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The Expendables 2

In this high-octane thriller, Mr. Church brings the Expendables back together for an easy job -- but things go wrong, and one of the mercenaries is brutally murdered. Now the band of hired guns goes on a mission of revenge in hostile territory.
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Netflix Rating: 3.9
Rotten Tomatoes: Rotten 65%
Critics' score: 65   Audience score: 70   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

"The Expendables 2" is lazily satisfied with repeating the first movie's formula, shortcomings and grisly strengths alike, just as the first movie was content to slavishly, ploddingly cover the hits of the '80s. full review

Tom Russo, Boston Globe

Nice to know America's action stars, no matter how old they get, will never lack for gainful employment. full review

David Hiltbrand, Philadelphia Inquirer

Does exactly what it's supposed to do - no more, no less. full review

James Berardinelli, ReelViews

Yeah, yeah, I get it: "The Expendables 2" is a fun-loving throwback to the gloriously bad action films of the 1980s. Here's what I don't get: Why couldn't it be a throwback to the good ones? full review

Rafer Guzman, Newsday

At least it's efficiently and breezily forgettable. What's more, there are laughs too and here's the best part - one or two of them are actually intentional. full review

Rick Groen, Globe and Mail

It's hard not to like a movie in which Bruce Willis' toupee-less CIA agent accuses Stallone's ragtag band of mercenaries of engaging in "male pattern badness.'' full review

Lou Lumenick, New York Post

What gives "Expendables 2" its charm is the film's unabashed nostalgia for the genre's best B-movie moments. full review

Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times

The Expendables 2 is corny, barbaric and sometimes visually murky. But humor and self-deprecating macho charm make this male pattern badness crowd-pleasing fun. full review

Claudia Puig, USA Today

The movie is excellent crap, fine junk, an exercise in campy movie nostalgia, and a demonstration of American supremacy in the field of nutty cosmetic enhancements for aging movie stars. full review

Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

Pleasantly dumb fun if you watch it with the right mind-set. full review

Neil Genzlinger, New York Times

The Expendables 2 is reasonably cathartic in a fall-down-go-boom way, and if the picture's self-conscious riffing becomes tiresome after a while ... it's still much wittier than its predecessor. full review

Does it all have to be so tedious? full review

John Anderson, Wall Street Journal

I wanted to like this movie. Really. But this sequel doesn't wear down your resistance; it just wears you out. full review

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Stallone is once more an amiable host. He even pulls off heroics despite having an ill-advised 'stache laying over his mouth, which nowadays looks like a squished octopus. full review

Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News

For better and worse, this ultra-violent follow-up gives the audience what it wants in full force. full review

William Goss, Film.com

[A] saggy, rickety and occasionally winded geriatric action thriller ... full review

Steven Snyder, TIME Magazine

They all take turns playing the clown - and for the most part, it's fun to watch them at it, even if the body count is distressingly high. full review

Peter Howell, Toronto Star

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. full review

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald

Has the parallel between the actor and the mercenary's trade ever been so overt? full review

Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice

If someone told you that the negative was found on the shelf of a studio that went bankrupt in 1991, you'd most likely believe them. full review

Dave Calhoun, Time Out
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