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55

Mixed or average reviews - based on 43 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 43
  2. Negative: 3 out of 43
  1. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Jul 31, 2013
    83
    2 Guns is a movie based on smart callbacks and sly flip-flops of loyalty, regularly interrupted by spasms of well-staged violence.
  2. Reviewed by: Chris Nashawaty
    Jul 31, 2013
    83
    2 Guns is a much-needed reminder that the best summer surprises can come when you least expect them.
  3. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    Aug 15, 2013
    80
    Could this be the late-emerging hit movie of summer 2013? No chance, although if this was August 1987, a time when we allowed action films to be smart on their own dumb terms, it might have cleaned up.
  4. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Aug 1, 2013
    80
    For a movie with so many twists in it, 2 Guns never really jerks us around. This is what some summer movies should be like — clever in a stupid way, and stupid in a clever way.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Jul 31, 2013
    80
    Pure charisma is sometimes the best special effect. That’s what Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg bring to 2 Guns, and after a season full of superhero duds, they deliver a crucial dose of cool.
  6. Reviewed by: William Goss
    Aug 1, 2013
    79
    In a season stuffed with empty eye candy, 2 Guns comes along as something of a welcome burrito — plenty satisfying and hardly nutritious.
  7. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Aug 5, 2013
    75
    With a sharp and funny if sometimes convoluted script by Blake Masters and slick, pulpy direction from Baltasar Kormakur, and of course that first-rate cast, 2 Guns rises above standard action fare.
  8. Reviewed by: Odie Henderson
    Aug 2, 2013
    75
    You've seen all this before, and many times. 2 Guns works because it's essentially several riffs on familiar material. Cliché is not a bad thing if it's done right.
  9. Reviewed by: Adam Nayman
    Aug 1, 2013
    75
    Wahlberg, whose dim-bulb act was over-exposed in Pain and Gain, fares better here in a more heroic role. Stig is a hothead and a narcissist, but he’s also just a little bit smarter than he looks. The same goes for 2 Guns as a whole.
  10. Reviewed by: Lawrence Toppman
    Aug 1, 2013
    75
    The director mixes the colors of his palette carefully. He uses (but never overuses) slow-motion, aerial shots, extreme close-ups and quick cuts, avoiding any self-consciously “stylish” display. He varies the pace of scenes and the angle of shots enough to keep the movie flowing, but we never feel we’re watching someone show us how clever he is.
  11. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Aug 1, 2013
    75
    The movie is loud, fun, quick moving, and features some nice acting turns.
  12. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Aug 1, 2013
    70
    Mr. Kormakur sets and keeps up a fast rather than frantic pace that never runs the movie off the rails even when the story nearly does.
  13. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Aug 1, 2013
    70
    2 Guns is both enjoyable trash and a fascinating snapshot of Hollywood’s current mentality when it comes to the United States government.
  14. Reviewed by: Keith Phipps
    Aug 1, 2013
    70
    Kormákur lets his stars balance the buddy-movie levity with just enough dramatic weight to keep it grounded, and his directing style seems like a conscious corrective to the disorienting cutting and obvious CGI effects that have come to dominate Hollywood action films.
  15. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Jul 30, 2013
    70
    The picture survives its excesses thanks to winning chemistry between stars Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, who animate banter-heavy dialogue and click so well one wonders why they haven't shared the screen before.
  16. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Jul 30, 2013
    70
    Kormakur shows he knows his way around an action movie better than most, keeping the pace quick, the banter lively and the old-school, mostly CGI-free thrills delivering right on schedule.
  17. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Jul 31, 2013
    67
    Maybe it’s just an expression of relief after a summer of superheroes and fantasy scenarios, but 2 Guns is a refreshing blast.
  18. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Aug 1, 2013
    63
    With border crossings and familiar buddy-cop movie tropes (think Lethal Weapon, think 48 HRS, think The Heat), the Wahlberg-Washington express hits lots of comfortably familiar notes. And more than a few viciously uncomfortable ones, too.
  19. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Aug 1, 2013
    63
    The actors — including Patton as Bobby's DEA colleague and sometime fling — cannot act what is not there. But with Washington, Wahlberg, Olmos and Paxton around jockeying for dominance, the standoffs have their moments.
  20. Reviewed by: Neil Alcock
    Aug 27, 2013
    60
    This does a serviceable job homaging '80s actioners but not a whole lot more. Go for the explosions, zone out for the plot.
  21. Reviewed by: Neil Smith
    Aug 24, 2013
    60
    Washington and Wahlberg are an effective double act in an intermittently exciting thriller with more twists than it needs. We’d love to see them partnered again, though perhaps as characters.
  22. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Aug 1, 2013
    60
    Wahlberg and Washington are so good together, quips flying as fast as lead, that much is forgiven.
  23. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Aug 2, 2013
    58
    It’s essentially a buddy-cop romp with the usual assortment pack of graphic gruesomeness.
  24. Reviewed by: Ben Kenigsberg
    Jul 31, 2013
    58
    As in "Contraband," Kormákur offers a hint of a political statement, in this case about the inherent potential for corruption whenever competing government agencies are operating in international territory. But it doesn’t quite make it. On almost every level, 2 Guns is content to be as flavorless and forgettable as its title.
  25. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Aug 2, 2013
    50
    Hypermacho but tongue-in-cheek, the first 20 minutes of 2 Guns are enormous fun.
  26. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Aug 1, 2013
    50
    By its conclusion the story has worked so hard to be twisting and clever that it runs out of steam and becomes outlandish, marked by a surplus of violence — too often casual and gratuitous — for what essentially is a buddy cop movie.
