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August 16, 2012

Critics Consensus: The Expendables 2 Is (Mostly) Big, Dumb Fun

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The Expendables 2

64%

You pretty much know what you’re getting with The Expendables 2: a group of past-and-present action stars wisecracking and blowing stuff up real good. The surprise, say critics, is that this sequel tops its predecessor in just about every way; sure, it’s dumb, loud, and a little too self-conscious, but it’s got enough muscular action and funny one-liners to delight the popcorn crowd. Mr. Church (Bruce Willis) has a seemingly straightforward task for the Expendables, whose ranks include Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, and, this time out, Chuck Norris and Arnold Schwarzenegger. But when the plan goes awry, our heroes seek revenge against a certain Belgian baddie. The pundits say The Expendables 2 isn’t the most disciplined movie on the planet, but it’s undeniably fun to see these aging warriors dish out punishment. (Check out this week’s Total Recall, in which we count down Schwarzenegger’s best-reviewed movies.)

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