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G.I. Joe: Retaliation

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 1 hour 39 minutes (99 minutes)

Genres: Action, Adventure, Science Fiction, Thriller

No

Go,

Joe.

2.5 out of 5

G.I. Joe: Retaliation Review

What's Good:
Few action sequences, vfx -- it is indeed superior to its predecessor.
What's Bad:
Continuous action -- we also love action, but this goes overboard and hits the roof! Its dull, humourless and aggressive. This movie had no logic in the plot. Storm is alive when he should be dead and there is no explanation. A fleet of joes went to only 20-30 then to only 3? no sense. The camera was too close for fight scenes. No back stories, No explanations for anything. The cast from the prequel is gone with no explanation for the introduction of new cast.
Verdict:
It's a brainless popcorn entertainment. It's as if movie execs gave rock a big gun and expected it would make up for everything.
Watch or Not:
Watch it if you're are a die hard fan of action stars in the movie!

Audience Ratings for G.I. Joe: Retaliation

48.0%
61 Ratings
1 2 3 4 5
hate it don't like it it's ok it's good it's great

Plot Summary

In this sequel, the G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra; they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence. A follow-up to the 2009 release of G.I. JOE: RISE OF THE COBRA, which grossed over $300M worldwide, Paramount Pictures, MGM and Skydance Productions, in association with HASBRO and di Bonaventura Pictures, commences production on G.I. JOE: RETALIATION. In this sequel, the G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra; they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence. The film stars D.J. Cotrona, Byung-hun Lee, Ray Park, Adrianne Palicki, Jonathan Pryce, RZA, Ray Stevenson, Channing Tatum with Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson. Directed by Jon M. Chu, and produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Brian Goldner, from a screenplay by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick based on Hasbro's G.I. Joe(R) characters, the film is scheduled to be released on June 29,2012.

Critics Reviews for G.I. Joe: Retaliation

22 Critics like this movie.
Reviews Counted: 27 | Positive Review: 6 | Negative Review: 21 | Average Rating: 2.2/5

When it comes to big and loud, this is the movie to beat for at least this week; what makes it entertaining is its unabashed wallow in these qualities ...
Critic Score: 3/5

March 29, 2013 Full Review
Glenn Kenny
Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies

Plays like a tiresomely extended evening of channel surfing.
Critic Score: 2/5

March 29, 2013 Full Review
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York

No go, "Joe."
Critic Score: D

March 29, 2013 Full Review
Tom Long
Tom Long
Detroit News

Retaliation is less a sequel than an antidote to the calcified mound of crap that ostensibly inspired it.

March 29, 2013 Full Review
Richard Corliss
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

What's the difference between an action figure and an action star? Very little in G.I. Joe: Retaliation, which features no performances of note, even from such combat-tested thespians as Bruce Willis, Jonathan Pryce and Dwayne Johnson.

March 28, 2013 Full Review
Mark Jenkins
NPR

There should be a "Fans Only" sign at the door of every theater.
Critic Score: 2/5

March 28, 2013 Full Review
Neil Genzlinger
New York Times

I won't pretend that I had a great time watching "G.I. Joe: Retaliation."

March 28, 2013 Full Review
Joe Morgenstern
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

Ever played a video game with a friend and had to sit there while he hogged it, leaving you to do nothing but watch for what seemed like hours?
Critic Score: 2.5/5

March 28, 2013 Full Review
Bill Goodykoontz
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

Good luck recalling any other would-be set pieces a couple of days after you've seen Retaliation.

March 28, 2013 Full Review
Tom Russo
Boston Globe

People may flock to G.I. Joe: Retaliation despite its inert illogic. But don't say you weren't warned. As a wise man once said, "knowing is half the battle."
Critic Score: 1.5/4

March 28, 2013 Full Review
Stephanie Merry
Washington Post

To borrow from Jack in the Box, "G. I. Joe: Retaliation" is one hot mess.
Critic Score: 2/5

March 28, 2013 Full Review
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times

Unmitigated nonsense to anyone but diehard fans.
Critic Score: 1.5/4

March 28, 2013 Full Review
Stephen Whitty
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

Like a Dumpster bin behind Tiffany's, this contains nothing but well-packaged garbage.
Critic Score: 1.5/4

March 28, 2013 Full Review
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times

A more sure-footed shoot-'em-up that finds some heart, wit and perhaps enough momentum to spawn a formidable action franchise.
Critic Score: 2.5/4

March 27, 2013 Full Review
Scott Bowles
USA Today

Everything in G.I. Joe: Retaliation is perfunctory - technically proficient but soulless. It's not exciting. It's boring.
Critic Score: 1.5/4

March 27, 2013 Full Review
James Berardinelli
James Berardinelli
ReelViews

It's well-executed technocratic action fluff. But it did leave me buzzed rather than drained.
Critic Score: B-

March 27, 2013 Full Review
Owen Gleiberman
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

That's not to say that this G.I. Joe is good, aside from a couple of dazzling action set pieces, but at least it's efficient in its muscular mindlessness.

March 27, 2013 Full Review
Christy Lemire
Christy Lemire
Associated Press

The G.I. Joe team is back, and most of their sophomore movie adventure, G.I. Joe Retaliation, is as bland as their name and as subtle as an exploding tank.
Critic Score: 2/5

March 27, 2013 Full Review
Joe Neumaier
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

It's like a giant explosion on a distant planet, observed but not felt.
Critic Score: 1.5/4

March 27, 2013 Full Review
Peter Howell
Peter Howell
Toronto Star

"G.I. Joe: Retaliation" has enough hoo-ah to bring a satisfying blast of blockbustery summer to dreary March.
Critic Score: 2.5/4

March 27, 2013 Full Review
Kyle Smith
Kyle Smith
New York Post

As for plot and character development, well, um ... did I mention the picture has a lot of guns?
Critic Score: 1.5/4

March 27, 2013 Full Review
Soren Anderson
Seattle Times

The junky pleasures of the first installment now just seem like junk in this noisy, nonsensical, lead-footed sequel.

March 27, 2013 Full Review
Rafer Guzman
Rafer Guzman
Newsday

It's not enough to call this the rare franchise action movie to bring the goods; it's the even rarer one whose creators seem to understand what the goods even are.

March 27, 2013 Full Review
Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice

The directive behind this sequel, clearly, was non-stop action. Let's think about that phrase a second. Do we really want our action movies to deliver action that does not stop? Ever? I get a little tired of action sequences that won't stop.
Critic Score: 2/4

March 27, 2013 Full Review
Michael Phillips
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

Retaliation makes any number of ham-fisted bids for topical relevance, and naturally almost every one of them represents an affront to good taste.

March 27, 2013 Full Review
Justin Chang
Justin Chang
Variety

Good if you're a 12-15-year-old boy, bad if you're just about anyone else.

March 27, 2013 Full Review
Todd McCarthy
Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter

It looks as though some bright spark at Joe HQ decided that what the series needed was to lose its fun, post-'Team America' self-awareness and replace it with unironic jingoism, military-fetish hardware and heavy-handed nods to real world events.
Critic Score: 2/5

March 26, 2013 Full Review
Tom Huddleston
Time Out

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