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Kick-Ass 2 (2013)

Country: USA, UK, Japan

Genres: Action, Comedy, Crime

Taglines: You Can't Fight Your Destiny.

Director: Jeff Wadlow

Writers: Jeff Wadlow, Mark Millar, John Romita Jr.

Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz, Morris Chestnut, Claudia Lee, ...

After Kick-Ass' insane bravery inspires a new wave of self-made masked crusaders, led by the badass Colonel Stars and Stripes, our hero joins them on patrol. When these amateur superheroes are hunted down by Red Mist -- reborn as The Mother F%&*^r -- only the blade-wielding Hit Girl can prevent their annihilation. When we last saw junior assassin Hit Girl and young vigilante Kick-Ass, they were trying to live as normal teenagers Mindy and Dave. With graduation looming and uncertain what to do, Dave decides to start the world's first superhero team with Mindy. Unfortunately, when Mindy is busted for sneaking out as Hit Girl, she's forced to retire-leaving her to navigate the terrifying world of high-school mean girls on her own. With no one left to turn to, Dave joins forces with Justice Forever, run by a born-again ex-mobster named Colonel Stars and Stripes. Just as they start to make a real difference on the streets, the world's first super villain, The Mother F%&*^r, assembles his ...

70 | 2013-08-14 | John DeFore

The film delivers almost exactly what fans of the first installment are hoping for.
Read More: The Hollywood Reporter

70 | 2013-08-14 | Alan Scherstuhl

The most welcome change is the tone. Wadlow has decided he's making a straight-up comedy, and he demonstrates a knack for it.
Read More: Village Voice

67 | 2013-08-15 | Steve Persall

It's rambunctiously amusing but the laughs clot in your throat. There's a meaner streak this time to Kick-Ass and Hit Girl's exploits, or maybe Carrey's sensitivity is justified. Either way, the third act of Kick-Ass 2 is a visceral beatdown.
Read More: Tampa Bay Times

63 | 2013-08-15 | Kyle Smith

I do get a chuckle out of movies with wildly inappropriate behavior, rude language and ultramayhem, especially when they involve children, but Kick-Ass 2 sometimes felt like being trapped in a room with the funniest guy in seventh grade.
Read More: New York Post

63 | 2013-08-15 | James Berardinelli

Tone isn't the movie's sole problem. There's something off-putting about Christopher Mitz-Plasse as the chief bad guy.
Read More: ReelViews

60 | 2013-08-15 | Bilge Ebiri

Kick-Ass 2, a movie that, for all its predictable sequel-ness, manages to conjure up pretty much the same dark magic that the earlier film did, albeit with more troubling results. Believe it or not, Kick-Ass 2 is even more of a provocation than the first Kick-Ass.
Read More: New York Magazine (Vulture)

60 | 2013-08-14 | Justin Chang

As diverting as this action-packed caper often is, it feels not just weightless but emotionally and morally stunted whenever it veers into grown-up dramatic territory.
Read More: Variety

60 | 2013-08-12 | Owen Williams

A more modest success than the first "Kick-Ass," but still of-a-piece with its scurrilous predecessor. Nobody flies a jet-pack up a skyscraper this time, but Kick-Ass 2 still has its share of over-the-top action, and the sweary laughs are just about intact.
Read More: Empire

60 | 2013-08-12 | Matt Risley

A fun if sporadically schizoid return to one of the brighter, brasher comic-bookers of recent years.
Read More: Total Film

60 | 2013-08-12 | Cath Clarke

The best thing about ‘Kick-Ass’ was Moretz, and Hit-Girl still gets the best lines. Like the first film, Kick-Ass 2 pulls the reality of teen life into its fantasy.
Read More: Time Out London

56 | 2013-08-15 | William Goss

Faithful to the superficial thrills and flaws of the original.
Read More: Film.com

50 | 2013-08-15 | Chris Nashawaty

Moretz, who is 16 now, can't manufacture the same that's-so-wrong jolt she managed the first time around. Back then, it was hilariously taboo to see a little girl spout arias of profanity. Now, she's just another teenager swearing. Like the rest of the film, what was once shocking now just elicits a shrug.
Read More: Entertainment Weekly

50 | 2013-08-15 | Ann Hornaday

Like its own protagonists, Kick-Ass 2 can’t decide what it wants to be when it grows up: a vessel for unhinged vengeance and destruction or a meta-critique of those same impulses. In going for both, it winds up being neither.
Read More: Washington Post

