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The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day (2009)

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Average Rating: 4.1/10
Reviews Counted: 44
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 34

This sequel to the cult favorite The Boondock Saints is more of the same -- unoriginal, absurd, violent, over-the-top, and occasionally mean-spirited.

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Average Rating: 3.8/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 16

This sequel to the cult favorite The Boondock Saints is more of the same -- unoriginal, absurd, violent, over-the-top, and occasionally mean-spirited.

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"The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day" is the continuation of the saga of the MacManus brothers. The two have been in deep hiding with their father, Il Duce, in the quiet valleys of Ireland, far removed from their former vigilante lives. When word comes that a beloved priest has been killed by sinister forces from deep within the mob, the brothers return to Boston to mount a violent and bloody crusade to bring justice to those responsible. With a new partner in crime and a sexy FBI operative

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Troy Duffy

Mar 9, 2010

$10.2M

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The plot is an afterthought, the performances given with a wink and a clip-emptying flourish.

November 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Comment (1)
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Imagine Quentin Tarantino if he got his brow lowered.

November 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Comments (4)
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Bold prediction: At his current glacial pace of progress, Troy Duffy is likely to write and direct the great Irish-American payback movie sometime in the year 2049.

November 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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It's as if writer/director Troy Duffy threw every idea he had at the wall, creating a very messy wall.

November 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Comments (5)
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Writer-director Troy Duffy needs to YouTube himself a new idea or two, because his variations on themes provided by Quentin Tarantino and Guy "RocknRolla" Ritchie are pure mold.

November 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Comments (4)
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Can you fly forward through the air while firing two heavy-duty handguns without your arms jerking back and smacking you in the chin? Would that violate one of Newton's laws? Just askin'.

November 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comments (27)
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Forget the mob, the MacManus brothers should be more worried about Duffy ruining their reputation.

August 14, 2010 Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com
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[Norman] Reedus pretty much captures the entire film with his signature line: "Let's do some gratuitous violence."

March 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Seanax.com | Comment (1)
Seanax.com

For fans of the original underground hit, the sequel we were all wishing for has arrived.

December 24, 2009 Full Review Source: MovieCrypt.com | Comments (6)
MovieCrypt.com

"There's not a bigger '**** you!' from Hollywood than when they say: 'Eh, we're not going to release this film,'" "The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day" star Sean Patrick Flanery said in an interview.

December 8, 2009 Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com
HollywoodChicago.com

If you liked the original "The Boondock Saints," you won't want to miss this one.

November 29, 2009 Full Review | Comments (2)
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Idiotic style over some sorely needed substance....comes across cringingly rusty; a glorified fan film that only manages to make the popularity of the original picture all the more bewildering.

November 25, 2009 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com
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It would be a disservice of an almost, you will pardon the expression, sinful nature to mistake it for anything deep, or anything more profound than the hellzapopping fireworks show that it is

November 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews
Killer Movie Reviews

Trash--grubby and nonsensical, with lame dialogue, wretched overacting and clumsily staged action sequences.

November 16, 2009 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Comment (1)
One Guy's Opinion

You can't call Duffy's film style original. But he's clever in what he steals.

November 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

All I can really say is that if liking a movie where two guys swing off of ropes tied to a building into a window with guns blazing and proceed to slide across the floor on their knees while shredding mobsters up with bullets is wrong, then I don't want t

November 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

The only good thing to say about this brutal and brutally boring bit of blarney is that it is so relentlessly unpleasant and unappealing that we may never have to endure the likes of "The Boondock Saints III: Get Boondockier."

November 13, 2009 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Comments (4)
eFilmCritic.com

The sequel is just as overlong, filled with gay jokes, gay panic, racial slurs, Keystone Kops humor, ethnic pride, self-satisfied dialogue, and misguided biblical references.

November 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Examiner.com | Comments (12)
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Fans of the first film will definitely find much to love this time around.

November 2, 2009 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium | Comments (9)
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Audience Reviews for The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day

Roughly a decade or so after the courtroom slaying of crime boss Papa Joe Yakavetta, the MacManus Brothers and their dad are living quiet lives as shepherds in Ireland. When a Boston priest is killed in the trademark style of execution used by the Saints, the boys come out of hiding to set things right. The film also goes more into the past of Il Duce. And, as you might imagine, the two plot threads are connected in some way.

It was great to see the boys back in action, but this one was a big step down. On paper, the concept is cool, but the execution of it is where things falter. The film takes all of what was both good (and bad) about the first, and cranks it up to maximum. In a lot of ways, it feels basically like the first one all over again, only with more money and far more excess.

