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G.I. Joe: Retaliation Reviews

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Wesley Morris
Grantland
January 3, 2014
Did you think a second G.I. Joe movie was a good idea?
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
March 29, 2013
The filmmakers appear to have handed a dozen or so G.I. Joe dolls to a 9-year-old, watched him play for 110 minutes, and then shot a scene-for-scene remake.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
March 29, 2013
What a blast G.I. Joe: Retaliation is! And then another blast, and another, in a series of concussive jolts that shred any conventional sense of story as thoroughly as anything since the last Michael Bay film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
March 29, 2013
When it comes to big and loud, this is the movie to beat for at least this week; what makes it entertaining is its unabashed wallow in these qualities ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
March 29, 2013
Plays like a tiresomely extended evening of channel surfing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 29, 2013
No go, "Joe."
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
March 29, 2013
Retaliation is less a sequel than an antidote to the calcified mound of crap that ostensibly inspired it.
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March 28, 2013
What's the difference between an action figure and an action star? Very little in G.I. Joe: Retaliation, which features no performances of note, even from such combat-tested thespians as Bruce Willis, Jonathan Pryce and Dwayne Johnson.
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
March 28, 2013
There should be a "Fans Only" sign at the door of every theater.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
March 28, 2013
I won't pretend that I had a great time watching "G.I. Joe: Retaliation."
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
March 28, 2013
Ever played a video game with a friend and had to sit there while he hogged it, leaving you to do nothing but watch for what seemed like hours?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
March 28, 2013
Movies like GI Joe: Retaliation want to give you the video-game equivalent of an itchy trigger-finger. It's an emotion-free zone.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
March 28, 2013
Good luck recalling any other would-be set pieces a couple of days after you've seen Retaliation.
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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
March 28, 2013
It's not stoopid anymore, but just plain stupid.
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
March 28, 2013
People may flock to G.I. Joe: Retaliation despite its inert illogic. But don't say you weren't warned. As a wise man once said, "knowing is half the battle."
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
March 28, 2013
To borrow from Jack in the Box, "G. I. Joe: Retaliation" is one hot mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 28, 2013
Unmitigated nonsense to anyone but diehard fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
March 28, 2013
A lumbering beast, bogged down by too many characters and an incomprehensible plot.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times
March 28, 2013
Like a Dumpster bin behind Tiffany's, this contains nothing but well-packaged garbage.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
March 27, 2013
A more sure-footed shoot-'em-up that finds some heart, wit and perhaps enough momentum to spawn a formidable action franchise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 27, 2013
Everything in G.I. Joe: Retaliation is perfunctory - technically proficient but soulless. It's not exciting. It's boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 27, 2013
It's well-executed technocratic action fluff. But it did leave me buzzed rather than drained.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
March 27, 2013
That's not to say that this G.I. Joe is good, aside from a couple of dazzling action set pieces, but at least it's efficient in its muscular mindlessness.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
March 27, 2013
The G.I. Joe team is back, and most of their sophomore movie adventure, G.I. Joe Retaliation, is as bland as their name and as subtle as an exploding tank.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
March 27, 2013
It's like a giant explosion on a distant planet, observed but not felt.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 27, 2013
"G.I. Joe: Retaliation" has enough hoo-ah to bring a satisfying blast of blockbustery summer to dreary March.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
March 27, 2013
As for plot and character development, well, um ... did I mention the picture has a lot of guns?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
March 27, 2013
The junky pleasures of the first installment now just seem like junk in this noisy, nonsensical, lead-footed sequel.
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
March 27, 2013
It's not enough to call this the rare franchise action movie to bring the goods; it's the even rarer one whose creators seem to understand what the goods even are.
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 27, 2013
Good Lord, what did we do to deserve "G.I. Joe: Retaliation"?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
March 27, 2013
Once the story picks up, it's all ka-blam all the time, but rather than generate thrills and excitement, it ultimately becomes enervating.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 27, 2013
The directive behind this sequel, clearly, was non-stop action. Let's think about that phrase a second. Do we really want our action movies to deliver action that does not stop? Ever? I get a little tired of action sequences that won't stop.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Justin Chang
Variety
March 27, 2013
Retaliation makes any number of ham-fisted bids for topical relevance, and naturally almost every one of them represents an affront to good taste.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
March 27, 2013
Good if you're a 12-15-year-old boy, bad if you're just about anyone else.
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
March 26, 2013
It looks as though some bright spark at Joe HQ decided that what the series needed was to lose its fun, post-'Team America' self-awareness and replace it with unironic jingoism, military-fetish hardware and heavy-handed nods to real world events.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5