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“While Not Being A Huge Fan Of The First "RED" My Expectations Were Lowered For Its Unbecoming Sequel. Red 2 Is Not As Great As You May Want It To Be, Instead Lacking Serious Fun And Innovation To Make It Stand Out Admist The Summer Movie-going Season.”
"RED 2" is a sequel that has some snappy interplay, typically courtesy of Malkovich, but mostly feels like a cast working to manufacture what came naturally the first time.
Tom Russo - Boston Globe
It should all be so much fun. But Red 2 just feels dutiful, as if it's relieved that all its parts somehow fit together properly.
Stephanie Zacharek - Village Voice
It's never laugh-out-loud funny or inside-track smart, but in a summer full of bombastic failures, a lack of pretense is enough.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
The movie's adequate. That's not much.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
It's utter drivel coasting by on slick proficiency (at 100 miles an hour).
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
There is a fine line between silly dumb fun and out-and-out stupidity, and "Red 2" crosses it one time too many.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
An obligatory sequel that can't quite recapture the sly, laid-back pleasures of its cheerfully ridiculous predecessor.
Justin Chang - Variety
It often feels tired and by the book, missing the heart of the original in ways that can't be enlivened by any number of crazy lids on Marvin's addled cranium.
Linda Barnard - Toronto Star
Sitting through it is nowhere near as enjoyable as the experience of watching its predecessor.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Not that it isn't entertaining, but the film's premise is certainly well past its "use by" date.
Justin Lowe - Hollywood Reporter
The most significant difference between "RED 2" and the original film is its surprising lack of authentic human behavior.
Graham Killeen - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The result feels like what the Bourne movies would have delivered if the screenwriters had opted for humour over spycraft.
Chris Knight - National Post
In a summer where action movies are increasingly serious to the point of being ponderous, it's nice to have a[n]...amusing action-adventure with a capable cast and decent story. It may be a small victory, but it's one I'm willing to celebrate.
Jason Gorber - Twitch
It's a retread that's borderline obnoxious, visually inept, and dramatically flaccid.
Brian Orndorf - Blu-ray.com
While the comedy...occasionally works--especially when Malkovich is around--the action elements are mostly a drag.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
The entire movie, including the whimsical action scenes, is careless about logic and even suspense, instead coasting on its momentum past narrative holes and, most of all, relying on its giddiness-inducing cast.
Radheyan Simonpillai - NOW Toronto
It's all supremely silly stuff, and amusingly so, as long as you don't stop to think about all those blameless officers and agents cut down in the line of mindless entertainment.
Kimberley Jones - Austin Chronicle
If you are able to treat the violence as simply cartoonish-knowing they're just actors playing 'let's pretend'-then Red 2 can be a lot of fun.
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
Like its predecessor, it's a one-joke movie; the difference is that this time around, the joke is better.
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky - AV Club
The movie is harmless enough - except possibly to stunt performers.
Kirk Honeycutt - honeycuttshollywood.com
Good comedy, and a nice reminder that people over 50 can still kick ass.
Rich Heldenfels - Akron Beacon Journal
Would have been no more difficult to endure if I were sitting on nails.
Matt Pais - RedEye
"Red 2" does have its share of surprises, and the biggest of these is how funny the picture is and how very much fun the actors in it seem to be having.
Soren Anderson - Seattle Times
Romances and rivalries are the themes upon which "Red 2" revolves and they spin quite merrily.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
"Red 2" is not just a bad movie, it's bad karma. And the target audience of adult moviegoers who respect the names in its once-vital cast have a bull's-eye on their collective cranium.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Who can count how many times that high concept has resulted in sheer overkill? But with this sequel, more-is-more works-every over-the-top moment of it.
Michael Sauter - Film Journal International
A movie of hilarious reaction shots -- little moments where the mere expression on M.L. Parker, Mirren, Hopkins or Malkovich's face sells the gag
Roger Moore - McClatchy-Tribune News Service
An awfully expensive and grossly extended Cialis commercial.
Chris Cabin - Slant Magazine
Any good spy has to take risks to be successful. Too bad director Dean Parisot and his team didn't employ the same concept.
Tony Hicks - San Jose Mercury News
Whatever it was that made the first film work is really lacking here.
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
RED 2 possesses a spark of life other action franchises lack by showing players like Helen Mirren absolutely kicking ass. It's goofy enough to entertain, and badass enough to get the blood pumping.
Matt Donato - We Got This Covered
in a lackadaisical sequel no one asked for except perhaps his creditors, Bruce Willis seems unmotivated to smile at all, much less offer a series of emotions that constitute a believable or compelling performance.
Todd Gilchrist - The Wrap
When it goes for the kind of winking humour that gave the original much of its charm the sequel feels forced rather than refreshing.
John Hazelton - Screen International