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The Expendables 2 (2012)


Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 123
Fresh: 80
Rotten: 43

Critics Consensus: Taut, violent, and suitably self-deprecating, The Expendables 2 gives classic action fans everything they can reasonably expect from a star-studded shoot-'em-up -- for better and for worse.

Average Rating: 5.3/10
Reviews Counted: 23
Fresh: 13
Rotten: 10

Critics Consensus: Taut, violent, and suitably self-deprecating, The Expendables 2 gives classic action fans everything they can reasonably expect from a star-studded shoot-'em-up -- for better and for worse.


Average Rating: 3.7/5
User Ratings: 313,813


Movie Info

The Expendables are back and this time it's personal... Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone), Lee Christmas (Jason Statham), Yin Yang (Jet Li), Gunnar Jensen (Dolph Lundgren),Toll Road (Randy Couture) and Hale Caesar (Terry Crews) -- with newest members Billy the Kid (Liam Hemsworth) and Maggie (Yu Nan) aboard -- are reunited when Mr. Church (Bruce Willis) enlists the Expendables to take on a seemingly simple job. The task looks like an easy paycheck for Barney and his band of old-school … More

R (for strong bloody violence throughout)
Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By:
Sylvester Stallone
In Theaters:
Nov 20, 2012
Box Office:
Lionsgate - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Expendables 2

All Critics (123) | Top Critics (23) | Fresh (80) | Rotten (43) | DVD (1)

"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.

Full Review… | August 23, 2012
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Nice to know America's action stars, no matter how old they get, will never lack for gainful employment.

Full Review… | August 22, 2012
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Does exactly what it's supposed to do - no more, no less.

Full Review… | August 19, 2012
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 17, 2012
AV Club
Top Critic

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?

Full Review… | August 17, 2012
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 17, 2012
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

This sequel knows what its audience is looking for and succeeds admirably in providing it.

Full Review… | June 30, 2013
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.

Full Review… | February 1, 2013
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.

Full Review… | January 11, 2013
Cinema Crazed

"The Expendables 2″ is just entertaining enough to permit a third film. If only these steroids-packing seniors can coordinate schedules again.

Full Review… | December 11, 2012
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.

Full Review… | November 22, 2012

Enjoyable, but disappointingly tame compared to its ferocious predecessor. The Expendables 2 is disposable.

November 5, 2012
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.

Full Review… | October 19, 2012
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.

Full Review… | October 19, 2012

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.

Full Review… | October 12, 2012
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.

Full Review… | October 2, 2012

...if seeing a man's head explode like a watermelon is your thing, book a ticket, because The Expendables 2 frequently makes fruit salad.

Full Review… | September 27, 2012
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.

Full Review… | September 26, 2012
IGN Movies AU

This is a film made very specifically for action junkies. Unfortunately, for everyone else it's going to be very forgettable.

Full Review… | September 12, 2012

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.

Full Review… | September 10, 2012
Montreal Film Journal

It's cheesy, fun, disposable action pap on a big scale - but, boy, is it lazy.

Full Review… | September 7, 2012

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.

Full Review… | September 6, 2012
American Profile

The Expendables 2 may talk a big game, yet can't back it no matter how many muscles are on display.

Full Review… | September 6, 2012
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.

Full Review… | August 31, 2012
Q Network Film Desk

Pitches itself as the ultimate indulgence in action but it's only firing blanks

Full Review… | August 30, 2012
The Popcorn Junkie

Yes, it's a joke, but it's an hilariously awesome one.

Full Review… | August 30, 2012
The Standard

Audience Reviews for The Expendables 2

Starting off with an opening scene that is already far superior to the entire first film, "The Expendables 2" is the film that should have been a big disappointment, after the first film failed on entertainment, but instead we get an improved story, an improved cast, and action scenes that will literally have you in awe. I have always wanted to see a film that brings together all of the old action heroes and have them team up in one amazing action sequence, picking fun at one another's careers, and honestly, this film does exactly that, and much much more. This is an action junkies wet dream of this decade. "The Expendables 2" is what the first movie should have been and if you are turned off due to the first, please, just forget about it. I promise you, if you are an action film, there is no way you will be let down!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer


Sly and his team of fellow gun-totin' geriatrics is called in to retrieve a computer hard drive that contains a map showing the whereabouts of a mine full of plutonium. The Expendables is probably the film the term 'geriaction' was coined for and it was a load of obnoxious, braindead, gratuitous shit. For the sequel, we once again dive into the world of the American male mid-life crisis which contains the same cocktail of fat-necked has-beens exterminating the most villainous villains imaginable with a variety of weapons grade phalli whilst reliving the good old days of the Cold War. The original film's gleeful representation of some unnecessarily graphic violence was its downfall but thanks to the addition of some innocent villagers to protect, this is far more in the spirit of classic kitsch TV show The A-Team and is much more palatable as a result. The cartoon violence on show here is much less repulsive in its representation, we actually get to see Chuck, Arnie and Bruce join in on the carnage rather than just regurgitating a couple of lines and disappearing as happened in the first film and Jean Claude Van Damme actually makes a far more entertaining bad guy than he ever did a hero. Of course the plot is inconsequential, the characterisation as sophisticated as a hollow point to the face and the dialogue immature and bone-headed, but The Expendables 2 has something the original sorely lacked; the necessary sense of irony and fun which makes it all amusingly idiotic rather than just plain idiotic.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

16/02/2013 (Online)

EightThirty .

Super Reviewer

More of the same over the top action, with even more cameos this time. Including Chuck Norris, More Willis and Schwarzenegger time on screen and even more cheesy lines. If they do any more they will start to be listed under comedies not action films.

Dean !

Super Reviewer

The Expendables 2 Quotes

I'm almost out. I'll be back!
Mr. Church:
You've been back enough! I'll be back!
– Submitted by Andrew D (15 months ago)
Lee Christmas:
And by the power vested in me, I now pronounce you - Man and Knife.
– Submitted by T R (18 months ago)
I'm back!
– Submitted by Jed G (21 months ago)
Gunnar Jensen:
So when are you coming back?
Yin Yang:
Maybe soon, maybe never, maybe try a new life.
Gunnar Jensen:
Then who am I supposed to pick on?
Yin Yang:
You will find another minority.
– Submitted by Kevin Q (23 months ago)
Barney Ross:
We keep it light, until it's time to go dark. Then we go pitch black.
– Submitted by Jeremy B (2 years ago)
Barney Ross:
[mockingly] Hello, darlin'.
Lee Christmas:
Hello, darlin'.
– Submitted by Patricia I (2 years ago)

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