As is the case with most superhero movies, reviews are largely mixed, ranging from the claim that we’ve reached superhero saturation point to calling it “awfully good” and “refreshing.” Basically, critics either loved it or hated it.
Nevertheless, Deadpool 2 is still hotly anticipated by fans, and follows hot on the heels of Marvel’s two biggest blockbusters to date, Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War. Whether Deadpool 2 will reach those dizzying heights is doubtful, but if you were on the fence about seeing the film, these reviews might sway you one way or the other.
Watch the Deadpool 2 trailer below and then scroll through a selection of reviews.
The really bad
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.
Phil de Semlyen / Time Out
It’s a long movie and when its star isn’t on screen and cracking wise, the boundary-pushing shocks and endless self-references wear thin.
K. Austin Collins / Vanity Fair
There’s no other way to put this: ‘Deadpool 2’ is a regular, shmegular superhero movie, distinguished only by an obnoxiously unearned dose of “See what I did there?!” It’s a drag.
Barry Hertz / The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Never before have the demands of my inner man-child been so stirred, though, than while experiencing ‘Deadpool 2’, a movie that feels scribbled in pencil crayon, drenched in Jolt Cola and coated with the dust of a thousand discarded bags of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.
Jen Yamato / Los Angeles Times
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.
A.O. Scott / The New York Times
There is something ever so slightly dishonest about this character, something false about the boundaries drawn around his sadism and his rage. ‘Deadpool 2’ dabbles in ugliness and transgression, but takes no real creative risks.
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.
Kate Erbland / IndieWire
Like so many franchise-starting first films, ‘Deadpool’ had to push through some necessary evils to get to the good stuff. Fortunately, all that subversive goodness is on wild display in ‘Deadpool 2,’ which delivers on the promise of the first film (and more).
Michael Phillips / Chicago Tribune
‘Deadpool 2’ is just like ‘Deadpool’ only more so. It’s actually a fair bit better — funnier, more inventive than the 2016 smash… and more consistent in its chosen tone and style: Ultraviolent screwball comedy.
And the great
Stephen Whitty / New York Daily News
Right now, he’s the perfect ‘Avengers’ antidote.
Kevin Harley / Total Film
This is the rare comedy sequel that doesn’t just equal the original: It betters it, with bells and ball-sacks on.
Peter Travers / Rolling Stone
‘Deadpool 2’ throws everything it has at you until you throw your arms up in happy surrender.
Michael O’Sullivan / Washington Post
Far from lazy, it is a fairly brilliant sendup of comic-book action movies, as well as also being an excellent example of one.
Christopher Orr / The Atlantic
The film ends on a remarkably touching emotional note. Had it held to the strength of its convictions — and it is immensely obvious why it did not — it might have been the best ending of any superhero movie to date. (No, the bar’s not terribly high.) But it’s nonetheless awfully good, and we can still look forward to, mid-credits, the world’s best-ever ‘Green Lantern’ joke.
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