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Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991)

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Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 3

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Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey find the two obtuse pals battling The Grim Reaper, God, robots, great philosophical questions, and girls -- although not necessarily in that order. In this loose parody of the Terminator movies, directed by Peter Hewitt, the ultimate has happened -- at Bill and Ted University of the future, for many years now the people of the world have been "excellent to each other." But fed-up with Bill and Ted's peaceful world and even more fed up with heavy metal, the evil De

Dec 4, 2001

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[The] filmmakers might have gotten more mileage if they'd rooted their adventure a bit more in reality.

June 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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For those who appreciate dude-speak and bozo humor, this is a very funny film.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A riot of visual invention and weird humor that works on its chosen sub-moronic level, and on several others as well...

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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It's hard not to appreciate two guys who can invest a cry of "Whoa!" with such pure ecstasy and who think that Joan of Arc is Noah's wife.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Funnier and livelier than the original.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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A masterpiece of stupid.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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An anarchic motion picture, but reveals triumphant originality -- a sublime daredevil of a film that authentically assumes a great deal of risk. Not many sequels can lay claim to that.

July 20, 2011 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com
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Slackers meet Satan in not-quite-so-excellent adventure.

December 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Mostly disappointing results.

June 23, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Has there ever been a more perfect role for Keanu Reeves than floppy-haired, dim-brained high school slacker Ted "Theodore" Logan?

December 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Comments (3)
Arizona Daily Star

...the various elements that made Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure such an unexpected delight are almost entirely absent here.

July 16, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

awash in weird humor and outlandish gags

April 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

strained but goofy fun

July 11, 2004
Shadows on the Wall

Its best moments make up for its more mediocre ones.

June 29, 2004
New Times

More mindless airhead time-traveling fun. The hilarious William Sadler gives the best portrayal of Death since Bengt Ekerot in THE SEVENTH SEAL.

March 21, 2003
eFilmCritic.com

EXCELLENT! (But not quite as EXCELLENT! as the first.)

February 5, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

Worth seeing if only for the scene in which Bill & Ted play 'Battleship' with Death.

January 27, 2003
San Francisco Examiner

Diverting nonsense

August 21, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Doesn't eclipse the original, but the dorky charm is still there ... plus it's got William Sadler's immortal turn as Death.

July 26, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

One of the most worthwhile sequels of recent years, maybe funnier than the original as it intelligently expands the potential for the surreal and it ties up all the loose ends managing, quite remarkably, to give pointlessness a purpose.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Silly, sophomoric and very weird. Or, in Bill and Ted's vocabulary, it's lame, scorched and egregious.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Audience Reviews for Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey

The Bill and Ted we know came to an end as soon as this film started. The time travel was pretty much forgotten for most of the movie, the humour is told mostly through robots who don't even seem like robots, and the plot of having them die, journey through the afterlife, and return to kill their robot selves is a very pointless premise that did not make me laugh much. The first film felt very original while watching it, but this film is not even a rehash, it is an attempt at a rehash that fell flat. Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter may have the same loveable chemistry that they had during the first, but by the end of the film, that is really the only thing memorable. The only scene I enjoyed was the end which finally made good use of time travel and had some funny jokes. "Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey" is a serious downgrade in comedy. This film is most unfunny!
April 18, 2012
KJ Proulx

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After the terrific Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, we have this sequel that is just as good as the original. Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter reprise their roles as Bill & Ted. This sequel has a good story; some laugh out loud moments and is very entertaining. This is a well made comedy that is very good. Considering that usually sequels to comedy films are fairly mediocre, this one is good. The cast here are great and Bill & Ted are just as funny as usual. For a sequel, this is a very good attempt at delivering a laugh out loud comedy. Yes, there are things that could've been done better, but for what it is; Bill & Ted's Bogus Adventure is terrific comedy that will appeal to fans of the first. This is a fun sequel and is one of the better comedic sequels to in the genre. Usually sequels fails to capture what was special about the first, but Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey knows how to deliver something refreshing while keeping the core of what made the first film so good. Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey is an entertaining film that provides all the usual antics from the duo. This is an entertaining sequel and is a lot of fun. The film is much better than most comedic sequels. The film may be imperfect, but it has enough good elements going for it to make it a good sequel, better than most.
October 17, 2011
TheDudeLebowski65
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Not as good as the first movie, but it is somewhat interesting and entertaining.
April 24, 2011
ajv2688

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Bill & Ted are killed by their robot duplicates sent by an evil mastermind in the future but enlist the aid of Death and alien scientists to return from the grave save the babes. I loved Bill & Ted back in the day and this deliberately ridiculous sequel is full of the same mix of bonehead humour and knowing parody of popular culture. Reeves and Winter are as likeable as ever as the heroic dimwits, but this film belongs to William Sadler's Seventh Seal style grim reaper and every moment he's on the screen is comedy gold. It's pretty much the usual teen humour you'd expect but the time travel spin and escapades in Heaven and Hell give plenty of room for a slew of funny gags and the whole thing is still a lot of fun. If you were never into metal as a teen it may go over (or probably more accurately, under) your head, but it's one of the few examples of comedy that's very much of its time that has also stood the test of it. Station!
February 8, 2011
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    1. Grim Reaper: [to God] They Melvined me.
    – Submitted by Francis L (2 years ago)
    1. Station: Station!
    – Submitted by Francis L (2 years ago)
    1. Bill S. Preston / Evil Bill / Granny Preston: [Dead Bill] Ted?
    2. Ted "Theodore" Logan: [Dead Ted] What?
    3. Bill S. Preston / Evil Bill / Granny Preston: [Dead Bill] Don't "Fear the Reaper"! [both of them do an air guitar]
    4. Grim Reaper: I heard that.
    – Submitted by Francis L (2 years ago)
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