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  • Summary: Barney Ross, Lee Christmas, Yin Yang, Gunnar Jensen, Toll Road and Hale Caesar -- with newest members Billy the Kid and Maggie aboard -- are reunited when Mr. Church enlists the Expendables to take on a seemingly simple job. The task looks like an easy paycheck for Barney and his band ofBarney Ross, Lee Christmas, Yin Yang, Gunnar Jensen, Toll Road and Hale Caesar -- with newest members Billy the Kid and Maggie aboard -- are reunited when Mr. Church 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 mercenaries. But when things go wrong and one of their own is viciously killed, the Expendables are compelled to seek revenge in hostile territory where the odds are stacked against them. [Lionsgate] Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 28
  2. Negative: 2 out of 28
  1. Reviewed by: Amy Nicholson
    Aug 15, 2012
    80
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: John Semley
    Aug 13, 2012
    75
    It plays out like a series wet-dream scenarios, performed by a cast of vintage action figures battered and broken from overuse, bleached and slightly molted from sitting in the sun too long.
  3. Reviewed by: Todd Gilchrist
    Aug 14, 2012
    67
    As a film that even passingly acknowledges the disposability of stars in a genre whose artistic merits are considered negligible (if they're considered at all), The Expendables 2 is indispensable entertainment.
  4. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Aug 16, 2012
    50
    Mr. Norris arrives just as the blood baths and leaden dialogue are beginning to grow tedious, and his deadpan self-parody is pretty darn funny. More important, it gives you permission to laugh at the rest of this mindless movie, which is the only way to choke it down.
  5. Reviewed by: Tom Russo
    Aug 18, 2012
    50
    As it stands, The Expendables 2 is lazily satisfied with repeating the first movie's formula, shortcomings and grisly strengths alike.
  6. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Aug 18, 2012
    42
    The Expendables 2 makes a franchise out of a novelty item, and the nostalgic kick is gone: It's a reminder that most of those '80s actioners were xenophobic and dumb, that many of its stars had more muscle mass than charisma, and that the sight of these old fossils referring to themselves as old fossils is more pathetic than cheekily self-referential.
  7. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Aug 15, 2012
    25
    Chuck Norris is also in this movie, although you should know that he gets roughly five minutes of screen time, half of those devoted to his telling of a Chuck Norris joke. That is as funny as the movie's self-aware humor gets.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 84 out of 103
  2. Negative: 10 out of 103
  1. Aug 27, 2012
    10
    This movie is for people who appreciate the old fun of movies like Commando, Rambo, Die Hard and just guns, explosions and mayhem. I lovedThis movie is for people who appreciate the old fun of movies like Commando, Rambo, Die Hard and just guns, explosions and mayhem. I loved this movie because I grew up with the classic action films of the 80s and to this day still watch them. Not to be missed if you fit into this category. It does not disappoint. Yippey ki-yay.....M&^%&^$R F%^&*%&^R! Expand
  2. Aug 16, 2014
    10
    The film begins with great action and ends the same. Fun all the way and one familiar face after another pops up and stays long enough toThe film begins with great action and ends the same. Fun all the way and one familiar face after another pops up and stays long enough to appreciate them being there ! Some fantastic stunts with dialogue which can be heard and understood throughout. Obviously lots of killing but shown in an action packed way without close ups and very little bad language. Expected a run of the mill action movie but came out after 100 minutes having enjoyed every moment and looking forward to the next one. Stallone must be very pleased with this work. Expand
  3. Sep 2, 2014
    9
    Its not a thoughtful movie. Its a brain-dead movie embodiment of Call of Duty. They went ahead, hired all the actors from Cult Classics likeIts not a thoughtful movie. Its a brain-dead movie embodiment of Call of Duty. They went ahead, hired all the actors from Cult Classics like Rambo and Terminator and Rocky, then threw in a few lesser known actors, a few new actors, and gave them all huge arse guns and said "Have Fun". And so they did. Its goofy, stupid, bloody, mindless, and i've watched it way to many times Expand
  4. Aug 18, 2012
    8
    The movie follows the most simplest of rules when it comes to entertainment: give the people what they want. You won't find oscar-worthyThe movie follows the most simplest of rules when it comes to entertainment: give the people what they want. You won't find oscar-worthy performances, but you'll find exceptional beat-downs and a huge cast of "who's who" of the action stars with a couple more guys joining the mix the second time around. The films captures the glory of the 80s with big celebrity-like villains while giving the more modern badass touch, and Van Damme pulls it off reasonably well. It's great fun and every bit as good as the first film. Expand
  5. Sep 7, 2012
    7
    This is a much better movie than the original. However, the confusing plot at the beginning just happens to get fizzled out till the end. SureThis is a much better movie than the original. However, the confusing plot at the beginning just happens to get fizzled out till the end. Sure enough this movie has the most epic cast ever yet having more veteran actors to do their job, but it wasn't really long enough to be more epic, explosive, exciting and..... expendable. Expand
  6. Oct 15, 2012
    6
    What do you expect from Expendables 2? More of the same; a homage to action stars of the 80's, this time including Van Damme and Chuck NorrisWhat do you expect from Expendables 2? More of the same; a homage to action stars of the 80's, this time including Van Damme and Chuck Norris into the mix. Highly entertaining and a bonafide world wide box office hit. However, actions sequences felt derivative, the only entertaining value was seeing all of your action heroes of the past, collected under one 'roof' so to speak. Expand
  7. Jan 20, 2013
    0
    Absolutely useless. it's got every single actor who doesn't know what acting means starring in it. Just giving in to the masses withAbsolutely useless. it's got every single actor who doesn't know what acting means starring in it. Just giving in to the masses with explosions and verbal diarrhea. Expand

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