  27. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Aug 1, 2013
    50
    The movie has style but increasingly little sense.
  28. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Aug 1, 2013
    50
    Savvy filmgoers will know they are getting a stale product as soon as they see the wrapper: one of those vintage muscle cars that screams “stakeout.”
  29. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Aug 1, 2013
    50
    The phrase “casting is everything” has never felt truer than it does with 2 Guns, an unremarkable, standard-issue shoot-em-up that rests entirely on the charisma of its two stars.
  30. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Aug 1, 2013
    50
    Hell, I really meant to at least like 2 Guns. But I couldn't. The movie just didn't make the extra effort.
  31. Reviewed by: R. Kurt Osenlund
    Jul 31, 2013
    50
    Viewer/character solidarity only holds up for so long, and the film falls hard into twisty, nonsense territory, skipping over its stronger themes in the process.
  32. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Jul 30, 2013
    50
    This is a here today, gone tomorrow trifle, albeit one with lots of gunplay. In midsummer, that may be enough, but it's still a shame that 2 Guns shoots so many blanks.
  33. Reviewed by: Gabe Toro
    Jul 31, 2013
    42
    There’s nothing about 2 Guns that doesn’t feel prefab, like someone poured a packet of Insta-Movie into a glass of water.
  34. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Aug 27, 2013
    40
    There is a fair amount of not sufficiently witty or lovable banter, and Paula Patton gets to play Katharine Ross to their Butch and Sundance. She really has nothing to do except pose fetchingly in her underwear. Not much firepower.
  35. Reviewed by: Trevor Johnston
    Aug 13, 2013
    40
    Complications escalate to a tiresome degree, leeching the fun from the movie, which is slung together with cold competence (and not much more) by jobbing Icelandic maverick Baltasar Kormákur.
  36. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Aug 2, 2013
    40
    While Washington and Wahlberg help make sure the flawed 2 Guns isn't too bad, it's hard not to think that it could have been better.
  37. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Aug 1, 2013
    40
    When does banter turn to blather? In the case of this action adventure, which was directed by Baltasar Kormákur, it's when you realize that keeping track of the barely fathomable plot isn't worth the bother.
  38. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Aug 1, 2013
    40
    Though individual set pieces are well done, the film inevitably leaves an empty taste behind it once it's done.
  39. Reviewed by: Mary Pols
    Aug 1, 2013
    40
    They’re cute together, these two big stars, but the film around them, a sort of Tarantino lite, is desperately empty.
  40. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Jul 30, 2013
    40
    2 Guns quickly degenerates into boilerplate Hollywood sound and fury, complete with a climactic Mexican standoff that revolves around a massive, burning pile of money. Irony, thou art lost.
  41. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Aug 1, 2013
    38
    Not every movie can come from the heart: This one is from the crotch. But what’s left for the sequel? Maybe it’ll feature Mark and Denzel sporting matching leather codpieces or giving each other bikini waxes. We can only hope.
  42. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Aug 1, 2013
    37
    2 Guns feels like it’s all been done before, whether by John Woo, Michael Bay or any number of their CGI-happy clones.
  43. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Aug 1, 2013
    25
    It's a complete mess, the spectacle of filmmakers blowing up their movie and everything in it, because they can't think of anything else to do.
User Score
6.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 155 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 46
  2. Negative: 4 out of 46
  1. Aug 3, 2013
    10
    Aight, so I saw this movie it had 1 gun in it. That movie was hella dope! but when I heard about 2 guns, man I was excited. I saw this movie opening night, couldnt believe what i was seeing!!! 2guns has everything! twice as many guns as the other movies, they getting cash and the explosions so realistic you can feel the burn.
    this movies 10/10 favorite movie.
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  2. Aug 2, 2013
    6
    2Guns" stars Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg and was directed by Baltasar Kormakur (“Contraband”) with a cast including Bill Paxton and Edward James Olmos in this too slick action/ comedy. There is an artificial chemistry that the writers seek to create between Wahlberg and Washington to which the audience is constantly conscious of so that each line they deliver has the implied thought "boy will the viewers love this"
    The plot to this film and the role of the lead characters are confusing and full of turns and twists that will make your head reel more than the constant overturning of the vehicles in the wild car chases and crashes.
    There is nothing subtle about this film and it is obvious that the producers are attempting to create a franchise a la "Lethal Weapon".
    The film is a good visual experience with a sound track that matches the fast action scenes and represents a strong attempt to attract the teen age and early 20's audience. Although the film will probably do well for that group, for the viewer looking for more, the film will be a disappointment. I give this film a 6. Simply put, the 2 guns weren’t loaded.
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  3. Aug 4, 2013
    0
    I am relieved that I can give a 0/10 star score at metacritic. This movie was sickeningly cruel; a few scenes in the beginning ruined the entire thing. There was no need for those scenes, and those who have seen the movie will know exactly what I'm talking about. Cruelty to animals, realistic CGI animals or not, is always wrong and having it so graphically portrayed in a movie propagates those actions into society, making what they show more likely to happen in real life. I will never be able to un-see or un-hear those scenes, and if I had known they were in the movie, I wouldn’t have gone to see it in the first place. Even if the movie didn't have those disgusting scenes, it would have been terrible, with a lackluster plot and various hokey one-liners, which are haphazardly reversed in the end. The makers and actors should be ashamed of themselves for making this movie and putting it into the film industry. Do not see it. Full Review »