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Mixed or average reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 35
  2. Negative: 10 out of 35
  1. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Aug 14, 2013
    70
    The film delivers almost exactly what fans of the first installment are hoping for.
  2. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Aug 14, 2013
    70
    The most welcome change is the tone. Wadlow has decided he's making a straight-up comedy, and he demonstrates a knack for it.
  3. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Aug 15, 2013
    67
    It's rambunctiously amusing but the laughs clot in your throat. There's a meaner streak this time to Kick-Ass and Hit Girl's exploits, or maybe Carrey's sensitivity is justified. Either way, the third act of Kick-Ass 2 is a visceral beatdown.
  4. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Aug 15, 2013
    63
    I do get a chuckle out of movies with wildly inappropriate behavior, rude language and ultramayhem, especially when they involve children, but Kick-Ass 2 sometimes felt like being trapped in a room with the funniest guy in seventh grade.
  5. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Aug 15, 2013
    63
    Tone isn't the movie's sole problem. There's something off-putting about Christopher Mitz-Plasse as the chief bad guy.
  6. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Aug 15, 2013
    60
    Kick-Ass 2, a movie that, for all its predictable sequel-ness, manages to conjure up pretty much the same dark magic that the earlier film did, albeit with more troubling results. Believe it or not, Kick-Ass 2 is even more of a provocation than the first Kick-Ass.
  7. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Aug 14, 2013
    60
    As diverting as this action-packed caper often is, it feels not just weightless but emotionally and morally stunted whenever it veers into grown-up dramatic territory.
  8. Reviewed by: Owen Williams
    Aug 12, 2013
    60
    A more modest success than the first "Kick-Ass," but still of-a-piece with its scurrilous predecessor. Nobody flies a jet-pack up a skyscraper this time, but Kick-Ass 2 still has its share of over-the-top action, and the sweary laughs are just about intact.
  9. Reviewed by: Matt Risley
    Aug 12, 2013
    60
    A fun if sporadically schizoid return to one of the brighter, brasher comic-bookers of recent years.
  10. Reviewed by: Cath Clarke
    Aug 12, 2013
    60
    The best thing about ‘Kick-Ass’ was Moretz, and Hit-Girl still gets the best lines. Like the first film, Kick-Ass 2 pulls the reality of teen life into its fantasy.
  11. Reviewed by: William Goss
    Aug 15, 2013
    56
    Faithful to the superficial thrills and flaws of the original.
  12. Reviewed by: Chris Nashawaty
    Aug 15, 2013
    50
    Moretz, who is 16 now, can't manufacture the same that's-so-wrong jolt she managed the first time around. Back then, it was hilariously taboo to see a little girl spout arias of profanity. Now, she's just another teenager swearing. Like the rest of the film, what was once shocking now just elicits a shrug.
  13. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Aug 15, 2013
    50
    Like its own protagonists, 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. In going for both, it winds up being neither.
  14. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Aug 15, 2013
    50
    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. It’s still funny, particularly when Hit Girl spews profanity and wields weapons. It’s just not as good.
  15. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Aug 15, 2013
    50
    A weird mix of the refreshing and the dispiriting, Kick-Ass 2 is appealing in its brutal honesty and repellent in its honest brutality.
  16. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Aug 15, 2013
    50
    To stand out in a crowded marketplace, a sequel can’t just kick ass — it has to blow minds.
  17. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Aug 15, 2013
    50
    What seemed edgy and brash in Kick-Ass is now routine and old-hat. The first movie was a brash satire on formulaic comic-book movies — exactly the sort of picture the sequel turns out to be.
  18. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    Aug 14, 2013
    50
    Even with its edges sanded down, Kick-Ass 2 is unmistakably Millaresque — a juvenile comedy of excess, in which skewering adolescent power fantasies looks an awful lot like indulging in them.
  19. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Aug 14, 2013
    50
    Kick-Ass 2 returns with the original’s rollicking sense of vulgarity and bodily trauma fully intact, but the story has more plot lines to string together than absolutely necessary.
  20. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Aug 14, 2013
    50
    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.
  21. Reviewed by: Gabe Toro
    Aug 14, 2013
    50
    The crime isn’t that Kick-Ass 2 is vulgar (which it is), but that it’s for so little gain.
  22. 50
    That makes Kick Ass 2 more sour than sweet, a movie that jokes about comic book fanboys but stops short of mocking them the way the first film did.
  23. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Aug 15, 2013
    40
    The meta-satire hits you over the head until not just your Spidey sense is tingling.
  24. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    Aug 14, 2013
    40
    A messy, confused, over-the-top mixture of brutality and sick comedy, puckishness and ugliness, self-awareness and tone-deafness.
  25. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    Aug 13, 2013
    40
    Your ass is constantly braced in readiness and hope, but it remains un-kicked.
  26. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Aug 15, 2013
    38
    Kick-Ass 2 is an uninspired retread. All too often it plays like a Comic-Con gone insane, with costumed do-gooders taking on costumed criminals in gratuitously vicious battles.
  27. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Aug 15, 2013
    38
    Kick-Ass is a prime example of a movie that never should have bothered with a sequel. Not only is its successor played-out, but it revels in carnage while lacking the visual style and gleeful humor of the original.
  28. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Aug 15, 2013
    38
    In the annals of sequeldom, Kick-Ass 2 has to be one of the lamest follow-ups ever.
  29. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Aug 15, 2013
    38
    It's no better, no worse and essentially no different from the jocular, clodhopping brutality of the first one.
  30. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Aug 15, 2013
    25
    Kick-Ass 2 is a special kind of crap: the kind smart people make for audiences they think are stupid.
  31. Reviewed by: Stephen Whitty
    Aug 15, 2013
    25
    If it works at all, fitfully, it's because of the precociously talented and in-control Moretz, who carries the film on her own small shoulders.
  32. Reviewed by: Chris Cabin
    Aug 14, 2013
    25
    The film doubles down on the love-hate relationship with ultra-violence that typified its predecessor, but A History of Violence this is not.
  33. Reviewed by: Adam Nayman
    Aug 15, 2013
    12
    Arriving at the tail end of blockbuster season, this cheaply produced sequel to the surprise 2011 hit arrives in plenty of time to claim the title of the year’s most unpleasant movie.
  34. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Aug 15, 2013
    10
    The writer and director, Jeff Wadlow, can’t obscure the movie’s misogyny, and he also has a tough time staging a scene and selling a joke. His worst offense is that he has no understanding of the power, gravity and terrible beauty of violent imagery, which means he has no grasp of cinema.
  35. Reviewed by: Ali Arikan
    Aug 16, 2013
    0
    One of the year's worst films.
User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 566 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 16 out of 145
  1. LTR
    Aug 16, 2013
    10
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  2. Aug 16, 2013
    10
    This movie was spectacular. I had adrenaline pumping through me from the fights. The story itself was great too, this is without a doubt oneThis movie was spectacular. I had adrenaline pumping through me from the fights. The story itself was great too, this is without a doubt one of the best movies I have every seen. Its way better than its predecessor. Full Review »
  3. Aug 16, 2013
    8
    If you enjoyed the first film then don't hesitate to see this one. It is filled with the same profanity and hyper violence as the original.If you enjoyed the first film then don't hesitate to see this one. It is filled with the same profanity and hyper violence as the original. The humor is still there even if it's even darker than the original and there are a few scenes that can be seen to be in bad taste if you take the movie too seriously. Overall it's a worthy sequel that has fantastic performances from the majority of actors with Jim Carrey and Christopher Mintz-Plasse standing out in particular. If you liked the first film then there is no reason why you wouldn't enjoy this one to so give it a try! Full Review »