There's not much of the charm from the first one here, things feel like they're coasting on fumes, and the humor, while occasionally funny, mostly falls flat and feels tired. The acting and the action are quite ridiculous and over the top, but these things can, depending on your pov, either add to the fun, or add to the tedium. I mostly enjoyed the action, and think this is the film's strongest point. The performances are...okay. Like I said, it's the first movie, but on steroids. Flannery and Reedus are good, as is Connolly, but, as much as I like Clifton Collins Jr. I think he went way too over the top here. It was nice to see Judd Nelson come out of wherever he's been, but even he gets a little too off the rails at times.

I think this film is probably best enjoyed if you watch it hammered, but that's just me. I'm glad they finally made it, and, though I have my reservations, I do want to eventually get a third film to cap things off. However, I hope that if a third one gets made, that they cut out the excess, beef up the story, and deliver something truly compelling instead of just half-assing it.
April 16, 2014
cosmo313
Chris Weber

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A bit disappointing as the first one was absolutely fantastic and although an okay movie i cant help but compare it to the first so its okay but the first is just far better!
March 23, 2012
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Film Crazy

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Except if you are The Godfather: Part Two, it is nearly impossible to make a sequel that is equal or better then the original. It just is. The reason why is because when you first create an idea and make a film about it, that is it at it's purest and at it's hieght. With sequels, the idea is already exposed and the shock that the idea gave people is already used up. With a film like The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day, what it does is take what people love from the first film and just rehash it a second time.
The main complaint of the first film was that it was a copy of the films of Quentin Tarantino. My response was that it was more of a tribute (could have been better) to his films then a rip off. If any of the films is a rip off, it is this film. Actually, if one really thinks about it, Troy Duffy is making a parody of his own film. But he could of, at least, done so with some honor and dignity.
I don't know. I mean, I did enjoy this fim a bit, but it could have been much more. So much more. But the main problem, other then rehashing parts of the previous film, is that it takes from so many other films whose sequels were better then it's original. The main one that comes to mind is the back story of Il Duce told in a psuedo The Godfather Part Two fashion. Just replace the Sicilian backdrop with an Irish one.
Then you also have the cast which, in their own right, are okay actors for the most part, are not used to their potential. But I feel the most bad for Clifton Collins. If you have seen the original film, then you will know that he will be compared to and is basically playing the same part as David Della Rocca. It is just kind of sad that Duffy had to right in a comic relief guy to go along with the already comic relief of the three detectives in this film. My advice for Duffy: keep the comic relief down to one character. Have too much, it will then ruin the film.
So, that is all I have to say about the sequel. it is entertaining as hell to watch, has it's moments of awkward humor, but it has so much potential, has so much it could do, hell, it could even have made Troy Duffy some respect after he lost it with The Boondock Saints (in the eyes of critics) and in the documentary Overnight (in the eyes of everyone else).
Now, there is a cliffhanger at the end of the film along with one cameo that made me scream 'YES!' at the end. If there would be a sequel to this film, then I have a message for Troy Duffy: Actually write an original screenplay that is not complete crap. You have everything set up, you have your story and mythology (granted you borrowed and ripped off a lot). USE it.
October 23, 2011
Zach Brehany

Super Reviewer

The MacManus Brothers return to Boston to kill more people.
There are some sequels, The Godfather Part II and even the second Terminator film, that build on the original film, and there are other sequels, like this one, that merely attempt to imitate the original. Clifton Collins as Romeo attempts to replace Rocco for comic relief and schtick, and Julie Benz does a Willem Dafoe with a Southern accent impersonation, complete with a scene that is clearly a poor man's "There was a firefight!"
Also, I know this makes me a bad American and the wrong audience for a film like this: I don't find murder all that sexy. The slow motion shots and the almost sexual arousal the boys get from picking out new guns perplexes me, and too much of the film centers on this fixation with violence.
The performances were all fine, nothing you'd show in an acting class as either "don't do" or "do;" although, Collins's performance gets annoying after a while.
Overall, there's nothing new in this installment of Boondock Saints unless you count characters' new armory.
July 31, 2011
hunterjt13
Jim Hunter

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    1. Murphy MacManus: That was one of the finest examples of spiritual guidance I've ever had the good fortune to witness.
    – Submitted by Michelle H (21 months ago)
    1. Murphy MacManus: Let's do some gratuitous violence.
    – Submitted by mister b (2 years ago)
    1. Rocco: Real men hide their emotions. Why? Because it's none of your fuckin' business!
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
    1. Romeo: This ain't rocket surgery.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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