Jeremy of The Daily Rotation wrote, "Jon Chu‘s long-delayed G.I. Joe reboot/sequel titled G.I. Joe: Retaliation is finally here, kicking out Channing Tatum (mostly) in exchange for Dwayne Johnson and a much more serious plot. Retaliation isn’t even occasionally a remotely fun movie like its predecessor, but it is a bit funnier in some areas and it at least features one strong performance. Aside from that it’s rather small action film that tries to kick start the blockbuster season and fails, with barely any of the giant scale action registering as anything more than crappy effects sequences that look no better than the latest war game for the PS3 or 360."