The Expendables 2

The Expendables 2

The Expendables 2

Sylvester Stallone's action extravaganza redux with a platinum gold, muscle-clad cast (deep breath): Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Norris, Van Damme, Willis, Li, Statham, Hemsworth, Crews and Lundgren.

Mr. Church (Willis) reunites the Expendables to take on a seemingly simple job. The task looks like an easy paycheck for Barney (Stallone) and his crack team of heavies. But when things go wrong and one of their own is viciously killed, it becomes personal and the mercs-for-hire set off on a bullet-ridden, explosion-heavy quest for revenge.

2012Rating: R16, contains violence102 minsUSA
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The Expendables 2 / Reviews

Variety

Variety

Redundant, bombastic and cheekily self-aware, The Expendables 2 is also savvy enough to supply its own auto-critique.

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Total Film

Total Film

"Sometimes it's fun to run with the pack," counsels self-confessed lone wolf Chuck Norris. For the most part, you'd be well advised to choose the opposite direction.

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Time Out

Time Out

The highlight is a bruising pas de deux between Statham and direct-to-video star Scott Adkins, a sequence that channels yesteryear's testosteronized cinema instead of exhuming it. You can only hope the inevitable third entry will use that as a model.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Pleasantly dumb fun if you watch it with the right mind-set.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

There's some comedy in there, too, intentional – mostly. As a poignant study of the ageing process, it's on a rough par with "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel." For The Expendables 3, they might want to consider enlisting Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson and Judi Dench.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

What gives Expendables 2 its charm is the film's unabashed nostalgia for the genre's best B-movie moments.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Taut, humorous and attractively packaged, the sequel is both fleet footed and engaging enough to captivate audiences with more than just nonstop action.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Taut, humorous and attractively packaged, the sequel is both fleet footed and engaging enough to captivate audiences with more than just nonstop action.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

A huge, bulging disappointment.

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Box Office Magazine

Box Office Magazine

This over-the-top sequel caters to the lowest common denominator in the best possible way, and it's so fully committed to brainless bombast that it muscles audiences to applaud by sheer force of will.

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