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‘Grown Ups 2’: What the Critics are Saying

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Critics have not gone easy on the Adam Sandler comedy, despite box office predictions in the $40 millions for opening weekend. Here’s what some critics are saying about the sequel to 2010 hit “Grown Ups”:

“It’s juvenile, it’s obvious and it’s crass. But with Sandler at the helm, at least it’s as easy to like as it is to forget.”

-Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News

“‘Grown Ups 2’ looks like it was a lot of fun to make. And the last laugh is on us.”

-Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times

“Among the slackest, laziest, least movie-like movies released by a major studio in the last decade, Grown Ups 2 is perhaps the closest Hollywood has yet come to making “Ow! My Balls!” seem like a plausible future project.”

-Andrew Barker, Variety

“It’s a bad movie, too, just old-school bad, the kind that’s merely lousy and not an occasion for migraines or night sweats.”

-Mick La Salle, San Francisco Chronicle

“The movie lurches from one gross-out scene to another, flipping the bird at continuity and logic.”

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-Sara Stewart, New York Post

“The obvious amount of hard work that went into this out-of-touch sequel is partly what makes it so irritating.”

-Chris Cabin, Slant Magazine

“Nobody escapes untainted by the foul stench of ‘Grown Ups 2.'”

-Connie Ogle, Miami Herald

“In the first five minutes, a deer walks into the star’s bedroom and urinates on his face. It’s all downhill from there.”

-Matt Patches, Time Out New York

“A few decent one-liners notwithstanding, the movie comes off as willfully uninspired,”

-Nick Schager, Village Voice

“An average Adam Sandler comedy, which, sadly, means it’s a below-average comedy”

-Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times

One of the few fans was Entertainment Weekly‘s Owen Gleiberman, who said:

“In certain ways, ‘Grown Ups 2’ marks a return to classically Sandlerian infantile anarchy.”

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