(2013)

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Based on 38 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
88
Red 2 not only delivers the action, laughs and thrills of the original - in many ways it surpasses it.
75
About halfway through Red 2, in the midst of all the laughs and action, suddenly Anthony Hopkins shows up, and he doesn't care one bit that nobody is going to notice his acting in a movie like this. He's going for the Oscar anyway.
67
Like its predecessor, it's a one-joke movie; the difference is that this time around, the joke is better.
63
Red 2 goes down easily, from Marvin's demented moments of relationship advice to Dame Helen's tender and amusing “Hitchcock” reunion with Sir Anthony. There's a knowing twinkle in their eyes, and in everybody else's. “Yeah, we could've done a Bond film,” they seem to wink. “And it would've been a bloody fun one, at that.”
63
Red 2 is one of those sequels that's easier to follow if you've seen the original but more entertaining if you haven't.
63
The film has its charms but the end result feels like warmed-over James Bond... and not even especially good 007, at that.
63
I did my homework and watched the original "RED." It was just as stupid as this movie, yet I liked it a little more.
63
In its long, punishing final act, Red 2 goes beyond its mandate as a lark to pose as a true action caper.
60
While Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, et al. are still good for a few chuckles as a gang of superannuated government assassins, this globe-trotting action-comedy diversion applies a bigger-is-better philosophy across the board, upping the stakes, the firepower and the travel budget, but keeping real thrills and laughs at a modest trickle.
60
Not that it isn't entertaining, but the film's premise is certainly well past its “use by” date, resulting in another passably palatable sequel distinguished by a lack of narrative and stylistic coherence that could potentially underpin a really viable franchise.
60
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.
54
Every double-cross and ticking clock is familiar in the worst ways.
50
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.
50
Village Voice
Red 2, disappointing in so many ways, isn't torture to watch, in part because Mirren has even more to do than she did in the first installment.
50
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.
50
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.
50
My favorite thing in the movie is the way co-star and Korean action icon Byung Hun Lee uses his feet of fury to hoist a paint can and send it flying.
40
Any movie that gives Helen Mirren a chance to shoot really big guns, wear an ermine astrakhan and channel Bette Davis as Queen Elizabeth can't be all bad, and Red 2 isn't, though it comes close.
25
An awfully expensive and grossly extended Cialis commercial.
25
How bad could the boneyard be compared to sitting through this execrable piece of non-entertainment? Better dead than RED 2.

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