Kick-Ass 2 Is Rotten on Rotten Tomatoes

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.

- Claudia Puig, USA Today

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.

- James Berardinelli, ReelViews

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.

Alonso Duralde, The Wrap

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.


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