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August 16, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Kick-Ass 2, writes Adam Nayman in the Toronto Globe and Mail, is “the year’s most unpleasant movie.” Other critics aren’t quite so terse, but their reviews reflect a similar assessment. Claudia Puig in USA Today notes that one of the characters wears a T-shirt that sports the words “I Hate Reboots.” Says Puig, “Lacking the inventive kicks of the original, this is a movie that will only underscore that sense of loathing.” Manohla Dargis in the New York Times says that “it’s the kind of cynical product that gives violent movies a bad name. There’s no story to speak of, just a familiar title, recycled characters and carnage.” Mark Olsen in the Los Angeles Times suggests that after the summer’s superhero films, this might appear to be the perfect time to release a movie in which “the characters … are average people running around in homemade costumes calling themselves super.” However, he writes, it winds up as “an uncertain jumble rather than a true exploration of outrage, violence and identity.” The closest thing to a positive review comes from Rafer Guzmán of Newsday, who calls it “overstuffed but entertaining.”