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G.I. Joe: Retaliation

Sci-Fi . Thriller . Science Fiction . Action . Adventure

Framed for crimes against the country, the G.I. Joe team is terminated by Presidential order. This forces the G.I. Joes into not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra; they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence.

Actors: Jonathan Pryce , Byung-hun Lee , Luke Bracey , Ray Stevenson , Elodie Yung , Lee Byung-hun , Channing Tatum , Ray Park , Bruce Willis , Adrianne Palicki , D.J. Cotrona , Dwayne Johnson
Directors: Jon M. Chu
Country: USA
Release: 2013-03-28
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  • Richard Corliss

    An action figure with a sweet core, Johnson can pump up the humanity of any franchise, whether he’s playing a stepdad who becomes a hero in Journey 2 or, as here, a stud soldier who treats Flint and Jaye like his grown children and shepherds them through peril. Following those younger Joes, the Retaliation audience is encouraged to clamber up on Johnson’s huge soldiers and go along for a pretty cool ride.

    Time Full Review
  • Alan Scherstuhl

    It's not enough to call this the rare franchise action movie to bring the goods; it's the even rarer one whose creators seem to understand what the goods even are.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    So fetishistic about high-powered weapons that it qualifies as an NRA wet dream, G.I. Joe: Retaliation pretty accurately reflects the franchise's comic book and cartoon origins, which is both a good and a bad thing: good if you're a 12- to 15-year-old boy, bad if you're just about anyone else.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    It's well-executed technocratic action fluff. But it did leave me buzzed rather than drained.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Todd Gilchrist

    Retaliation is no masterpiece, but it’s a movie whose fun doesn’t feel like a four-letter word -- popcorn entertainment that not only rivals what you see during summer, but surpasses what you see from Sommers.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Scott Bowles

    A more sure-footed shoot-'em-up that finds some heart, wit and perhaps enough momentum to spawn a formidable action franchise.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    Willis is at his relaxed best this time.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    As long as Hollywood keeps hitting us over the head with empty spectacles like G.I. Joe: Retaliation, regular Joes will be too numb to fight back.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    The directive behind this sequel, clearly, was non-stop action. Let's think about that phrase a second. Do we really want our action movies to deliver action that does not stop? Ever? I get a little tired of action sequences that won't stop.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Dumb fun can be, well, fun. G.I. Joe: Retaliation is way too much of the former and not nearly enough of the latter.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    At times, G.I. Joe: Retaliation has a sense of its own ridiculousness — Pryce seems to be having a good time, anyway — but not enough to soften the mass death, hardware fetishism, and militaristic zeal that gets in the way of its escapist fun.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    Offering a more straight-faced brand of idiocy than its cheerfully dumb 2009 predecessor, G.I. Joe: Retaliation might well have been titled “G.I. Joe: Regurgitation,” advertising big guns, visual effects and that other line of Hasbro toys with the same joyless, chew-everything-up-and-spit-it-out efficiency.

    Variety Full Review
  • Instead of long takes, which are lovingly utilized in Step Up 3D, Jon M. Chu opts for increasing volatility in the editing room.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    It’s a live-action version of on an ’80s cartoon that was designed to sell toys. This is “Transformers” without the Bumblebee Camaro, a lot of action, a few one-liners, and a lot of gunplay.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    If you currently own a G.I. Joe toy or if you've dressed like a ninja at least twice since Halloween, you're going to find a lot to "hooah" about in "G.I. Joe: Retaliation."

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    Plays like a tiresomely extended evening of channel surfing.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    That G.I. Joe silliness the first film embraced has been steamrolled into tentpole flatness this time around. It’s not stoopid anymore, but just plain stupid.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    The G.I. Joe team is back, and most of their sophomore movie adventure, G.I. Joe Retaliation, is as bland as their name and as subtle as an exploding tank.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    It's massive, all the retaliation and the world saving stuff. And it's convoluted. Frankly no one should have to think that hard to keep up with the Joes.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Olly Richards

    Fast Five was a good example of how applying The Rock to a tired series could bring it back to life. G.I. Joe, by opting for self-seriousness instead of knowing daftness, has squandered its secret weapon.

    Empire Full Review
  • Josh Winning

    “Rock solid,” is Bruce Willis’ nod-wink appraisal of an attack strategy in G.I. Joe: Retaliation. The film’s nowhere near as sturdy, trundling out middling action and nonsensical plotting.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    Feels like a five-year-old with a megaphone, excitedly yelling about his latest bulldozer-soldier-dinosaur smash-kill-squash-everything game.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Tom Russo

    How funny that Pryce, a tweedy Brit playing a bad guy, should be the one person doing anything remotely heroic for this dud.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    The dialogue and exposition scenes in G.I. Joe are like something out of a Saturday morning cartoon from the 1980s, but the PG-13 violence is a little intense for the 7-year-old boys (and girls) who might love this stuff.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Everything in G.I. Joe: Retaliation is perfunctory - technically proficient but soulless. It's not exciting. It's boring.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Stephanie Merry

    Although “G.I. Joe” is merely a movie based on Hasbro toys, the action -- the real point of all this -- feels just as lifeless.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Louis Black

    There actually is some clever dialogue in the film, especially early on between Roadblock and Duke (Tatum). But this fades over the course of the film, and too much of what the characters say sounds as though it’s been lifted verbatim from 1930s and 1940s serials.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    The film’s director, Jon M. Chu, executes a pretty good high-altitude fight scene. Still, there should be a “Fans Only” sign at the door of every theater.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    I won't pretend that I had a great time watching G.I. Joe: Retaliation.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    This movie never realizes how ridiculous anything it does truly is, right up to the last-second promise of another sequel.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Mark Jenkins

    What's the difference between an action figure and an action star? Very little in G.I. Joe: Retaliation, which features no performances of note, even from such combat-tested thespians as Bruce Willis, Jonathan Pryce and Dwayne Johnson.

    NPR Full Review
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