywood enough.....)

Aug 1 - 05:52 PM

Willem DaPerson

Willem DaPerson

You couldn't really expect Hollywood to learn anything from one little Best Picture winner, could you? Also, I have to point out that you're writing is just so gloriously snarky, it makes me hate mine even more.

Aug 1 - 06:01 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

It's not a competition ;)

Aug 1 - 06:13 PM

Big Daddy101

Do you think this is a motherfucking game?

If I had a dollar for every good movie this year, I'd have 75 cents.

Aug 1 - 06:23 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Ain't that the truth of it.

Aug 2 - 03:17 PM

EntertainMeOrDie

Entertain Me Or TIE

FUCK ELYSIUM. FUCK THAT RACIST UNDERTONE BULL SHIT AGAINST WHITES.

Aug 1 - 05:54 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Get a bunker already.

Aug 1 - 06:12 PM

Big Daddy101

Do you think this is a motherfucking game?

A vagina. You ever saw one?

Aug 1 - 06:21 PM

ProducerPaul

Paul Barrett

What are you babbling about? Did you run out of tinfoil or something?

Aug 1 - 06:36 PM

Jake

Jake Armistead

Someone clearly has no idea what Elysium is about, I guess that is why you are a right wing moron.

Aug 2 - 04:28 AM

The Nothing

The Nothing

Aww, poor oppressed white people! Nothing is more funny than seeing a whiny member of the straight, white, male Christian majority cry about their rights after years and years of trampling over the rights of others.

Aug 2 - 06:22 AM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Shut up white troll.

Aug 2 - 03:16 PM

Dave J

Dave J

Actually, you're incorrect that 'race' has anything to do with Elysium which it's theme was supposed to be between the wealthy elite and the impoverished! But, the way you're sounding off like that, you must be one of the few who didn't like "District 9" in which the aliens were segregated away from the human population!

Aug 2 - 12:32 PM

sylvester pitt

sylvester pitt

Race???...has someone forgotten to take their fiber again???

Aug 4 - 11:43 AM

Willem DaPerson

Willem DaPerson

You couldn't really expect Hollywood to learn anything from one little Best Picture winner, could you? Also, I have to point out that you're writing is just so gloriously snarky, it makes me hate mine even more.

Aug 1 - 06:01 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

It's not a competition ;)

Aug 1 - 06:13 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Get a bunker already.

Aug 1 - 06:12 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

It's not a competition ;)

Aug 1 - 06:13 PM

Big Daddy101

Do you think this is a motherfucking game?

A vagina. You ever saw one?

Aug 1 - 06:21 PM

Big Daddy101

Do you think this is a motherfucking game?

If I had a dollar for every good movie this year, I'd have 75 cents.

Aug 1 - 06:23 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Ain't that the truth of it.

Aug 2 - 03:17 PM

John R.

John Rizzo

2 Guns looks fun, but I'll wait for DVD and forget about Smurfs 2's existence. With the release of Elysium and Kick Ass 2 in the next few weeks though, it may be a fitting end to a good summer.

Aug 1 - 06:31 PM

ProducerPaul

Paul Barrett

What are you babbling about? Did you run out of tinfoil or something?

Aug 1 - 06:36 PM

Vits

Vicente Torres

I can't believe I'm saying this, but SMURFS PART 2 looks like a better pick. I mean, I think it'll be as terrible as the 1st one, but 2 GUNS just looks generic and boring. With SMURFS at least I have an idea of what I'll watch and how to prepare.

I haven't liked a lot of the recent coming-of-age films, despite their good reviews, because they all feel like they're way too similar. So I think I'll pass on THE SPECTACULAR NOW.

Aug 1 - 07:03 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

The chemistry for 2 Guns looks great. Probably worth renting.

Smurfs 2 makes me wondering just how desperate the film industry is getting.

Aug 1 - 07:26 PM

Willem DaPerson

Willem DaPerson

Desperate for more money it seems, that's new.

Aug 2 - 02:47 PM

Dave J

Dave J

According to boxofficemojo It's actually performing better than Woverine as of right now! It made 5 million on Wednesday, and made almost 5 million on Thursday which means that it's has more chances to be #1 at the box office next week!

Aug 2 - 02:51 PM

King  S.

King Simba

Actually that's a pretty underwhelming total so far for the Smurfs 2. It looks like its going to make 30 mil over the first five days which is less than what the first film made in its first 3 days. It's only beating Wolverine because that film is in its second weekend.

Doesn't really matter though. Smurfs 2 was greenlit based on its potential performance overseas, where so far its making a killing (so much for all the "United States is dumber than the rest of the world" rants that happened after Pacific Rim dissapointed domestically).

Aug 2 - 04:30 PM

Zach Trotter

Zach Trotter

I hope The Spectacular Now gets a wide release too!

Aug 1 - 07:28 PM

shadypotential

Chris Cox

Paula Patton topless scene in 2 Guns...

I'm there.

Aug 1 - 07:33 PM

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