‘Deadpool 2’ Splits Critics Down the Middle

While promo for Deadpool 2 is slowly taking over the world and dominating headlines, the first reviews for the follow-up to 2016’s hugely popular superhero movie are starting to hit the web.

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.

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.

David Edelstein / Vulture

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.

Phil de Semlyen / Time Out

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.

K. Austin Collins / Vanity Fair

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.

Barry Hertz / The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

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.

Jen Yamato / Los Angeles 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.

A.O. Scott / The New York Times

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.

Andrew Barker / Variety

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).

Kate Erbland / IndieWire

‘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.

Michael Phillips / Chicago Tribune

Right now, he’s the perfect ‘Avengers’ antidote.

Stephen Whitty / New York Daily News

This is the rare comedy sequel that doesn’t just equal the original: It betters it, with bells and ball-sacks on.

Kevin Harley / Total Film

‘Deadpool 2’ throws everything it has at you until you throw your arms up in happy surrender.

Peter Travers / Rolling Stone

Far from lazy, it is a fairly brilliant sendup of comic-book action movies, as well as also being an excellent example of one.

Michael O’Sullivan / Washington Post

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.

Christopher Orr / The Atlantic

Will you be going to see Deadpool 2? Let us know in the comments.

Next, check out how critics reacted to Lars von Trier’s highly controversial ‘The House That Jack Built’ here.

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