Excerpt: Hit Girl was a classic case of a supporting character stealing the show — a supporting character who, by all rights, should have been the star. And now they’ve made a sequel, Kick-Ass 2, in which they made the same damn mistake again.
Excerpt: Like a Comic-Con cosplay event gone horribly wrong, this poor excuse for an action comedy has nothing to say beyond a few expletives and nothing to offer but a shocking lack of appreciation for its own awful irony.
Excerpt: Unlike the subversive satire of the first film – which asked if you should really be enjoying all the action violence – this one seems to revel in the over-the-top brutality; by the big action-packed finale, it has become the kind of superhero movie it originally set out to parody.
Excerpt: It lacks the confidence to double-down on what made the first effort appealing, choosing instead to walk the fence between responsibility and shock, and not really coming down effectively in either area.