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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Reviews

June 16, 2017
In Marvel lingo, Guardians 2 feels like a great six-issue arc, the kind of storytelling that used to be the backbone of superhero comics.
May 12, 2017
As Baby Groot's companions battle the tentacular horror in the background, we're treated to the delightful spectacle of the mini-veggie juking his way through "Mr. Blue Sky" in the opening credits.
May 8, 2017
Let's hope that Vol. 3 recaptures the fizz of the original, instead of slumping into the most expensive group-therapy session in the universe.
May 5, 2017
[Yondu's] presence kicks the idling movie into gear, and into a final third act for which all of the previous meandering can be forgiven - and the talk of family finally accrues the weight the film has been trying to put on it.
May 5, 2017
The reunion of the Guardians cements Pratt's mega-stardom. He has a shaggy young Kurt Russell vibe (think Big Trouble in Little China,). And Russell himself is a great addition to the ensemble, providing a dose of kick-back, kick-ass action
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 5, 2017
Director James Gunn has a vision and he puts it across, but it ain't pretty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 5, 2017
All sequels repeat the best tricks of their predecessors, but director James Gunn's choice of tricks is way more fun than most ...
May 5, 2017
Here's hoping the inevitable Vol. 3 rebuilds some of the first film's heart, because Vol. 2 feels like hollow spectacle, however gorgeously rendered.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 4, 2017
There's a thin line between just enough and too much, and "Guardians Vol. 2" trips over that line and never gets back up.
Full Review | Original Score: C
May 4, 2017
Often loud, occasionally obnoxious and so consistently convinced of its own awesomeness that it will not, it cannot, stop pointing out everything that makes it so utterly wonderful.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 4, 2017
Like many a sequel to a slam-bang, much-liked mega-hit, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 isn't quite as much fun, not quite as clever, not quite as fresh as the original - but it still packs a bright and shiny and sweet punch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 4, 2017
"Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" certainly has its attractions, but most of them are visual rather than narrative.
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May 4, 2017
Mildly enjoyable while instantly forgettable ...
May 4, 2017
Like a visit from amusing friends who stay a bit longer than expected, it's easy to forgive the indulgence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 4, 2017
It's hyperbolic nonsense wrapped in the colors of a neon rainbow, bouncing from one artfully wacky scenario to the next. Here it's sleekly futuristic, there it's older than mud. It's the galaxy's silliest thrill show.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 4, 2017
"Vol. 2" might have been a bit more focused. Still, it's an imaginative romp that once again reflects Gunn's unique and irreverent sensibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 4, 2017
If it's overstuffed in the way of most sequels, well, at least it's stuffed with good cheer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 4, 2017
Vol. 2 doesn't take long to get moving, and once it starts, it just goes. There isn't a lot in the way of downtime and there aren't any moments of filler.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 4, 2017
The sharp comic timing and devil-may-care breeziness of the original only return intermittently, and the new film's emphasis is on family feuds and forgiveness. It's heavy on the feels. There are hugs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 3, 2017
Volume 2 can claim to be bigger and better than its predecessor, although it still suffers from some of the narrative sleight-of-hand issues that kept Guardians of Galaxy from achieving greatness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 3, 2017
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a toe-tapping, eye-popping indication that summer is here, and that it might not suck after all.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 3, 2017
In terms of sheer entertainment value, though, this Guardians of the Galaxy ultimately shares just enough with its central quintet -- rather heroically getting the job done, even if the trip from here to there can be a bit disjointed and messy.
May 3, 2017
It's stupid-smart bits... that make up for the more routine aspects of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 3, 2017
Though individually and as a group the Guardians don't do anything they didn't do in the first film, "Vol. 2's" insistence on hitting everything twice as hard soon becomes wearing.
