Back to the Future Part II Reviews
July 21, 2014
Some of the magic is gone but the sequel to the superior first Back to the Future provides enough laughs and tense situations to keep us hooked. Unfortunately, it becomes less about its story as it does about its characters.
June 25, 2007
Around as good as the first. I never LOVED them but there a fun time waster
July 15, 2014
My favorite movie of all time, because this goes for more sci-fi because they are going to the future and everything is more futuristic which is what sci-fi should be and this one is much more light hearted, and i'm not putting the first of down in any way I just am saying I like this one a little more
July 12, 2014
I remember seeing this one in the theater. My dad took us during Thanksgiving break in 1989. It was a simpler time. A time when I truly thought hover-boards were going to come into existence. A time when 2015 seemed so far away. And now, well...it's not. And there are no hover-boards. There are no flying cars. There are no self-drying jackets.
Back to the Future II didn't get much about the future right, but it did have a lot of cool ideas. When the movie came out, it was my favorite BTTF film. Maybe it was the look into the "future", maybe it was the darker tone of the film, but I absolutely loved it. 25 years later...meh.
All the future stuff seems really forced. I don't think Bob Gale or Bob Zemeckis ever meant to make a sequel to the original, let alone 2 sequels. In fact, the Bobs are on record as saying that the whole thing with Doc Brown saying "there has to be something done about your kids" at the end of part 1 was all just a joke. But unfortunately they kind of painted themselves into a corner when Universal said they wanted a sequel. They HAD to start from where Part 1 left off. Hence all the crappy future scenes in part II.
But luckily, the movie gets better once all the future silliness is over with. The Biff "revisionist" 1985 is kind of cool in it's bleakness. It was pretty gutsy to kill off George McFly too (even if it had more to do with contract negotiations going sour). But the movie really gets going in its 3rd act.
We get to see something that's never been done before (or since). When Marty and Doc head back (again) to 1955, we get to see part 1 from a whole new perspective. The whole forward in time, then back in time, then back in time (again) can get a little confusing, but the way it's shot make it fun to watch. And if you've seen the 1st one a few times like I have, the revisiting of certain scenes will make you nostalgic for the original movie.
And THAT'S where this film shines. The "re-making" of the original movie in the sequel is the best part about it. And then you realize that you just could of watched the 1st movie and be done with all the shenanigans.
But that's the old guy in me talking. The movie really is a great lead-up to the third and final chapter. Without #2, there couldn't have been a #3, and the third one manages to actually be a really great film in its own right. But that's another movie for another day. My overall opinion: not a bad movie, just not a great one either.
July 10, 2014
brilliant second part to one of the greatest trilogys of all time
July 6, 2014
Fun, funny, and with the fantastic soundtrack from the first movie.
May 25, 2014
A very fun sequel that completely lacks the character development of the first film but retains a great deal of the comedy and a slight amount of the moral message. The plot is even more fun this time around, taking place in three time different time periods.
June 19, 2007
Remembered more for its depiction of a colorful levitating future than for its actual film qualities, this movie is fun, bright, and lacks the quality of the first film.
June 11, 2014
Entertaining, but the compactness of the first film is gone, as well as the simplicity.
June 7, 2014
Broader and more daring than its predecessor, Back to the Future Part II ultimately succeeds on its delivery and is one of the most memorable films of the 1980s.
January 6, 2008
A sequel that proves that more often than not, more is not always better. Its over-the-top plotting and outrageous production design - not to mention one very confusing storyline - bog down this retread of the superior original.
February 1, 2006
How can you not love this?!
May 29, 2014
even funnier than the first
May 28, 2014
The second of the Back to the Future trilogy goes haywire!!! With a visit to 2015, a mix-up in 1985 and a re-visiting of 1955, this installment is by far the funniest of the three to me. Love seeing Doc Brown's role getting expanded and more of Thomas Wilson as evil Biff Tannen. A super hilarious film that is fun for everyone!!!
May 21, 2014
.... so the future part of this takes place next year. should be interesting to see what 2015 is actually like compared to this movie lol!
May 3, 2014
weaker than the first, but still worth a view.
September 3, 2013
Being darker and sadly not nearly as fun as the first, Part II's main problem is that most jokes come off the first film, which makes it feel like there is a better film going on in exactly the same time and place. Thankfully the Marty/Doc duo means its still very entertaining.
January 20, 2011
The 1985 Back to the Future had a warmth and intelligence to it, but Part II bombards us with so much action and so many gizmos, bad makeup effects, and sheer wackiness that we're left cold and dazed.
April 14, 2014
Is it as good as the first one? No. However, it is just as entertaining and is still a beloved by many.
April 10, 2014
Good sequel to a hardly improvable first part. The story directly ties in with its predecessor, so don't waste time to see it. Especially the plot twists and the 'What-would-be-if'-scenario make this a highly interesting addition to the franchise. Maybe some of its ideas of 2015 seem miles away, but that's what science fiction is all about.