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Reviews: Magic Mike XXL (2015)

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  • José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Peñazo insostenible que ni siquiera satisfará demasiado a quienes sólo quieran disfrutar de los trozos de carne protagonistas moviendo el esqueleto. Porque esta secuela es tan aburrida, está tan mal planteada y tiene tan poco sentido que aburre desde que arranca.
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: If Soderbergh’s original — inspired by the “male entertainer” days of star/producer Channing Tatum — seemed a throwback to the Tom Cruise movies of the ‘80s (I’m thinking specifically of movies like ‘Cocktail,’ ‘Top Gun,’ ‘The Color of Money,’ and ‘Days of Thunder,’ whose basic premises were all: “Tom Cruise is the world’s best _____”), ‘XXL’ most closely recalls a heist movie, in which a gang of thieves gets back together for one last score. In fact, it bears an uncanny resemblance to Soderbergh’s own (divisive) 2004 film ‘Ocean’s 12,’ reassembling the old crew under sketchy auspices for a more leisurely and occasionally expectation-confounding follow-up.
  • Chris Barsanti @ PopMatters
    • Excerpt: …a playful, good-natured fantasy for both those creating it and those watching it.
  • Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
  • [New – 1/7/16] | Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: As I watched this movie and reflected upon the other big female fantasy movie of 2015 – “Fifty Shades of Grey” – I had to wonder what is wrong with the women seeing these movies?
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Instead of being treated to Tatum’s incredible dancing, we’re bludgeoned with simulated sex acts and American Idol auditions,the only set pieces of note both having appeared in the film’s trailer.
  • Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog
    • Excerpt: Very much the Aliens of stripper movies, in that it takes a relatively minor element of its predecessor and makes it the focal point of its story. (This also offers the tantalising possibility that the third film will end with Channing Tatum sacrificing himself while dancing to Ginuwine.)
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: In the first film, stripping was something from which Mike needed to escape. In the sequel, it’s inescapable.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Sleazy, sybaritic, yet surprisingly sweet sequel, revolving around a troupe of male strippers who are determined to elevate women’s self-esteem…
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Yes the narrative is a merely (ahem) skin deep examination of this lifestyle, but it’s still a better movie than it has any right to be.
  • Travis Hopson @ Punch Drunk Critics
    • Excerpt: There are plenty of peaking pecs and gyrating hips for those who are looking for it, and actually in this case these scenes are far more indulgent.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: A cringe-worthy jamboree of dimbulb manflesh that’s even more embarrassing than the first film.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: There are more believable characters in Jurassic World and I’m not talking about the humans
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Thinner than a G-string but entertaining in an episodic road-trip sort of way.
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • Dan Lybarger @ ArkansasOnline.com
    • Excerpt: If the old “Hey, kids, let’s put on a show!” MGM musicals that starred Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland featured disrobing and a few moves that make twerking look mild, they might resemble Magic Mike XXL.
  • Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
    • Excerpt: XXL isn’t quite as psychologically curious as the original, but it certainly delivers a good time for both genders. (You heard me right, fellas.)
  • Jason McKiernan @ Next Projection
    • Excerpt: …a nebulous, random piece of episodic performance art.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Student Edge
  • Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
  • João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: You don’t expect a film about male strippers to have much depth or insight into character. But Magic Mike had exactly that, and XXL has even more.
  • Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Little more than a slapdash woman’s wish-fulfillment fantasy–in which male entertainers bare their all for their pleasure–that embodies a man’s wish-fulfillment one, in which their jiggling and shaking sets women a-flutter.
  • Sarah Ward @ artsHub
Updated: January 7, 2016 — 9:45 pm
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