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The Expendables 2 Reviews

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Bill Newcott
AARP Movies for Grownups
June 10, 2016
Little-known biological phenomenon: When a human body is shot, stabbed or punched really hard, it explodes like a balloon filled with ketchup. Also, heads and limbs detach with the ease of a G.I. Joe doll in the hands of a malevolent 3-year-old.
Full Review | Original Score: 3 of 5
J. Olson
April 10, 2016
It's loud and dumb, sure. But it's affable and funny in ways the original wasn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
Of course it's garbage. But this is my favorite kind of garbage.
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013
This sequel knows what its audience is looking for and succeeds admirably in providing it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
February 1, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
January 11, 2013
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.
Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers
December 11, 2012
"The Expendables 2″ is just entertaining enough to permit a third film. If only these steroids-packing seniors can coordinate schedules again.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Chris Sawin
November 22, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
November 5, 2012
Enjoyable, but disappointingly tame compared to its ferocious predecessor. The Expendables 2 is disposable.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeremy Wheeler
TV Guide
October 19, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ali Gray
October 19, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christian Law
We Got This Covered
October 12, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
Kofi Outlaw
October 2, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Adam Ross
The Aristocrat
September 27, 2012
...if seeing a man's head explode like a watermelon is your thing, book a ticket, because The Expendables 2 frequently makes fruit salad.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Patrick Kolan
IGN Movies AU
September 26, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeff Beck
September 12, 2012
This is a film made very specifically for action junkies. Unfortunately, for everyone else it's going to be very forgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2012
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 7, 2012
It's cheesy, fun, disposable action pap on a big scale - but, boy, is it lazy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Neil Pond
American Profile
September 6, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
September 6, 2012
The Expendables 2 may talk a big game, yet can't back it no matter how many muscles are on display.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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