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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: 80 out of 98
  2. Negative: 10 out of 98
  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 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! Collapse
  2. Aug 27, 2012
    10
    Expendables 2 does exactly what it was expected to do, old fashioned action with our beloved action heroes. Aside from all that action were precious moments, being them comical moments or simply moments which add to the story, and yes there is a story, not the best story but the story everyone would expect. This sequel in my opinion is just simply better than the previous Expendables in every single way, and the references to the other films these actors were in are just priceless, also very good fighting scenes.

    Bottom line: This is an one-time unique old fashioned movie, and should be reviewed the old fashioned way, why so much praise to movies like Rambo and Exterminator and not so much for Expendables ? They do the exact same thing, the difference is the release date and of course the mentality (and age) of the person who reviews. Does exactly what it was expected to do so 10/10.
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  3. Jan 21, 2013
    9
    Right from the spectacular and frenetic opening sequence, "The Expendables 2" makes it clear there are no punches being pulled in this tremendously entertaining sequel to the dark and explosive highlight that is the first film. Everything is just ten times more enjoyable here - the atmosphere is a bit lighter and more fun-loving, the action is just breathtakingly awesome, the sparse CGI effects are updated from the first movie, and this one actually made me laugh a whole lot. You just aren't an action movie fan if you're not squeeing through Jason Statham's bada*s knife-wielding. An instant adrenaline rush that you will be watching again and again . . . and again. Expand
  4. Aug 17, 2012
    8
    At last! A major improvement over the overrated original. All your favorite action heroes are back for the sequel. Good to see Arnold get some more screen time and Chuck Norris was badass too. Expand
  5. Aug 22, 2012
    7
    A movie so crammed with testosterone and gunpowder you can whiff it oozing from cinema screen, The Expendables 2 is everything I expected it to be. It's literally a line up of almost every action heroes for the past two decades, shooting dozens of extras with probably thousands of bullets. This movie is self-aware enough to make jokes about itself, using cliche puns for self-deprecating instead of macho bravado to entertain audience. It's efficient, predictable and quite fun actually.

    It has a degree of story, decent enough to get things started, although it doesn't push the movie beyond the ludicrous over-the-top premise, and it doesn't really intend to. Safe to say, it's a group of mercenaries against another, the only downside is the lack of villains, only Van Damme and Scott Adkins plays the bad guys. It gives a decent set-up for the carnage to come, even though some ridiculous scenes change the short tone of seriousness.

    The cast do what they are supposed to; shooting and bashing people, then pose for camera for a catchphrase. For what it's worth, Stallone has a screen charisma and believable as an experienced leader of this rag-tag band. Van Damme as antagonist is imposing, mostly because he brings knife to gunfights. They don't exactly escape their action hero roles, but the script uses more personal touch so they look more natural instead of acting at some parts. There are a few chuckles here and there, some in the expense of Lundgren or Chuck Norris' internet joke. It embraces the silliness rather than pretending the audience will buy their overly stern personalities. The rest of the script is accumulation of catchphrases from ye olden days, highly overused and could derail the movie from the plot, yet oddly still entertaining. Set pieces are more constructed this time, the end stretch in airport gleefully reminds me of Max Payne 3. For those who wait the mano-a-mano showdowns, there are some to be had as Adkins and Van Damme provide convincing threats.

    This time, Willis and Scha... Shcwaz... Arnold also have more screen time, I think fans will appreciate them shooting side by side. Action is predictably loud, explosions everywhere and piles of dead bodies. It's not exactly the type of excellence from melee brawl The Raid had offered though. For all the bang and cheesy one-liners The Expendables 2 brings, it won't go beyond the hay day of action movies despite the modern grimy visual. If you come for just that action overdose, that's plenty here.

    Rate 7/10
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  6. Oct 11, 2012
    6
    The big thing I would consider in this film, is that despite it was so abrupt and logic less, it had some parts where there was life to the characters. This is a big improvement in the series. Well, there might be good browny points from Simon West 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 with explosions and verbal diarrhea. Expand

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