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83
The idea of a secret world of professional killers adhering to a set of civilized conventions may sound absurd, but it's what makes the Wickverse more intriguing and far richer than the usual numbskull orgy of cinematic nihilism.
83
As relentless, eager-to-please genre filmmaking goes, it marks the rare occasion where too much of a good thing is just good enough.
80
There's a quality to the violence here that elevates it above the literal (and reprehensible) nihilism of movies like last year's “Hardcore Henry,” and instead achieves something more akin to dance.
80
What a stupendously entertaining ride it is. Director and former stuntman Chad Stahelski is back in the director's chair, and he knows his craft inside out: every punch lands hard, every gunshot roars like thunder.
80
Empire
A brutal, bruising bullet ballet of a sequel that builds upon the promise of the original.
80
Once again, Reeves does not disappoint, fully inhabiting Wick by channeling his rage over life's injustices into an intensely focused performance.
75
The Playlist
John Wick: Chapter 2 doesn't mess with a good thing, expanding the setting as sequels are obligated to do, while firmly sticking to the foundations of what makes the action series such pure popcorn pleasure.
70
This new film doesn't have the emotional grounding of the original, and it probably dwells too long explaining things we never cared about. But it's still a visceral, cathartic and - most important - gorgeous two hours of kinetic, poetic bloodshed.
70
John Wick's world is elegant and vicious, full of slaughter and courtesies and, if “Chapter 2” can't quite replicate the original's sense of discovery, its ending still made me wish “Chapter 3” could start right away.
40
If you loved the original movie, you might not care so much about being given warmed-over seconds. Otherwise, this Wick has burned itself out.

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