This over-the-top sequel caters to the lowest common denominator in the best possible way, and it's so fully committed to brainless bombast that it muscles audiences to applaud by sheer force of will.
—Amy Nicholson Boxoffice Magazine
The Expendables 2 offers the sendoff adrenaline junkies are seeking before the more sedate pace of fall releases.
—Justin Lowe The Hollywood Reporter
This muscle-bound meathead extravaganza is a sometimes blissfully cretinous endeavor, delivering the maximum firepower and zero brainpower its target audience expects.
—Justin Chang Variety
Somehow all that testosterone-infused blow-'-em-up craziness turns out to be kind of a kick.
—Betsy Sharkey Los Angeles Times
More fun and somewhat more coherent than its Sylvester Stallone-directed predecessor, The Expendables 2 serves up a planeload of thickly sliced, well-aged beef and ham amid lots of stuff getting blown up.
—Lou Lumenick New York Post
The Expendables 2 is corny, barbaric and sometimes visually murky. But humor and self-deprecating macho charm make this male pattern badness crowd-pleasing fun.
—Claudia Puig USA Today
Like the 2010 original, The Expendables 2 is all sound and fury signifying nothing, when at the very least it should add up to big, dumb fun
—Peter Travers Rolling Stone
Believe it or not, there's a strange kind of lifelessness to the movie that makes you wish it were dumber -- that it was more obnoxious and louder and crazier.
—Bilge Ebiri Vulture
A huge, bulging disappointment.
—Nick de Semlyen Empire
It isn't a movie - it's more like the world's most expensive, elaborate viral video, making a detour to the big screen before being broken up into more easily consumable segments to be consumed on YouTube.
—Alison Willmore Movieline