Box art for G.I. Joe: Retaliation

  G.I. Joe: Retaliation

action & adventure, sci-fi & fantasy, thrillers

The greatest American Heroes are back and they've been set up to take the fall for a heinous crime they didn't commit.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

ON for kids age 13
4 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
2 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
2 out of 5
4 out of 5

Teens may like violent sequel, but it's too much for kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that G.I. Joe: Retaliation is the sequel to the much-maligned but financially successful G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, though it has many different characters (and, frankly, is far more entertaining, in a guilty-pleasure way). Like the first movie, Retaliation was inspired by the '80s cartoon/toy line and has constant (albeit minimally bloody/gory) action violence. Kids will likely want to see it because they're the ones who play with the toys, but there's a ton of fighting, punching, chasing, and explosions. And the city of London is systematically destroyed in one sequence, with apparently no consequences. A sexy female member of the team twice dresses in revealing clothing to distract men and get necessary information. She also undresses while a member of her team tries not to look. Language is limited to "hell" and "ass," though there are also two middle-finger gestures and one interrupted "mother-." While revenge is a running theme/motive, there are also messages about teamwork and characters learning to better themselves. Ultimately, because this sequel takes itself less seriously than the first movie did, it has a bit less edge and is a better fit for teens.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about G.I. Joe: Retaliation's violence. Do bloodless deaths have less impact than gorier ones?
  • It's also worth talking about the consumerism side of things. What do kids make of the fact that this is a movie based on a line of toys? Is the movie's goal to sell more toys? If not, what is it?
  • How does teamwork play into the movie? How well do these characters work together? How do their strengths and weaknesses mesh?
  • When Jaye uses her sex appeal to get information, what message does that send? How is using her body in this way different from using your body in a fight or a battle?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: To borrow from Jack in the Box, "G. I. Joe: Retaliation" is one hot mess.

- Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Thursday, March 28, 2013

Rotten: Ever played a video game with a friend and had to sit there while he hogged it, leaving you to do nothing but watch for what seemed like hours?

- Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, Thursday, March 28, 2013

Rotten: That's not to say that this G.I. Joe is good, aside from a couple of dazzling action set pieces, but at least it's efficient in its muscular mindlessness.

- Christy Lemire, Associated Press, Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Audience Reviews

1 star

The newest installment in the G.I. Joe franchise has plenty wrong with it. A boring story that loses its viewer, a waste of its best character, even Bruce Willis' presence was slightly wasted on what could've been an awesome cameo. Only some of the action sequences help the movie in any way. But the script was too bad to be ignored. Did Cobra Commander seriously just say 'You're out of the band' before dropping another baddie from his team? I mean, I sincerely hope that was supposed to be laughable.

- fb100001048934982, Saturday, April 13, 2013

3 stars

Action packed! Very good action movie! G.I. Joe: Retaliation is burdened by cleaning out the closet of the previous film's story-line. A terrorist group called Cobra have an operative impersonating The President and reeking havoc on the Joes and the world. A team of surviving Joes must clear their names and take down Cobra before its too late. Simple. Director Jon M. Chu seemed to have done his research on what failed in the first film and done research on the material in general. It shows in the little nuances Joe fans would notice. A faceplate for Cobra Commander, an Uzi for Snake Eyes, an Australian accent for Firefly, a blindfold for Jinx. Its those little things that show me he actually cares about the material and doesn't just want to use the property as a bridge to show off his directorial talent. It comes across that the Joes in this film seem to actually be capable soldiers with varying skills, the way the show was intended. That as apposed to the bumbling, excelerator suit wearing, dummies in the previous film. Men and women who seemed to be working for Maxwell Smart instead of the United States Armed Services. Overall, if you're looking for a fun night and a fun and entertaining film with awesome actors and visually great action sequences with a half-ass thin and predictable plot and low expectations, then see this. You wont be disappointed! Framed for crimes against the country, the G.I. Joe team is terminated by the President's order, and the surviving team members face off against Zartan, his accomplices, and the world leaders he has under his influence.

- xXGiNoBiLiPRXx, Wednesday, April 3, 2013

0 star

TESTOSTERONEEEEEEE! But seriously Bruce Willis needed more screentime. The ninjas were tacky and lame as usual and surprisingly? The action wasn't as good as I thought it'd be. Unsurprising note, the plot was one hell of a joke. It should be worth mentioning that there were some charming... "human" moments that the first film lacked but then they dropped the over-use of CGI and special effects that the first film had which I missed! I mean, when I pay for a GI Joe ticket I'm expecting Michael-Bay-Transformers-Visuals... I was disappointed to see them tone it all down. I think the very premise/concept of a GI Joe live-action movie is just.... incredibly hard to pull off without a proper script that seamlessly balances realism, charm and action. I wouldn't say impossible because somehow Marvel pulled it off with the Avengers. Bottom line? In a sea of shitty loud action movies I would choose the Transformers or The Expendables over this rubbish any day.

- fb535316333, Wednesday, April 3, 2013