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
Pleasantly dumb fun if you watch it with the right mind-set.
Neil Genzlinger - New York 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.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
"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
Has the parallel between the actor and the mercenary's trade ever been so overt?
Nick Pinkerton - Village Voice
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
Does it all have to be so tedious?
John Anderson - Wall Street Journal
Nice to know America's action stars, no matter how old they get, will never lack for gainful employment.
David Hiltbrand - Philadelphia Inquirer
Redundant, bombastic and cheekily self-aware, The Expendables 2 is also savvy enough to supply its own auto-critique.
Justin Chang - Variety
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
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
For better and worse, this ultra-violent follow-up gives the audience what it wants in full force.
William Goss - Film.com
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
Does exactly what it's supposed to do - no more, no less.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Taut, humorous and attractively packaged, the sequel is both fleet footed and engaging enough to captivate audiences with more than just nonstop action.
Justin Lowe - Hollywood Reporter
[A] saggy, rickety and occasionally winded geriatric action thriller ...
Steven Snyder - TIME Magazine
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
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
Of course it's garbage. But this is my favorite kind of garbage.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
This sequel knows what its audience is looking for and succeeds admirably in providing it.
John Hanlon - Big Hollywood
The movies that many of these guys made in the 1980s and '90s were hardly bulletproof, but this is a cynical exercise in settling for what is expected to be passable.
Mark Pfeiffer - Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
At this point it's such a juvenile and boring experience with god awful writing, that it completely eliminates the fun of watching action heroes kick ass on screen.
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
"The Expendables 2″ is just entertaining enough to permit a third film. If only these steroids-packing seniors can coordinate schedules again.
Paul Chambers - Movie Chambers
There's a difference in tapping into that same cheesiness that made up the DNA in action films of the 80s and 90s and overdoing it. The Expendables 2 gets way too carried away with that aspect and dives into overkill territory more often than not.
Chris Sawin - Examiner.com
Enjoyable, but disappointingly tame compared to its ferocious predecessor. The Expendables 2 is disposable.
Rob Humanick - Projection Booth
The Expendables 2 is a shot to the arm of pure, silly action-movie fun, and it stars so many heavy hitters it might break your brain to keep up with what's happening onscreen at various points during its slim 103-minute run time.
Jeremy Wheeler - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Excessive in almost every other area possible: from outlandish explosions to over-the-top dialogue via horrendously delivered gags, it pushes the limit of what people will readily accept from an action movie that isn't directed by the Zuckers.
Ali Gray - TheShiznit.co.uk
The Expendables 2 does for the action genre what "The Artist" did for the silent film genre: Distilled it down to its most basic parts before creating an homage that more than lives up to its past.
Christian Law - We Got This Covered
Those hoping for a deeper, smarter, or more polished piece of action cinema: Sorry, but this franchise has pretty much established it isn't about that.
Kofi Outlaw - ScreenRant
...if seeing a man's head explode like a watermelon is your thing, book a ticket, because The Expendables 2 frequently makes fruit salad.
Adam Ross - The Aristocrat
Perhaps we're pawns in an elaborate homage to excess and macho stupidity. It's purposefully - even wilfully - bad. Given that I can't prove that Simon West isn't actually that kind of wheels-within-wheels genius, he earns benefit of my doubt.
Patrick Kolan - IGN Movies AU
This is a film made very specifically for action junkies. Unfortunately, for everyone else it's going to be very forgettable.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
It brings back everything that was good about the first movie and makes it truly great, then adds a whole bunch of extra awesome on top of it.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
It's cheesy, fun, disposable action pap on a big scale - but, boy, is it lazy.
Jim Schembri - 3AW
Despite its ridiculously high kill count, there's a vein of humor running throughout the script and almost as many quips zipping around as bullets.
Neil Pond - American Profile
The Expendables 2 may talk a big game, yet can't back it no matter how many muscles are on display.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
The pleasures of watching the action-movie past getting one more shot at silver-screen glory is undeniable, but like its predecessor, The Expendables 2 is a better concept than it is a movie.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Pitches itself as the ultimate indulgence in action but it's only firing blanks
Cameron Williams - The Popcorn Junkie
Yes, it's a joke, but it's an hilariously awesome one.
