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Rebecca Murray’s “‘Kick-Ass 2’ Movie Review” Mistakes Indignation for Criticism

In response to Rebecca Murray’s 378‑word review of Kick-Ass 2 on

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If you read a movie review to get an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of a movie in order to make an informed decision as to whether or not it’s worth your while, steer Clear of Rebecca Murray’s “‘Kick-Ass 2’ Movie Review,” an exercise in professional finger wagging.

Attacking her subject with the level of subtlety and wit that is usually reserved for software patents or corporate memos on workplace discrimination, Murray uses the entirety of her review to express her dismay at the movie for being an “utterly nasty disappointment” and an “angry, violent mess.”

She praises Jim Carrey for refusing to promote the movie on moral grounds, perhaps forgetting that he has not refused a penny of the money he made for participating in it.

On the subject of anything besides how much Kick-Ass 2 made her feel yucky inside, Murray says exactly nothing. The usual considerations of aspects such as plot or performance are left to the reader’s imagination. At least there’s no worry about potential spoilers. That’s about the best thing I can say about this tedious, humorless bore.

The review itself is less than 400 words long, and thank goodness for that, because even at that length it felt like an eternity reading it. Stay far away from “‘Kick-Ass 2’ Movie Review,” one of this year’s least pleasant pieces of film criticism.    

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