Fans have been waiting for the sequel to Kick-Ass almost as soon they left the theater the first time around. At least that’s what the folks behind Kick-Ass 2 thought but critics that have seen the film are singing a very different tune. With most of the heavy weight votes in from critics across the country, Kick-Ass 2 is sitting with a very rotten rating on the movie review site Rotten Tomatoes.
Kick-Ass 2 is sitting with a 24 percent rotten rating among all critics but top critics have been much harsher, leveling the film with a 14 percent rating heading into the film’s opening weekend.
Claudia Puig from USA Today claims that the film shouldn’t have even happened.
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.
James Berardinelli from ReelViews states that while Kick-Ass 2 tries to be a meta superhero movie sequel, it falls flat and steps on the first film.
While there are some solid gold moments, the story as a whole has an unfocused, meandering quality, and there are elements that simply don’t work. Plus, the movie’s need to include so-called “meta” elements (comparing the “real world” with the world of comic books) feel forced and obligatory.
Alonso Duralde had similar disappointment with the film.
While the 2010 “Kick-Ass” was far from perfect, it did feel like a movie that understood the power fantasies of teenage boys with deadly accuracy. If the original felt like it was designed for adolescents, however, this follow-up feels like it was made by an adolescent, one with a whopping case of ADHD.
Fans of the original film may end up enjoying the movie but not much has been made about the sequel and if you’re afraid Kick-Ass 2 will ruin the magic of the first movie, it sounds like you’re not missing much by skipping the sequel.