Funnier than the original! Less funny than the original! More heart! Less!
Critics sure are divided on Deadpool 2, but one thing they seem to agree on?
No, not Ryan Reynolds‘ cheekbones… though, y’know, probably also that…
No, we mean if you LOVED the original, you’ll probably love this one — and if you hated it, you will definitely hate the sequel.
Get a better SPOILER FREE idea what we mean (below):
Andrew Barker, Variety: “In almost every respect, this sequel is an improvement on its 2016 predecessor: Sharper, grosser, more narratively coherent and funnier overall, with a few welcome new additions.
Michael O’Sullivan, The Washington Post: “It is a fairly brilliant sendup of comic-book action movies, as well as also being an excellent example of one.”
Bruce Demara, The Toronto Star: “Seriously subversive, seriously funny, seriously profane, occasionally even serious, Deadpool 2 is the best kind of cinematic entertainment. Seriously.”
Brian Truitt, USA Today: “Where it surprises – and why it works so well – is how it balances an actually touching undercurrent alongside superhero subversiveness.”
Kate Erbland, IndieWire: “Deadpool had a sense of humor about itself, but its sequel finds a way to make those jokes truly funny. Still, it’s rough going at first. The first act rips by at a frenetic, uneven pace… By the time the film settles into its primary storyline, the narrative suffers from a certain amount of whiplash, and it’s only after about another 20 minutes that the audience has some sense of where the hell this is going.”
Alonso Duralde, The Wrap: “Does Deadpool 2 pick up its predecessor’s baton and run off to new and exciting places? Not really. Is it as tasty as leftovers on the second day? Absolutely. Temper your expectations accordingly.”
Jen Yamato, The Los Angeles Times: “It’s not easy to capture lightning in a bottle twice, and it’s even harder to push boundaries when you’re playing it safe. In Deadpool 2, the manic antics fly fast, but the franchise loses its edge as wise-cracking antihero Deadpool goes dadcore, attempting to infuse standard-issue four-quadrant studio blockbuster beats into what was once a revolutionary R-rated premise.”
Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly: “It’s in Deadpool‘s DNA to channel the wild id of a 12-year-old boy — a very clever one who happens to love boobs, Enya, and blowing stuff up. Which is dizzy fun for a while, like eating Twinkies on a Gravitron. Eventually, though, it just wears you out.”
David Edelstein, Vulture: “We’ve reached superhero saturation point, and Deadpool 2 is less a satire of that condition than a symptom of it. It has zero suspense — it’s too hip, too meta, for suspense.”
Glen Weldon, NPR: “It’s Family Guy: The Movie. Or, technically I suppose, it’s Family Guy 2: Here Are Some More Mentions Of Other, Tangentially Related Things You Recognize And Like.”
Mara Reinstein, UsWeekly: “Deadpool 2 will merely keep company amid all the other underwhelming sequels with bigger budgets and half the entertainment value.”
[Image via 20th Century Fox.]