Retaliation is less a sequel than an antidote to the calcified mound of crap that ostensibly inspired it. Richard Corliss,TIME Magazine
The filmmakers appear to have handed a dozen or so G.I. Joe dolls to a 9-year-old, watched him play for 110 minutes, and then shot a scene-for-scene remake. Peter Hartlaub,San Francisco Chronicle
What a blast G.I. Joe: Retaliation is! And then another blast, and another, in a series of concussive jolts that shred any conventional sense of story as thoroughly as anything since the last Michael Bay film. Liam Lacey,Globe and Mail
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03/28 @ 12:00 AM
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. Mark Jenkins,NPR
There should be a Fans Only sign at the door of every theater. Neil Genzlinger,New York Times
I won't pretend that I had a great time watching G.I. Joe: Retaliation. Joe Morgenstern,Wall Street Journal
Ever played a video game with a friend and had to sit there while he hogged it, leaving you to do nothing but watch for what seemed like hours? Bill Goodykoontz,Arizona Republic
Good luck recalling any other would-be set pieces a couple of days after you've seen Retaliation. Tom Russo,Boston Globe
People may flock to G.I. Joe: Retaliation despite its inert illogic. But don't say you weren't warned. As a wise man once said, knowing is half the battle. Stephanie Merry,Washington Post
To borrow from Jack in the Box, G. I. Joe: Retaliation is one hot mess. Betsy Sharkey,Los Angeles Times
Like a Dumpster bin behind Tiffany's, this contains nothing but well-packaged garbage. Richard Roeper,Chicago Sun-Times
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03/27 @ 12:00 AM
A more sure-footed shoot-'em-up that finds some heart, wit and perhaps enough momentum to spawn a formidable action franchise. Scott Bowles,USA Today
Everything in G.I. Joe: Retaliation is perfunctory - technically proficient but soulless. It's not exciting. It's boring. James Berardinelli,ReelViews
It's well-executed technocratic action fluff. But it did leave me buzzed rather than drained. Owen Gleiberman,Entertainment Weekly
That's not to say that this G.I. Joe is good, aside from a couple of dazzling action set pieces, but at least it's efficient in its muscular mindlessness. Christy Lemire,Associated Press
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. Joe Neumaier,New York Daily News
It's like a giant explosion on a distant planet, observed but not felt. Peter Howell,Toronto Star
G.I. Joe: Retaliation has enough hoo-ah to bring a satisfying blast of blockbustery summer to dreary March. Kyle Smith,New York Post
As for plot and character development, well, um ... did I mention the picture has a lot of guns? Soren Anderson,Seattle Times
The junky pleasures of the first installment now just seem like junk in this noisy, nonsensical, lead-footed sequel. Rafer Guzman,Newsday
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. Alan Scherstuhl,Village Voice
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. Michael Phillips,Chicago Tribune
New news article added from SlashFilm.
06/05/2012 @ 5:00 PM
‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’ Director Says Release Delay is For 3D Conversion Only
What's the real story behind the delay of Paramount's G.I. Joe: Retaliation? Ever since the studio abruptly pushed the film to March 2013, just weeks before the planned opening later this month, there have been rumors about bad test screening reactions and a studio desire for more Channing Tatum. We know the film is being ...