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Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)



Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 183
Fresh: 137 | Rotten: 46

It's just as uneven and loosely structured as the first Anchorman -- and while Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues may not be quite as quotable, it's nearly as funny as its predecessor.


Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 38
Fresh: 27 | Rotten: 11

It's just as uneven and loosely structured as the first Anchorman -- and while Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues may not be quite as quotable, it's nearly as funny as its predecessor.



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With the 70's behind him, San Diego's top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), returns to the news desk in "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues." Also back for more are Ron's co-anchor and wife, Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), weather man Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), man on the street Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) and sports guy Champ Kind (David Koechner) - All of whom won't make it easy to stay classy...while taking the nation's first 24-hour news channel by storm. (c) Paramount



Will Ferrell, Adam McKay

Apr 1, 2014


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All Critics (183) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (137) | Rotten (46)

Worth a watch despite occasional laugh-free stretches ...

December 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Slate
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The whole thing goes down like a second, giant tumbler of scotchy scotch scotch: familiar, comforting and, ultimately, numbing.

December 19, 2013 Full Review Source:
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Wine connoisseurs would call this a new Burgundy with an old bouquet.

December 19, 2013 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine
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This is the kind of movie where most people know what they want and are pretty sure what they will get, that being "more of the same, please."

December 19, 2013 Full Review Source:
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Too much of a good thing isn't always a good thing, especially if you don't think the good thing was so good in the first place.

December 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor
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The jokes are more weird than funny, and Ferrell and Carell, never the most subtle of performers, labor to put them across by bellowing, howling, and screeching.

December 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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It goes on a bit longer than it probably needs to, but the humor hits more than it misses, resulting in only a few sluggish places in a film that otherwise pays its audience's desire to revel in nonstop absurdity with just a dash of genuine social satire

April 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Anchorman 2-2 extracts, objectively, 20 percent more of a viewer's lifespan than its fleeter ancestor did, and certainly it does not feel, subjectively, like 20 percent richer an experience.

March 3, 2014 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

Brevity is a friend to McKay, but as experimentations go, reworking known elements to manufacture a new perspective on all the monkey business, and the "Super-Sized R-Rated Version" remains a mirthful and mischievous vision.

February 28, 2014 Full Review Source:

Burgundy's earnest manly stupidity is a sure-fire laugh-getter and while he's off on his own a lot more this time around, his news team remains convincing both as his buddies and as different varieties of total idiots.

February 13, 2014 Full Review Source: The Vine
The Vine

A hulking, Rob Ford-like movie; a lazy, drunken-stupor mess. The non-comedy includes Burgundy telling his ex she's 'like a mentally ill whore having PMS from the 1800s.' Slapdash, flat, bloated (119 min.) and gratingly full of its own white-power bulls**t

February 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Fittingly, it all climaxes with a cacophonous, cameo-filled brawl between anchor teams from increasingly esoteric cable-TV territories.

February 5, 2014 Full Review Source: SF Weekly
SF Weekly

A distressingly underwhelming sequel...

January 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

I laughed more than a few times, but for every joke that hits, there's at least one that misses.

January 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

The movie works the borderland that connects the satirical and the surreal; the humor is scattershot but sometimes laugh-out-loud hilarious.

January 13, 2014 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Anchorman 2 is louder, sillier and vastly more absurd than its now cult predecessor, but it's also longer, so when those less successful sequences miss the mark it feels like there are yawning chasms between laughs instead of beats.

January 10, 2014 Full Review Source: 2UE That Movie Show
2UE That Movie Show

I'm actually surprised that a major film studio (Paramount) would thumb their nose so openly at the competition (Fox). Good on them. They've got balls.

January 7, 2014 Full Review Source: The Aristocrat
The Aristocrat

'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues' is even cleverer and more outrageous than its predecessor.

January 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

McKay and Ferrell keep the jokes naughty not dirty and flying for shrapnel accuracy; many miss, but when one hits it counts.

January 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay Times

...has just enough curlicues of silliness.

January 4, 2014 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm

All of the returning actors are funny and strong, with Rudd's Brian Fantana a standout. New guest stars, including Kristen Wiig, James Marsden and Harrison Ford shine just as bright as the story's regular cast members.

January 3, 2014 Full Review Source: MediaMikes

Ferrell and McKay were so determined to tell new Burgundy jokes that they didn't appear to care what they were about or whether they were any good.

January 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Grantland

A velvet suit, trim moustached, salon quality haired, barely solid sequel to a comedy classic.

January 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

Funny, messy sequel offers the best and the worst of movie comedy

January 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

It would have been nice to have seen more of the rest of the cast, particularly the other members of the news team, but Ferrell does a great job of carrying what ends up being a fairly lengthy main narrative.

January 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
Fan The Fire

Both series veterans and newcomers alike able to wring laughs from whatever whims Ferrell and McKay throw at them, and that's ultimately the bottom line.

January 1, 2014 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

It's as funny and stupid as the original- and at least 10 times more random.
April 15, 2014
Nikhil N.
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Perhaps suffering at the hands of its' own hype, this sequel can't help but feel bogged down. The jokes now feel too forced to be as funny as they used to be, but 'Anchorman 2' still provides plenty of big laughs. With comedic firepower like Ferrell, Carell, and Rudd, you always have a shot at making a hilarious film. Bigger and bolder doesn't always mean better, as anyone can clearly see here.
April 9, 2014
Kase Vollebregt

Super Reviewer

The news team is back and better than ever in a sequel that is damn near as good as the first one. An outrageously funny and endlessly enjoyable comedy that just delivers even more big laughs, insane imagination and bigger stars. After ten years we finally get the sequel we have been waiting for and it was worth the wait. Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell and David Koechner are an absolute blast, they have never been funnier and show they still are the best news team around. James Marsden is terrific. Harrison Ford is excellent, its great seeing him in a comedy like this and the stars don't end with them. Its two hours of pure fun.
April 8, 2014

Super Reviewer

Loved the first one. Didn't so much love this one. There were a few laugh out loud moments, but the rest of the movie's lameness erased those. What a shame..
April 7, 2014

Super Reviewer

    1. Champ Kind: Whammy!
    – Submitted by Matt R (26 days ago)
    1. Ron Burgundy: I'm going to have sex with a black woman!
    – Submitted by Matt R (26 days ago)
    1. Ron Burgundy: It's a new superhero named Lace-Man.
    – Submitted by Zack M (51 days ago)
    1. Ron Burgundy: No offense, but you're a stupid asshole!
    – Submitted by Scott W (2 months ago)
    1. Brian Fantana: Ron, how many times have you smoked crack?
    2. Ron Burgundy: Just that one time, and one other time too. Ok, I've done it six more times.
    – Submitted by Scott W (2 months ago)
    1. Brick Tamland: I can always guess how many jelly beans are in a jelly bean jar, even if I'm wrong.
    – Submitted by Jackson M (3 months ago)
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