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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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"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.
Tom Russo, Boston Globe  full review
 
Nice to know America's action stars, no matter how old they get, will never lack for gainful employment.
David Hiltbrand, Philadelphia Inquirer  full review
 
Does exactly what it's supposed to do - no more, no less.
James Berardinelli, ReelViews  full review
 
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?
Rafer Guzman, Newsday  full review
 
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.
Rick Groen, Globe and Mail  full review
 
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.''
Lou Lumenick, New York Post  full review
 
What gives "Expendables 2" its charm is the film's unabashed nostalgia for the genre's best B-movie moments.
Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times  full review
 
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.
Claudia Puig, USA Today  full review
 
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.
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly  full review
 
Pleasantly dumb fun if you watch it with the right mind-set.
Neil Genzlinger, New York Times  full review
 
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.
 
Does it all have to be so tedious?
John Anderson, Wall Street Journal  full review
 
I wanted to like this movie. Really. But this sequel doesn't wear down your resistance; it just wears you out.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone  full review
 
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.
Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News  full review
 
For better and worse, this ultra-violent follow-up gives the audience what it wants in full force.
William Goss, Film.com  full review
 
[A] saggy, rickety and occasionally winded geriatric action thriller ...
Steven Snyder, TIME Magazine  full review
 
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.
Peter Howell, Toronto Star  full review
 
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.
Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald  full review
 
Has the parallel between the actor and the mercenary's trade ever been so overt?
Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice  full review
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