Matt Neal - The Standard
I like the idea of bringing this cast together but it needed a stronger, more captivating story.
Matthew Toomey - ABC Radio Brisbane
Post-modern eye-winkery that lets its stars cringingly regurgitate classic action-movie quips.
Aaron Yap - Flicks.co.nz
The film thunders through its paces, under the energetic direction of Simon West.
Paul Byrnes - Sydney Morning Herald
The plot is limp and the attempts at pathos are close to cringe-worthy, but there's no denying this sequel absolutely delivers in terms of classic testosterone-fuelled action.
Travis Johnson - FILMINK (Australia)
The Expendables 2 may not win any awards and will probably never be used in any university movie courses, but if you are in the mood for some good old-fashioned American action - then strap yourself in.
The best that can be said of these spectacularly stoo-pid scenes is that you can't look away from them. But my, oh my, you can laugh at them.
Leigh Paatsch - Herald Sun (Australia)
The Expendables 2 meanders through a reined-in, talky first half before giving the modern action fans (or, more likely, their fathers) the nostalgic bloodbath they have unknowingly longed for.
Simon Foster - Screen-Space
If you can get past all that blood and goofy, heavy-handed humor, this reunion of action stars on the brink of retirement is entertaining.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Any hope I had of keeping a tally of fatalities in The Expendables 2 was quickly dashed by the opening melee, which makes the last ten minutes of The Wild Bunch look like the first ten minutes of Up.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
With a script seemingly dashed off on a chalkboard, "The Expendables 2" lives up to its title in the most pejorative way. Everything about this bombastic goofball action movie screams "disposable."
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
The Expendables 2 is that 80s mothers milk, fortified (and aged) into whiskey - and it's a fun to drink in with friends.
Blake Howard - 2UE That Movie Show
The pleasure of seeing Arnie back with a (large) gun in his hand, cracking the odd joke at his own and his team's expense, and all the collected weight of a thousand years of action hero experience to call on. Van Damme it, it's a blast
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
It's not as good as the first film but if it's mindless bloody action you want with a few wry laughs and you've had a rough day at the office, this will undoubtedly shake the cobwebs
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
It's a testosterone feast for fan boys, as it currently stands, and not without its laughs. But it could so easily go so much further.
Ed Gibbs - The Sunday Age
The contest in "The Expendables 2" is to see what piles up fastest: Spent ammunition casings, stuntmen playing dead, or utterances of catchphrases past.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Let's hear it for the old(er) guys. They still carry the punch for an action movie. The humor helps too.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
I won't ruin the Norris "fact" used in the film, but it provides one of the few genuine laughs, and it's certainly better than the forced wisecracks centering around past iconic figures created by co-stars Stallone, Willis and Schwarzenegger.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
If every member of 'The Avengers' had the personality, vocabulary and grace of the Hulk, the result might be like 'The Expendables.'
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Why make a new mediocrity when the old ones are still so much more fun to watch?
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
Although there's been no attempt to tone down the first film's bloodthirsty hyperviolence or dim-witted plotting, this sequel is a massive improvement simply because they have fun with the premise
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Simon West, taking over directorial duties from Stallone, is at least better at staging action sequences, though the film is still over-edited to its intense disadvantage.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
The over-the-hill gang engages in various shoot-outs punctuated by lame wisecracks that refer to their iconic roles. Guess whether someone says, "I'll be back."
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
Delivers exactly what one expects - excessively engaging action and a few laughs.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
Bigger in scope than the original, the film's nonstop mayhem includes cartoonish battles, geysers of CGI blood and seemingly impossible stunts, with the geriatric gang of beloved icons placed centre stage for maximum thrills.
