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The Raid 2 Reviews

April 11, 2014
It is adolescent male wish- fulfillment fantasy of the most retrograde kind but, as action cinema, the Jakarta-set thriller The Raid 2 is riveting fare.
April 11, 2014
Men snap, crackle and pop before our eyes, their broken bones part of the gloriously kitsch, balletic fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 11, 2014
If The Raid 2: Berandal doesn't end up as the most violent movie to hit screens in 2014, it won't be for lack of trying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 11, 2014
Two and-a-half hours may seem like a lot for an Indonesian crime saga, but "The Raid 2" has a sweeping scope that justifies its running time. And it will knock you out.
Full Review | Original Score: A
April 11, 2014
A brilliant, dazzling, and devastating 21/2-hour ballet of brutality that's more ordeal than entertainment ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 10, 2014
For those of us who believe the prime directive of action pictures is that such movies ought to, by gawd, move , Gareth Evans is our new patron saint.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 10, 2014
At once messy and adrenalizing ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 10, 2014
A very talented, very long piece of ultra-violence about a fleet-footed undercover cop who wreaks havoc on the criminal hierarchy of Jakarta.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 10, 2014
By opening the action up to the entire city for the sequel, there's less claustrophobia but also less excitement.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 10, 2014
Every time you think The Raid 2 can't possibly top itself, writer-director Gareth Evans goes "Oh, yeah? Watch THIS."
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 10, 2014
Iko Uwais is back for another heartstopping dose of bar-raising martial arts action.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 10, 2014
You sit, smeary-faced, as Evans exhausts one cold-blooded hoodlum confrontation after another - in prisons, in restaurants, on the subway. It is so expertly played, it never becomes stupid ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 10, 2014
Evans gives us another slice of spleen-splittingly, pelvis-dislodgingly, inner-ear-damagingly hardcore action. He lets rip with everything but subtlety.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 10, 2014
The plot is murky, the acting is melodramatic and the movie is way too long, but the target audience will salivate over the inventively choreographed set-pieces ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 10, 2014
Certainly, The Raid 2, a glorious head-butt of a movie, is not for the squeamish...but for those who prefer some slam in their cinema, it delivers.
| Original Score: 4/5
April 10, 2014
Gareth Evans is throwing an impressive gauntlet down to his audience here. Someone's face is pulled apart by the teeth, while he screams. Think you can handle this?
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
April 9, 2014
This is an action junkie's fix and it literally pulls no punches.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 3, 2014
Make no mistake. If what you're after is insane, mind-bogglingly violent martial arts action, The Raid 2 is quite possibly the ultimate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 3, 2014
This is an absurdly violent film, but it's too in love with the physical genius of its actors to really feel sadistic.
April 3, 2014
The story is convoluted without being profound, and although there are some strong secondary performances, Uwais is interesting only when in motion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 3, 2014
Crystal clear, vibrant and brutally violent.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 28, 2014
It is doubtful that Evans himself has anything whatever to "say". At most, he seems to comment on his own blankness, as in the comic sequence in which Rama and a few associates visit a low-rent porn studio where filming sex is a dreary routine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 28, 2014
All those looking for a new kick are advised to seek it out, but don't blame me for the headache with which you might leave the theater.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 27, 2014
As you might guess, this is not a film for everyone's taste. But for fans of the martial arts genre, Evans has created a scintillating, if sometimes imperfect, new chapter.
March 27, 2014
Neither its undercover drama nor its two-and-a-half-hour length bog down the bracing, and numerous, fight fests.
March 27, 2014
Just when you think the movie has gotten as wonderfully, violently over-the-top as possible, it manages to keep upping the ante until its exhausting climax. It leaves you drained, but not enervated.
March 27, 2014
The Raid 2 lets its warriors rip for two and a half thrilling hours. With the precision of dance and the punch of a KO champion, [director Gavin] Evans keeps the action coming like nobody's business.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 27, 2014
You could say (and some will) that the gratuitousness of the violence in The Raid 2 is a problem. But it all functions as part of the surreal dance of death ...
March 27, 2014
From the first scene, this Jakarta-set actioner is extraordinarily gorgeous - and extremely violent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 27, 2014
The action is at once horrifying and absurdly cartoonish (a baseball bat yields a particularly gruesome coup de grace), but Uwais' dexterity inspires awe ...
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 26, 2014
Those with a high tolerance for violence and gore - at one point, Rama battles assassins labeled "Baseball Bat Man'' and "Hammer Girl'' simultaneously - will eat up "The Raid 2.''
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 26, 2014
At nearly 150 minutes, "The Raid 2" is just a hell of a lot of a good thing; in fact it's so much that it stops being a good thing, and tips over into decadent, incomprehensible farrago.
March 26, 2014
Though the flick's best scenes are pared-down bouts, Evans wrestles with (and loses to) his impulse that bigger is better, that 35 corpses are more effective than one.
Full Review | Original Score: C
March 26, 2014
You'll either dial right into the film's feverish frequency or head for the concession stand. But if it's more that you're after, then The Raid 2 will make you feel like Christmas came nine months early.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 24, 2014
A spectacular crescendo of ultraviolence that re-defines overkill.
January 24, 2014
Only viewers with zero appreciation for the genre will leave unimpressed; devotees should add approximately six stars to the rating above.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 23, 2014
Hyper-violent it may be but there is beauty in its brutality.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 23, 2014
The Raid 2 flails for too long, but it does, eventually, make contact.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 22, 2014
There are tradeoffs with the switch to a more epic, ambitious canvas, but Gareth Evans' action sequel in most ways that count is an even more masterful jolt of high-energy genre filmmaking.
January 22, 2014
A longer, slower, more expansive sequel that nevertheless delivers deep, bone-crunching pleasure for hardcore genre fans.