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G.I. Joe: Retaliation Reviews

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
April 5, 2013
Tea Party paranoia about Obama's alien identity and fascist agenda apparently motivated this disappointing sequel, which pits the Joes against an impostor U.S. president (Jonathan Pryce) working for the evil forces of Cobra.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Louis Black
Austin Chronicle
April 5, 2013
As to be expected, Johnson actually imbues his character with some humanity, but in the cacophony that is this movie, this doesn't really amount to much.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com
April 4, 2013
Routine action adventure but that mountainside battle is one for the record books.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
April 4, 2013
The plot is just a thin outline providing opportunities for lots of shootouts, explosions, chases, kung-fu fighting and massive destruction (including the destruction of a major world city). But that is what you buy your ticket to see, after all.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
April 4, 2013
Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis provide performances that should be in the hall of shame under the category "Best example of going through the motions for a paycheck."

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
April 2, 2013
There's a decent attempt to humanize the characters and make them more than mere fighting machines...but there are also potholes in the logic of the screenplay, by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times
April 2, 2013
This movie never realizes how ridiculous anything it does truly is, right up to the last-second promise of another sequel.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Philip French
Observer (UK)
April 1, 2013
It's like the childhood dream of the president of the National Rifle Association.
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
March 31, 2013
G.I. Joe: Retaliation is such a craven and relentless onslaught of obsessive gun fetishization that you half expect to see the NRA's logo appear alongside Paramount and Hasbro.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Kevin A. Ranson
MovieCrypt.com
March 31, 2013
Folks, we'd all love to see a hard-line G.I. Joe film where everything is realistic, but when was the show ever realistic?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/4.0
Widgett Walls
Needcoffee.com
March 30, 2013
If you played with G.I. Joe action figures...any crazy storyline you came up with is probably less silly than this.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Tony Medley
Tolucan Times
March 30, 2013
...mind-numbingly moronic despite good 3D and CGI...
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Pete Vonder Haar
Houston Press
March 30, 2013
If you went back to 1984 and told me there would be a serious production about toys called "Destro" and "Ripcord," I'd have asked you when lobotomies became mandatory.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
March 30, 2013
The movie ricochets between interesting characters and idiotic ones, between clever plot developments and ludicrous ones, between smart dialogue and -- wait, scratch that; there is no smart dialogue, just marble-mouthed monologues and limp quips.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers
March 30, 2013
You should be able to sit through a big-budget action flick, based on action toys, without being intimately familiar with the toys. That's what bugs me about "G.I. Joe: Retaliation."
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
March 30, 2013
Where the first film is a rancid violation of everything that makes cinema even a little bit tolerable in any regard, the sequel is merely empty and mediocre.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Kevin Carr
Fat Guys at the Movies
March 29, 2013
Sure, there's action, but these scenes seem more about shaking things up todistract the viewer from the overly convoluted, disjointed and nonsensical plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
March 29, 2013
This high-octane installment is a slight improvement but still primarily about gunfights and special effects, with a ridiculous script about world domination that takes itself way too seriously.
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
March 29, 2013
The self-deprecating humour, including what sounds like an in-production bet to place lyrics from Tears for Fears and Queen songs in the mouths of the bad guys, means the film plays like a Bond movie written by Russell T Davis.
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
March 29, 2013
Fight-filled and blasting but forgettable - totally lacking the essential element of cartoonish fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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