May 3, 2017
Likable and irreverently funny for what it is.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 3, 2017
[In the end credits] you get to hear "Flashlight" by that original group of interstellar misfits, Parliament. "GotG 2" may not have its predecessor's shock of the new, but any film that introduces the current generation to P-Funk can't be all bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 3, 2017
"Guardians 2" throws a lot into the pot, but it keeps all the elements clear and finds ways to have fun at every turn.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 3, 2017
If the first one didn't exist, this one would seem revolutionary. But the first one does, and "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," for all its charms, will live in its shadow.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 2, 2017
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 probably couldn't, and definitely doesn't, recapture the sweet and singular silliness of the original, though the new edition from Marvel Studios and Disney has its rewards.
May 2, 2017
It's a rare misstep for the usually sure-footed folks behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 2, 2017
The Guardians of the Galaxy movies are allowed to simply be movies rather than bridges to other, future Marvel franchises. It frees them up to be fun.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 2, 2017
The rare Hollywood CGI orgy that doesn't take itself deadly seriously-like the current plague of superhero movies-and wants to be as purely entertaining as possible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 28, 2017
...aims to please with breathtaking set pieces that'll convince you to delete all your old diatribes about CGI ruining the movies. But... too many of the punch lines are referential; how much comedy can you milk from the mere mention of David Hasselhoff?
April 28, 2017
Vol. 2 still has the loosey-goosey feel of a rogue epic that the kids made when the grown-ups weren't watching. Only a turd blossom could resist it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 27, 2017
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 amps up what you loved about the first film, but a frustratingly unfocused plot keeps it from surpassing its predecessor.
April 27, 2017
Any action film that sets its opening sequence to ELO's "Mister Blue Sky" can't be all bad, but the "Guardians" franchise will need more than an excellent vinyl collection from here on out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 26, 2017
While this Guardians of the Galaxy has no earnest belief in its sci-fi theatrics, it believes surprisingly sincerely in its characters' inner lives, the ones buried beneath their sarcastic exteriors.
April 25, 2017
The vibe is corporate, and of the most depressing kind: It's not enough that you've paid for this product. You have to sit through commercials for the next one and the next and the next.
April 25, 2017
Will everyone enjoy "Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2"? Of course. But if this franchise is going to survive, the producers of Vol. 3 better invest a bit more in script development and a bit less on explosions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 24, 2017
Gunn's soundtrack picks also come as a surprise and work exceptionally well -- there's a scene where Star-Lord and Baby Groot cozy up while listening to Cat Stevens' Father and Son that might find you looking for a hanky underneath your popcorn tub.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 24, 2017
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 comes at us grinning from ear-to-ear for nearly two and a half hours. It's high on its own supply.
April 24, 2017
For the sequel, writer-director James Gunn has doubled down on all his once-nifty novelties. Strip them away and what remains is a bloated semi-mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 24, 2017
The characters are still fun to be around, the one-liners are still sharp and the soundtrack is, of course, terrific.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 24, 2017
Vol. 2 is filler, to be sure, but if you like the flavor of these movies, you'll enjoy this second bite.
April 24, 2017
Apart from the pleasure in seeing old characters in new ways, there's also all the eye candy surrounding them. Marvel has never stinted on special effects, but this film is practically psychedelic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 24, 2017
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 plays like a second ride on a roller-coaster that was a real kick the first time around but feels very been-there/done-that now.
April 24, 2017
It's still a good Marvel movie (at times, a very good one), but it's a come down from the dizzying highs of the first installment. The laughs are still there, but they're less involuntary.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
April 24, 2017
Shot for shot, line and line, it's an extravagant and witty follow-up, made with the same friendly virtuosic dazzle. Yet this time you can sense just how hard the series' wizard of a director, James Gunn, is working to entertain you.
April 24, 2017
Gunn remains a wizard of a nearly impossible task. The ex-Troma director is ideally suited to transform what should be a hokey B-movie into one of Marvel's most audacious ongoing storylines.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
April 24, 2017
Just like the first one, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a winning and wonderfully relatable gem of crazy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4