Excerpts of select reviews of G.I. Joe: Retaliation: At times, G.I. Joe: Retaliation has a sense of its own ridiculousness — Pryce seems to be having a good time, anyway — but not enough to soften the mass death, hardware fetishism and militaristic zeal that gets in the way of its escapist fun. Adaptations of children’s toy lines apparently need to be treated with the utmost seriousness. 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. We are left with about a zillion individual plot lines to follow as the movie bounces from one global hot spot to another. There are countless characters — old and new — to keep up with. Grudges — also old and new — pile up by the truckloads. Bullets rain down. High-tech gizmos abound. Freedom and the fate of the entire world, of course, hang in the balance. It’s massive, all the retaliation and the world-saving stuff. And it’s convoluted. Frankly no one should have to think that hard to keep up with the Joes. The first one was a G.I. joke, but the sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation has enough hoo-ah to bring a satisfying blast of blockbustery summer to dreary March.