Movie Reviews: Kick-ass 2

Kick-Ass 2, writes Adam Nayman in the Toronto Globe and Mail is the year's most unpleasant movie. Other critics are quite so terse but their reviews reflect a similar assessment. Claudia Puig in USA Today notes that one of the characters wears a T-shirt that sports the words I Hate Reboots. Says Puig, Lacking the inventive kicks of the original, this is a movie that will only underscore that sense of loathing. Manohla Dargis in the New York Times says that it's the kind of cynical product that gives violent movies a bad name. There's no story to speak of, just a familiar title, recycled characters and carnage. Mark Olsen in the Los Angeles Times suggests that after the summer's superhero films, this might appear to be the perfect time to release a movie in which the characters ... are average people running around in homemade costumes calling themselves super. However, he writes, it winds up as an uncertain jumble rather than a true exploration of outrage, violence and identity. The closest thing to a positive review comes from Rafer Guzmán of Newsday, who calls it overstuffed but entertaining.



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