50 | 2013-08-15 | Bill Goodykoontz

Kick-Ass 2 has a mean-spirited vigilante streak the first film lacked (it seemed more concerned with justice, in its way), as well as a fatigue. It’s still funny, particularly when Hit Girl spews profanity and wields weapons. It’s just not as good.
Read More: Arizona Republic

50 | 2013-08-15 | Mick LaSalle

A weird mix of the refreshing and the dispiriting, Kick-Ass 2 is appealing in its brutal honesty and repellent in its honest brutality.
Read More: San Francisco Chronicle

50 | 2013-08-15 | Joe Williams

To stand out in a crowded marketplace, a sequel can’t just kick ass — it has to blow minds.
Read More: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

50 | 2013-08-15 | Rene Rodriguez

What seemed edgy and brash in Kick-Ass is now routine and old-hat. The first movie was a brash satire on formulaic comic-book movies — exactly the sort of picture the sequel turns out to be.
Read More: Miami Herald

50 | 2013-08-14 | A.A. Dowd

Even with its edges sanded down, Kick-Ass 2 is unmistakably Millaresque — a juvenile comedy of excess, in which skewering adolescent power fantasies looks an awful lot like indulging in them.
Read More: The A.V. Club

50 | 2013-08-14 | Marc Savlov

Kick-Ass 2 returns with the original’s rollicking sense of vulgarity and bodily trauma fully intact, but the story has more plot lines to string together than absolutely necessary.
Read More: Austin Chronicle

50 | 2013-08-14 | Mark Olsen

Kick-Ass 2 is a lesser version of what it appears to be, an uncertain jumble rather than a true exploration of outrage, violence and identity.
Read More: Los Angeles Times

50 | 2013-08-14 | Gabe Toro

The crime isn’t that Kick-Ass 2 is vulgar (which it is), but that it’s for so little gain.
Read More: The Playlist

50 | 2013-08-14 | Roger Moore

That makes Kick Ass 2 more sour than sweet, a movie that jokes about comic book fanboys but stops short of mocking them the way the first film did.
Read More: McClatchy-Tribune News Service

40 | 2013-08-15 | Joe Neumaier

The meta-satire hits you over the head until not just your Spidey sense is tingling.
Read More: New York Daily News

40 | 2013-08-14 | Tasha Robinson

A messy, confused, over-the-top mixture of brutality and sick comedy, puckishness and ugliness, self-awareness and tone-deafness.
Read More: The Dissolve

40 | 2013-08-13 | Robbie Collin

Your ass is constantly braced in readiness and hope, but it remains un-kicked.
Read More: The Telegraph

38 | 2013-08-15 | Richard Roeper

Kick-Ass 2 is an uninspired retread. All too often it plays like a Comic-Con gone insane, with costumed do-gooders taking on costumed criminals in gratuitously vicious battles.
Read More: Chicago Sun-Times

38 | 2013-08-15 | Claudia Puig

Kick-Ass is a prime example of a movie that never should have bothered with a sequel. Not only is its successor played-out, but it revels in carnage while lacking the visual style and gleeful humor of the original.
Read More: USA Today

38 | 2013-08-15 | Steven Rea

In the annals of sequeldom, Kick-Ass 2 has to be one of the lamest follow-ups ever.
Read More: Philadelphia Inquirer

38 | 2013-08-15 | Michael Phillips

It's no better, no worse and essentially no different from the jocular, clodhopping brutality of the first one.
Read More: Chicago Tribune

25 | 2013-08-15 | Ty Burr

Kick-Ass 2 is a special kind of crap: the kind smart people make for audiences they think are stupid.
Read More: Boston Globe

25 | 2013-08-15 | Stephen Whitty

If it works at all, fitfully, it's because of the precociously talented and in-control Moretz, who carries the film on her own small shoulders.
Read More: Portland Oregonian

25 | 2013-08-14 | Chris Cabin

The film doubles down on the love-hate relationship with ultra-violence that typified its predecessor, but A History of Violence this is not.
Read More: Slant Magazine

12 | 2013-08-15 | Adam Nayman

Arriving at the tail end of blockbuster season, this cheaply produced sequel to the surprise 2011 hit arrives in plenty of time to claim the title of the year’s most unpleasant movie.
Read More: The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

10 | 2013-08-15 | Manohla Dargis

The writer and director, Jeff Wadlow, can’t obscure the movie’s misogyny, and he also has a tough time staging a scene and selling a joke. His worst offense is that he has no understanding of the power, gravity and terrible beauty of violent imagery, which means he has no grasp of cinema.
Read More: The New York Times

0 | 2013-08-16 | Ali Arikan

One of the year's worst films.
Read More: RogerEbert.com