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Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)



Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 186
Fresh: 139 | Rotten: 47

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: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 41
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 12

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 (186) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (139) | Rotten (47)

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
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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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At its best, McKay and Ferrell's brand of homegrown American Dada can make you collapse laughing in your seat and cry uncle.

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

December 19, 2013 Full Review Source: 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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A worthy followup to the first film

August 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
Film School Rejects

The unscripted, off-the-cuff joshing between Ferrell and co-stars Paul Rudd, Steve Carell and David Koechner this time fails to come up with enough good jokes, though they do hit the occasional satirical bull's eye.

May 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

I can't imagine fans will come away disappointed with the amount of laughs to be had here. Stay unclassy, Ron Burgundy.

April 23, 2014 Full Review Source: Columbus Alive
Columbus Alive

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

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
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Audience Reviews for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

My favorite part of this movie was nothing.
July 29, 2014

Super Reviewer

What made the original "Anchorman" special, was the unexpected absurdity of it: the time period, the focus on gender politics, the inane and yet hilarious exploits of its news team. This sequel doesn't quite have the same edge, or at least the same unexpectedness of its predecessor. Most of the funny moments in this film aim to be silly instead of shocking. What really puts me off about this film is its inability to let jokes die out quickly, and instead goes far too long with gags. The sequel also casts out elements from the first film that remain fan favorites, included Baxter the dog, the banter between Ron and Veronica, and a reliability on its time period. This new film tries to bring commentary on news networks of today into its eighties' setting without any modicum of satire, instead relying on more gags. If this film had come out earlier, it probably would have been better suited. Now it's a little tired and egotistical. Still, that being said, at least Anchorman 2 knows what it is and revels in it with complete absurdity when possible, which is uncommon nowadays.
July 13, 2014

Super Reviewer

It's as funny and stupid as the original- and at least 10 times more random.
June 5, 2014
Nikhil N.
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Anchorman has become a victim of it's own hype and of oversized egos. I really liked the first film but most of the cast have been living off it but never bettering it ever since. I like its comment on the change of media style and the loss of real journalism but hardly anything was funny. Certain scenes, like when Ron Burgundy goes blind and when he visits a black family, are uncomfortably unfunny. Everyone tries too hard to emulate the greatness of the first film and in the end they all look like they're not trying hard enough. The overkill of cameos just goes to show how hard up for ideas they really are. I liked the scenes with Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig but that's about all.
May 10, 2014

Super Reviewer

    1. Ron Burgundy: Walter, listen to me. Life isn't a fairy tale, it's not a bunch of jumping rope and grabbing ass. It's complicated. What do you want to do with your life? What do you want to be when you grow up?
    2. Walter Burgundy: I want to be an astronaut or a cowboy!
    3. Ron Burgundy: You're never gonna be any of those, okay?
    4. Veronica Corningstone: Ron!
    5. Ron Burgundy: You've gotta set the bar a lot lower. Service industry, fry cook, prison guard. Maybe you're a lighting guy at a porn shoot. Which basically means you hold up a flashlight while adults do things.
    6. Veronica Corningstone: He is a child, Ron!
    7. Ron Burgundy: Nah, nah, nah, nah! He's got hair on his nugs. He's old enough to hear this.
    – Submitted by Matt R (5 months ago)
    1. Veronica Corningstone: I will lock you in a closet!
    – Submitted by Matt R (5 months ago)
    1. Ron Burgundy: Guess what, Trevor? Every morning I get here half an hour earlier and I sexually assault a starfish!
    – Submitted by Matt R (5 months ago)
    1. Ron Burgundy: Damn it Lupita, what have you've been doing up there? Eating nachos?
    – Submitted by Matt R (5 months ago)
    1. Brick Tamland: Hi, my name is Brick Tamland and I was dead last week.
    – Submitted by Matt R (5 months ago)
    1. Champ Kind: Whammy!
    – Submitted by Matt R (6 months ago)
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