Alan Jones - Radio Times
Old action heroes never die, they take steroids, become governor of California, and end up in Simon West's The Expendables 2.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
Magically fixes most of the problems of the first movie. The Expendables 2 is a great deal of fun.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Common Sense Media
It's better than the first, mainly due to the over-the-top beginning and end. That middle hour takes a while.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
A movie about boys with toys, and like all little boys, the makers of The Expendables 2 have a lot of growing up to do.
William Bibbiani - CraveOnline
A star-studded salute to summertime spectaculars that more than gives action fans all they could want in a big-budget blockbuster.
Jeffrey Lyles - Lyles' Movie Files
Some good one-liners and some you don't even understand. Stallone was harder to understand in this movie than Bane was.
Mark Ellis - Schmoes Know
I had a lot of fun with this movie, I got exactly what I expected. You're gonna get some good one-liners, some bad ones, some laughs when it's supposed to be serious. But If you are going in expecting The King's Speech, shame on you.
Kristian Harloff - Schmoes Know
Action-packed and self-deprecating, the geriatric goons are back.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
West and company confuse frenetic visuals and editing with genuinely gripping action sequences. Yes, it's tongue-in-cheek and over the top, but it's also far too bland for all of its fury. (Full Content Review for Parents also available)
Jim Judy - Screen It!
Reveling in the pure, visceral enjoyment of watching stuff blow up on a big screen and rampant destruction where nobody really gets hurt, leave your brain at the door and dig The Expendables 2 for the bombastic blast it is.
Diva Velez - TheDivaReview.com
everything I wanted the first film to be but never got
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
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.
Scott Tobias - AV Club
A lean moviegoing experience that delivers on core genre requirements with an aged perspective. Frankly, these old guys still make the finest racket around.
Brian Orndorf - Blu-ray.com
The Expendables 2 has roundhouse kicks, cheesy one-liners, Chuck Norris jokes and Schwarzenegger/Stallone/Willis action scenes! It's the perfect flick to help you let off some steam!
Kevin McCarthy - GeekNation
An overtly slapdash effort that bears the same basic relationship to a genuinely thrilling action extravaganza that an order from Papa John's has to actual pizza, though it does admittedly have more chunks of meat scattered about.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
Sylvester Stallone and his creaky band of ageing action heroes haul their battered musclebound frames into another old-school adventure, hoping to coast home on the nostalgic goodwill fans have for superannuated tough-guys whose heyday was the 1980s.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
A thudding scud of a sequel that defies the meaning of the word 'action' with excruciating pacing. Expect a cache of feeble jokes about aging that are as old as the entirety of the cast itself.
Kimberly Gadette - Doddle
Unlike its predecessor, this one recognizes its inherent stupidity and goes all-in on being the loudest, dumbest and most comically preposterous action movie of the summer.
Ethan Alter - Television Without Pity
Forget serious cinema. This is what it's all about if you've got the lips to be a lean, mean, popcorn feeding machine.
Graham Young - Birmingham Mail
Sounds like it should be a blast. Why, then, is the reality about as fun as chewing on a hand grenade?
Someone more experienced in such matters told me that when Willis wears a wig the film is generally awful; when he is bald it's often okay. Here he's hairless.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
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
Damn you goofy bastards; how can we stay mad at you?
Rob Vaux - Mania.com
You know...that balls-to-the-wall, ludicrous, stupid, ridiculous, amazing, awesome film that you thought you were getting with the first film? Well, better late than never.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
Irresponsible as a first-person shooter video game? You bet. But it holds together, more or less, right up to the moment Chuck Norris and his dyed beard make their preposterous appearance.
This is total nonsense, of course, but Sylvester Stallone and company, weirdly bulging arms and all, are at their tongue-in-cheek best throughout.
Robert Levin - amNewYork
In some ways it's an action star minstrel show; they're all doing their famous lines and shuffling across the screen hoping for some tiny bit of love from the audience.
It's fun in a primitive kind of way (no CGI tricks are involved) and directed by Simon West with more energy than the earlier film - which was directed by Stallone, seemingly under heavy sedation.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
Another shameless dollop of mindless slaughter and corny one-liners.
