It’s time to get excited, folks. ‘Deadpool 2‘ will hit theaters in just a few days on May 18, and several critics already had the pleasure of watching the film.
And now that they can share their thoughts online, we’re getting our first wave of reviews coming in. So far, 99 reviews have been counted on Rotten Tomatoes and 84 of those reviews are fresh, which means Deadpool 2 is currently sitting at a comfortable 85% rating.
Most critics say this sequel is grosser and “funnier overall” than the first film, but there are a few critics who claim the movie only shines when the main character is on the screen. They say the jokes grow old and with a runtime of 119 minutes, it can feel a bit long.
But let’s focus on the positive reviews:
Andrew Barker from Variety writes…
“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. It’s a film willing to throw everything — jokes, references, heads, blood, guts, and even a little bit of vomit — against the wall, rarely concerned about how much of it sticks. Plenty of it does, plenty doesn’t, and your enjoyment of the film will be entirely dependent on how willing you are to ignore the mess left behind.”
John DeFore from The Hollywood Reporter writes…
“With Reynolds’ charismatic irreverence at its core, the pic moves from bloody mayhem to lewd comedy and back fluidly, occasionally even making room to go warm and mushy. On the latter front, the filmmakers walk a fine line between embracing Deadpool’s mock-everything appeal and needing to make Wade a credible, emotional human. Whenever it threatens briefly to slip into corniness, though, the movie regains its balance.”
And finally Sara Stewart from The New York Post writes…
“In the most carefully vague of terms, I can report that the sequel to Reynolds’ raunchy, violent 2016 comedy succeeds at being bigger-scale and funnier, if lacking the novelty of the original’s gleeful irreverence. It’s also got a terrific blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo. If you’ve got comics-movie fatigue, with frequent fourth-wall breaks to point out lazy writing, blatant foreshadowing or heavy reliance on CGI for fight scenes, ‘Deadpool 2’ is here for you.”