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The Expendables 2 (2012)

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Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 123
Fresh: 80 | Rotten: 43

Taut, violent, and suitably self-deprecating, The Expendables 2 gives classic action fans everything they can reasonably expect from a star-studded shoot-'em-up -- for better and for worse.

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Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 22
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 9

Taut, violent, and suitably self-deprecating, The Expendables 2 gives classic action fans everything they can reasonably expect from a star-studded shoot-'em-up -- for better and for worse.

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The Expendables are back and this time it's personal... Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone), Lee Christmas (Jason Statham), Yin Yang (Jet Li), Gunnar Jensen (Dolph Lundgren),Toll Road (Randy Couture) and Hale Caesar (Terry Crews) -- with newest members Billy the Kid (Liam Hemsworth) and Maggie (Yu Nan) aboard -- are reunited when Mr. Church (Bruce Willis) enlists the Expendables to take on a seemingly simple job. The task looks like an easy paycheck for Barney and his band of old-school

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Sylvester Stallone

Nov 20, 2012

$85.0M

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All Critics (123) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (80) | Rotten (43) | DVD (1)

"The Expendables 2" is lazily satisfied with repeating the first movie's formula, shortcomings and grisly strengths alike, just as the first movie was content to slavishly, ploddingly cover the hits of the '80s.

August 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Comments (11)
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Nice to know America's action stars, no matter how old they get, will never lack for gainful employment.

August 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Comments (14)
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Does exactly what it's supposed to do - no more, no less.

August 19, 2012 Full Review Source: ReelViews | Comments (5)
ReelViews
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Yeah, yeah, I get it: "The Expendables 2" is a fun-loving throwback to the gloriously bad action films of the 1980s. Here's what I don't get: Why couldn't it be a throwback to the good ones?

August 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Newsday | Comments (66)
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At least it's efficiently and breezily forgettable. What's more, there are laughs too and here's the best part - one or two of them are actually intentional.

August 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Comment (1)
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It's hard not to like a movie in which Bruce Willis' toupee-less CIA agent accuses Stallone's ragtag band of mercenaries of engaging in "male pattern badness.''

August 17, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
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This sequel knows what its audience is looking for and succeeds admirably in providing it.

June 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

The movies that many of these guys made in the 1980s and '90s were hardly bulletproof, but this is a cynical exercise in settling for what is expected to be passable.

February 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

At this point it's such a juvenile and boring experience with god awful writing, that it completely eliminates the fun of watching action heroes kick ass on screen.

January 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

"The Expendables 2″ is just entertaining enough to permit a third film. If only these steroids-packing seniors can coordinate schedules again.

December 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Chambers
Movie Chambers

There's a difference in tapping into that same cheesiness that made up the DNA in action films of the 80s and 90s and overdoing it. The Expendables 2 gets way too carried away with that aspect and dives into overkill territory more often than not.

November 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

Enjoyable, but disappointingly tame compared to its ferocious predecessor. The Expendables 2 is disposable.

November 5, 2012
Projection Booth

The Expendables 2 is a shot to the arm of pure, silly action-movie fun, and it stars so many heavy hitters it might break your brain to keep up with what's happening onscreen at various points during its slim 103-minute run time.

October 19, 2012 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Excessive in almost every other area possible: from outlandish explosions to over-the-top dialogue via horrendously delivered gags, it pushes the limit of what people will readily accept from an action movie that isn't directed by the Zuckers.

October 19, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
TheShiznit.co.uk

The Expendables 2 does for the action genre what ​"The Artist" ​did for the silent film genre: Distilled it down to its most basic parts before creating an homage that more than lives up to its past.

October 12, 2012 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

Those hoping for a deeper, smarter, or more polished piece of action cinema: Sorry, but this franchise has pretty much established it isn't about that.

October 2, 2012 Full Review Source: ScreenRant
ScreenRant

...if seeing a man's head explode like a watermelon is your thing, book a ticket, because The Expendables 2 frequently makes fruit salad.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: The Aristocrat
The Aristocrat

Perhaps we're pawns in an elaborate homage to excess and macho stupidity. It's purposefully - even wilfully - bad. Given that I can't prove that Simon West isn't actually that kind of wheels-within-wheels genius, he earns benefit of my doubt.

September 26, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN Movies AU
IGN Movies AU

This is a film made very specifically for action junkies. Unfortunately, for everyone else it's going to be very forgettable.

September 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com | Comments (3)
Examiner.com

It brings back everything that was good about the first movie and makes it truly great, then adds a whole bunch of extra awesome on top of it.

September 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal
Montreal Film Journal

It's cheesy, fun, disposable action pap on a big scale - but, boy, is it lazy.

September 7, 2012 Full Review Source: 3AW

Despite its ridiculously high kill count, there's a vein of humor running throughout the script and almost as many quips zipping around as bullets.

