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The Expendables 2 Reviews

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
August 31, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie
August 30, 2012
Pitches itself as the ultimate indulgence in action but it's only firing blanks
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Matt Neal
The Standard
August 30, 2012
Yes, it's a joke, but it's an hilariously awesome one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
August 30, 2012
I like the idea of bringing this cast together but it needed a stronger, more captivating story.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Aaron Yap
August 30, 2012
Post-modern eye-winkery that lets its stars cringingly regurgitate classic action-movie quips.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
August 30, 2012
The film thunders through its paces, under the energetic direction of Simon West.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Travis Johnson
FILMINK (Australia)
August 30, 2012
The plot is limp and the attempts at pathos are close to cringe-worthy, but there's no denying this sequel absolutely delivers in terms of classic testosterone-fuelled action.
Yury Glikin
August 30, 2012
The Expendables 2 may not win any awards and will probably never be used in any university movie courses, but if you are in the mood for some good old-fashioned American action - then strap yourself in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
August 30, 2012
The best that can be said of these spectacularly stoo-pid scenes is that you can't look away from them. But my, oh my, you can laugh at them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Simon Foster
August 30, 2012
The Expendables 2 meanders through a reined-in, talky first half before giving the modern action fans (or, more likely, their fathers) the nostalgic bloodbath they have unknowingly longed for.
Simon Miraudo
August 29, 2012
Any hope I had of keeping a tally of fatalities in The Expendables 2 was quickly dashed by the opening melee, which makes the last ten minutes of The Wild Bunch look like the first ten minutes of Up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cole Smithey
August 29, 2012
With a script seemingly dashed off on a chalkboard, "The Expendables 2" lives up to its title in the most pejorative way. Everything about this bombastic goofball action movie screams "disposable."
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
August 29, 2012
If you can get past all that blood and goofy, heavy-handed humor, this reunion of action stars on the brink of retirement is entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
August 28, 2012
The Expendables 2 is that 80s mothers milk, fortified (and aged) into whiskey - and it's a fun to drink in with friends.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
August 27, 2012
The pleasure of seeing Arnie back with a (large) gun in his hand, cracking the odd joke at his own and his team's expense, and all the collected weight of a thousand years of action hero experience to call on. Van Damme it, it's a blast
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
August 27, 2012
It's not as good as the first film but if it's mindless bloody action you want with a few wry laughs and you've had a rough day at the office, this will undoubtedly shake the cobwebs
Ed Gibbs
The Sunday Age
August 26, 2012
It's a testosterone feast for fan boys, as it currently stands, and not without its laughs. But it could so easily go so much further.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
August 25, 2012
The contest in "The Expendables 2" is to see what piles up fastest: Spent ammunition casings, stuntmen playing dead, or utterances of catchphrases past.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jackie K. Cooper
August 24, 2012
Let's hear it for the old(er) guys. They still carry the punch for an action movie. The humor helps too.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
August 24, 2012
I won't ruin the Norris "fact" used in the film, but it provides one of the few genuine laughs, and it's certainly better than the forced wisecracks centering around past iconic figures created by co-stars Stallone, Willis and Schwarzenegger.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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