Back to the Future Part II (1989) - Rotten Tomatoes

Back to the Future Part II (1989)



Critic Consensus: Back to the Future II is far more uneven than its predecessor, but its madcap highs outweigh the occasionally cluttered machinations of an overstuffed plot.

Movie Info

Things have barely settled from the excitement and resolve of the original Back to the Future, when in pops that crazy inventor Dr. Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd) with news that in order to prevent a series of events that could ruin the McFly name for posterity, Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox ) and his girlfriend are whisked into the future to the year 2015, where Marty must tangle with a teen rogue named Griff, who's obviously the descendant of Biff, the first Future film's bully. Marty foils Griff and his group when he jumps on an air-foil skateboard that flies him through town at rakish speeds with the loser bullies beaten again. Marty gets a money-making brainstorm before hopping in the time-traveling DeLorean, and he purchases a sports almanac. He figures that back in 1985 he'll be able to place sure-fire bets using the published sports scores of the games that are yet to happen. Unfortunately for Marty, Dr. Brown disapproves of his betting scheme -- he feels too much messing with time is very dangerous -- and he tosses the almanac. A hidden Biff overhears the discussion about the almanac, sees it get tossed out, and grabs it. Thus begins a time-traveling swirl to make the head spin. Biff swipes the DeLorean, heads back to 1955, and with the help of the unerring almanac, bets his way to power. The now-altered "Biff world" has turned into a nightmarish scene with Biff the mogul, residing in a Vegas-styled pleasure palace and running everything. It's all our hero Marty can do to pull the pieces together this time, as he must jump between three generations of intertwined time travel. The end of Back to the Future, Part 2 introduces its sequel as the zany professor has already time-dashed away to the Wild West of the late 1800s and invites Marty into a new adventure. ~ Rovimore
Rating: PG (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 17, 2002
Universal Pictures


Michael J. Fox
as Marty McFly
Christopher Lloyd
as Dr. Emmett Brown
Lea Thompson
as Lorraine
Thomas F. Wilson
as Biff Tannen/Griff Ta...
Joe Flaherty
as Western Union Man
Harry Waters Jr.
as Marvin Berry
James Tolkan
as Strickland
as Needles
Jeffrey Weissman
as George McFly
J.J. Cohen
as Skinhead
Jay Koch
as Ronald Reagan
Casanova E. Evans
as Michael Jackson
Charles Gherardi
as Ayatollah Khomeini
Charles F. Fitzsimmo...
as Biff Photo Double
Lloyd L. Tolbert
as Starlighter [1955]
Judy Ovitz
as Anitque Store Salesw...
Marty Levy
as Cab Driver
Jim Ishida
as Fujitsu
Rick Logan
as Data [2015]
Elijah Wood
as Video Game Boy, Mick...
John Thornton
as Video Game Boy
Theo Schwartz
as Hoverboard Girl
Neil Ross
as Museum Narrator
Lindsey Barry
as Hoverboard Girl
John Erwin
as Radio Sportscaster
Wesley Mann
as CPR Kid
as Einstein
Kevin Holloway
as Marty Photo Double
Charles F. Fitzsimon...
as Biff Photo Double
Crispin Glover
as George McFly in foot...
Tamara Carrera
as Jacuzzi Girl
Tracy D'Aldia
as Jacuzzi Girl
Irina Cashen
as Baseball Kid
Angela Greenblatt
as Baseball Kid
Cameron Moore
as Baseball Kid
Justin Mosley Spink
as Baseball Kid
David Harold Brown
as Starlighter
Tommy Lee Thomas
as Starlighter
Jennifer Brown
as Baseball Kid
James Ishida
as Fujitsu
Show More Cast

News & Interviews for Back to the Future Part II

Critic Reviews for Back to the Future Part II

All Critics (60) | Top Critics (14)

While the funny-bone is being gently tickled, the eye is constantly diverted. Unfortunately, and I find this true of every Zemeckis movie, neither the mind nor the heart is ever fully engaged.

Full Review… | October 22, 2015
Top Critic

A surprisingly oppressive, rapid-fire, noisy, gadget-filled action picture lacking the emotion of the original film.

Full Review… | June 29, 2015
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

The most important point is that the new film is fun.

Full Review… | June 29, 2015
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Fans of the original should relish going back to Back to the Future.

Full Review… | June 29, 2015
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Glum, claustrophobic and often oppressive.

Full Review… | June 29, 2015
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Another fantastic voyage in a thoroughly entertaining contraption.

Full Review… | June 29, 2015
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Back to the Future Part II

Very futuristic and broad in direction, Back to the Future Part II is adventurous, even though it doesn't compare to the impact the first installment provided. Fox and Lloyd once again partner up and make a great team in Zemeckis' sci-fi picture. 4/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

Excellent part two to the triology. Doc takes Marty into the future to save Marty's kids, but they end up in a different parallel life due to Biff changing history back in 1950s. So they have to go back in time. Exciting ride, full of adventure. Doc gets lost in the past.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

The second part to the Back to the Future trilogy is more confusing, cheesy, and hokey than the first one (especially the aging make-up), but it's still lots of fun. It's future scenes are definitely clunky, and are probably the most confusing of all the scenes in the movie. But when they have fun, so do we, and that's the whole point of this second part.

Raymond Wieser
Raymond Wieser

Super Reviewer

Back to the Future Part II Quotes

– Submitted by Mae M (2 months ago)
– Submitted by James W (20 months ago)
– Submitted by Matthew D (2 years ago)
– Submitted by Matthew D (2 years ago)

Discussion Forum

Discuss Back to the Future Part II on our Movie forum!