September 6, 2012 Full Review Source: American Profile
American Profile

The Expendables 2 may talk a big game, yet can't back it no matter how many muscles are on display.

September 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews | Comments (2)
Matt's Movie Reviews

The pleasures of watching the action-movie past getting one more shot at silver-screen glory is undeniable, but like its predecessor, The Expendables 2 is a better concept than it is a movie.

August 31, 2012 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Comments (4)
Q Network Film Desk

Pitches itself as the ultimate indulgence in action but it's only firing blanks

August 30, 2012 Full Review Source: The Popcorn Junkie | Comments (4)
The Popcorn Junkie

Yes, it's a joke, but it's an hilariously awesome one.

August 30, 2012 Full Review Source: The Standard | Comments (4)

Audience Reviews for The Expendables 2

Sly and his team of fellow gun-totin' geriatrics is called in to retrieve a computer hard drive that contains a map showing the whereabouts of a mine full of plutonium. The Expendables is probably the film the term 'geriaction' was coined for and it was a load of obnoxious, braindead, gratuitous shit. For the sequel, we once again dive into the world of the American male mid-life crisis which contains the same cocktail of fat-necked has-beens exterminating the most villainous villains imaginable with a variety of weapons grade phalli whilst reliving the good old days of the Cold War. The original film's gleeful representation of some unnecessarily graphic violence was its downfall but thanks to the addition of some innocent villagers to protect, this is far more in the spirit of classic kitsch TV show The A-Team and is much more palatable as a result. The cartoon violence on show here is much less repulsive in its representation, we actually get to see Chuck, Arnie and Bruce join in on the carnage rather than just regurgitating a couple of lines and disappearing as happened in the first film and Jean Claude Van Damme actually makes a far more entertaining bad guy than he ever did a hero. Of course the plot is inconsequential, the characterisation as sophisticated as a hollow point to the face and the dialogue immature and bone-headed, but The Expendables 2 has something the original sorely lacked; the necessary sense of irony and fun which makes it all amusingly idiotic rather than just plain idiotic.
April 24, 2013
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16/02/2013 (Online)
February 17, 2013
EightThirty

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More of the same over the top action, with even more cameos this time. Including Chuck Norris, More Willis and Schwarzenegger time on screen and even more cheesy lines. If they do any more they will start to be listed under comedies not action films.
February 10, 2013
Deano78

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The first "Expendables": A bore.
"The Expendables 2": Even worse.

Oh "Expendables 2", you can shove in even more bodies like Chuck Norris, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, and Jean-Claude Van Damme -- you can drag out an infinite supply of stampeding soldiers just to inevitably be shot at like those Call of Duty AI degenerates -- you can explode the entire scenery into smithereens -- but nothing will change the fact that your action set-pieces are boring. Nothing will change the fact that though you got the "Terminator", John McClane, and Rambo all in one frame, the action all comes narrowing down to a simple 2-step mechanic:
1) The camera faces a shooter that is shooting a gun away
2) Camera cuts to some nameless guy getting sprayed away by that shooter.
The movie's a bore, guys. That same camera cut is plastered throughout the entire hour and 42 minutes. No action? No problem -- cue the laughably awful dialogue and the ludicrously uninteresting sub-narrative. After the movie, I can't recall one memorable scene. Not one. Coupled with the flavorless acting is the ugliest looking CGI-blood ever.

Sometimes, being overbloated with tons of action scenes doesn't make your movie the baddest of them all. After all that dizzying affair of explosions and bullets, I can recall that the few action scenes "Django Unchained" had was much, MUCH more gratifying and entertaining than "Expendables 2" in its entirety. I came into this film with the least of expectations, and I was still left sorely disappointed. It may have a buffet load of action, but the quality is all crap.
January 13, 2013
Albert Kim

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    1. Trench: I'm almost out. I'll be back!
    2. Mr. Church: You've been back enough! I'll be back!
    3. Trench: Yippie-Ki-Yay.
    – Submitted by Andrew D (9 months ago)
    1. Lee Christmas: And by the power vested in me, I now pronounce you - Man and Knife.
    – Submitted by T R (12 months ago)
    1. Trench: I'm back!
    – Submitted by Jed G (15 months ago)
    1. Gunnar Jensen: So when are you coming back?
    2. Yin Yang: Maybe soon, maybe never, maybe try a new life.
    3. Gunnar Jensen: Then who am I supposed to pick on?
    4. Yin Yang: You will find another minority.
    – Submitted by Kevin Q (17 months ago)
    1. Barney Ross: We keep it light, until it's time to go dark. Then we go pitch black.
    – Submitted by Jeremy B (19 months ago)
    1. Barney Ross: [mockingly] Hello, darlin'.
    2. Lee Christmas: Hello, darlin'.
    – Submitted by Patricia I (19 months ago)
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