Allan Hunter - Daily Express
Sylvester Stallone fighting alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, and Chuck Norris is every action buff's wet dream come to life...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
There's simply too much 21st century glaze on the old meat.
Ed Whitfield - The Ooh Tray
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.
Stephanie Zacharek - NPR
Smartly staged mayhem compensates for dull repartee and threadbare plotting.
Daniel Eagan - Film Journal International
It's relentless, in the best sort of way. And it's funny.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
Partly a cautionary tale about the dangers of decades of bodybuilding and partly a throwback to the good old days of the Reagan era, when all you needed to make an action film was a man with muscles, an exotic setting and a hundred screaming extras ...
Leo Robson - Financial Times
I was thoroughly appalled, mainly at myself for enjoying it.
Robbie Collin - Daily Telegraph
Stallone does seem to think that just getting all his old buddies to lumber up in the one place, as if opening some new branch of Planet Hollywood, is enough to earn our sentimental indulgence.
The reason this movie works more deeply than just a star studded action romp is the attention to tone. Action movies are more than just a string of cool scenes. There's more that goes into creating a world where we invest in the ridiculous.
Fred Topel - CraveOnline
Personally, I rather enjoy an action movie that looks like everyone is still fighting World War II instead of aliens or high-tech spies.
Kirk Honeycutt - honeycuttshollywood.com
Watchable enough, but you can't help wishing they'd put a little effort into it.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
The screen practically stinks of Old Spice and sweat
Amy Nicholson - Boxoffice Magazine
The Expendables 2 isn't nearly clever enough to operate as an actual action movie as well as a parody of one, but it is a good amount of fun.
Katey Rich - CinemaBlend.com
Whatever throwback charm the first film had has been utterly Snakes on a Plane-d by this sequel, which from the start is far more pleased with itself than audience members are ever given a chance to be.
Alison Willmore - Movieline
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
bigger and better than the first film...what it lacks in brains it makes up for in brawn...
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
an irresistible alternative to the grown-up fare that has attempted to replace the '80s and '90s escapism, "The Expendables 2" is a fun roundup of action stars who simultaneously celebrate and send up their former glories.
Todd Gilchrist - The Playlist
It may be all brawn and no brain, but there's plenty to enjoy on a non-cerebral level here.
Ben Rawson-Jones - Digital Spy
It sets out what it aims to achieve, and then blows it sky high.
Rich Phippen - Sky Movies
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.
Dave Calhoun - Time Out
The sequel is one notch above the 2010 sleeper actioner due to the more skillful direction of Simon West (replacing Stallone), addition of younger and female characters, and some humor in references to the aging stars' past.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
"The Expendables 2" is imposingly violent, dramatically clunky, and more than a bit cynically conceived -- and, despite all of that, it's also shamelessly entertaining.
Tim Grierson - Screen International
The biggest, bloodiest and most willfully stupid film since the last time Michael Bay stepped behind a camera.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
The Expendables 2 is causing me to rethink all I know, or think I know. Because on so many levels, it is inexcusably bad, and yet... I liked it.
Luke Y. Thompson - Nerdist
The action lover's dream team doesn't disappoint in The Expendables 2, a sequel that's bigger, bolder and more badass than the original.
Jim Vejvoda - IGN Movies
A huge, bulging disappointment.
Nick De Semlyen - Empire Magazine
At its best, The Expendables 2 thrives on the camaraderie that exists between the various action icons, while dropping in cheesy gags that reference their back catalogue.
Rob Carnevale - The List
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.
John Semley - Slant Magazine
From a critical mindset, it's a quite terrible piece of film making. However, the fact that everybody involved is aware that the film is bad works as a real saving grace.
Stefan Pape - HeyUGuys
There's a level of brutal, boring stupidity here that makes The A-Team look like it was written by Sun Tzu. It's all a big joke. Except it isn't in the least bit funny.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
While it's unquestionably great to see Arnie again toting a giant gun, The Expendables 2 fails to make the most of its game cast, and most surprisingly of all, is quite lacking in the action department.
Shaun Munro - What Culture