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Kick-Ass 2 Reviews

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Wesley Morris
Grantland
January 3, 2014
All the wonder and surprise of the first movie is gone. It's just aping the violence in other movies and other comic books.
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Ali Arikan
RogerEbert.com
August 16, 2013
Solve a crossword puzzle. Call grandma. Do whatever you like. But don't see this reprehensible movie.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 16, 2013
If it works at all, fitfully, it's because of the precociously talented and in-control Moretz, who basically carries the entire film on her own small shoulders.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
August 16, 2013
Sequel offers exactly the blend of R-rated nastiness and candy-colored action fans expect.
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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
August 16, 2013
Even the novelty of a deadly, blasphemous Hit-Girl wears off, and all that's left is over-the-top violence and under-the-belt humor.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
August 16, 2013
What was once shocking now just elicits a shrug.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Adam Nayman
Globe and Mail
August 16, 2013
The year's most unpleasant movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
August 16, 2013
The savvy wit and inspiration on display in the first film is absent in this dumbed-down, warmed over retread. Consider its ass kicked.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
August 15, 2013
"Kick-Ass 2" can't decide what it wants to be when it grows up: a vessel for unhinged vengeance and destruction or a meta-critique of those same impulses.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
August 15, 2013
Writer-director Jeff Wadlow establishes a premise and follows it without compromise, but the trail leads to a very ugly place. In the end, the journey wasn't really worth it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 15, 2013
It revels in carnage while lacking the visual style and gleeful humor of the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
August 15, 2013
I miss Nicolas Cage.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
August 15, 2013
There isn't anything good to say about "Kick-Ass 2," the even more witless, mirthless follow-up to "Kick-Ass."
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 15, 2013
Cartoonishly violent, with blood spray, vomit spew, severed limbs, impaled torsos and more, Kick-Ass 2 has none of the punky flair of the Matthew Vaughn-directed original.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
August 15, 2013
It's a smart, edgy, unpredictable action-comedy, the tonal opposite of overwrought sculptures like "Man of Steel."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 15, 2013
It no longer seems very smart (the YouTube and texting references are so 2010) and it's also not much fun anymore.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
August 15, 2013
The meta-satire hits you over the head until not just your Spidey sense is tingling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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William Goss
Film.com
August 15, 2013
...an even more pronounced cartoon that maintains the first film's habit of mocking comic conventions while rarely subverting them.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
August 15, 2013
"Kick-Ass 2" has a mean-spirited vigilante streak the first film lacked (it seemed more concerned with justice, in its way), as well as a fatigue.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
August 15, 2013
What seemed edgy and brash in the original film is now routine and old-hat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 15, 2013
A joke isn't as funny the second time around, and maybe especially not if you shout it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 15, 2013
Bungles the original cult hit's stylized ultraviolence and blunts its wincingly sharp humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 15, 2013
To stand out in a crowded marketplace, a sequel can't just kick ass - it has to blow minds.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 15, 2013
While there are some solid gold moments, the story as a whole has an unfocused, meandering quality, and there are elements that simply don't work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader
August 15, 2013
Sticking to the original's box-office-busting formula of blood, guts, boobs, and bad words, Wadlow sleepwalks through the material, failing to inject any personality into what's actually an incredibly disturbing story of pathological teens.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 15, 2013
Honestly, this movie is rank.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 15, 2013
While Kick-Ass 2 does a decent job of replicating the look and feel of the original (as well as that of the Millar comics), it doesn't have the same urgency.
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
August 15, 2013
"Kick-Ass 2" is a lesser version of what it appears to be, an uncertain jumble rather than a true exploration of outrage, violence and identity.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 15, 2013
A witless, mean-spirited sequel, "Kick-Ass 2" has the emotional maturity of an arrested 12-year-old and the ethical compass of a turnip.
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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
August 15, 2013
A juvenile comedy of excess, in which skewering adolescent power fantasies looks an awful lot like indulging in them.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Tony Hicks
San Jose Mercury News
August 14, 2013
The whole movie could be considered a questionable attempt at appealing to 14-year-old boys, as the delightful irony of the first "Kick-Ass" was apparently exhausted before the sequel was made.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Justin Chang
Variety
August 14, 2013
"Kick-Ass 2″ improves on its 2010 predecessor in at least one respect: It doesn't make the mistake of trying to pass off its bone-crunching brutality as something shocking or subversive.
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
August 14, 2013
If the original felt like it was designed for adolescents, however, this follow-up feels like it was made by an adolescent, one with a whopping case of ADHD.
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
August 14, 2013
You might not mind that director Jeff Wadlow, even more than Vaughn, has made sure that it's only the images that are provocative--never the ideas.
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Christy Lemire
ChristyLemire.com
August 14, 2013
The unloaded gun is also unfortunately a rather apt metaphor for the movie itself. Kick-Ass 2 may look powerful, but doesn't have much real pop.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Cath Clarke
Time Out
August 12, 2013
You'll still be laughing, but where 'Kick-Ass' giggled at action cliches, this sometimes slips into them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5