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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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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: 82 out of 100
  2. Negative: 10 out of 100
  1. Aug 27, 2012
    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! Expand
  2. Jul 24, 2013
    I absolutely loved this movie. It became my favorite movie as soon as I saw it. If you are a fan of action movies I cannot recommend this movie enough. It's a blast! Expand
  3. May 22, 2013
    One of the best action movies I've ever seen. It ups the ante from the first movie, giving us more of the best action scenes around. But what really makes this movie shine is the cast. The greatest action movie stars are here kicking butt, taking names, and dropping hilarious one liners. Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger are able to take part in the action this time, and seeing Chuck Norris and Jean Claude Van Damme in this movie is awesome. It's awesome and if you like action movies this is a must watch. I really couldn't have been more impressed. Expand
  4. Aug 18, 2012
    The 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
    Disappointment. My first allegation to this movie is that it was too funny. During watching of it I felt as if I was watching Hot Shots. There is too much of a disparity between parody and darkness here. And I don`t think it`s because of Chuck Norris. He actually made a good character and played well. Some of the lines are just silly and completely out of place. Also the action scenes are average at best, vastly inferior to the first Expendables. In the first movie, every kill had its place, here it is just chaos. One would think that with such cast and setting anyone could make a great killing movie, but here they failed. The director did not manage to use the image of every gun toting hero and certainly every one of them got much less than they deserved (Schwarzenegger and Willis for example). Also, the first sighting of the main villain (named Vilain, haha) seemed just right, but he turned out to be a total wimp in the end. For sure Van Damme also deserved to be bigger here. I must say that again, it is not the fault of all the actors who played great, but fault of the whole scenario. If one had given theme adequate action scenes then it would have been simply epic. There was faaaar too much of Statham, and his knive scenes are much inferior to martial art scenes of Jet Li from the first Expendables. I sincerely hope the director will take notes on EX2, improve on the downsides and bring back some of the magic from the first movie. Everything else in this film is great so if you don`t mind lots of parody then go ahead and watch it. Expand
  6. Oct 15, 2012
    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 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
    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. Collapse

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