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Clerks II Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 13, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
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Chris Tilly
Time Out
September 21, 2006
While the film is rude and raucous throughout, it doesn't have a bad bone in its body, providing a joyous, celebratory swansong for the beloved characters.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
August 3, 2006
Clerks II strikes its deepest chords when it appeals to the emotional security of a passionately provincial status quo.
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Roger Ebert
Ebert & Roeper
July 24, 2006
It has a more authentic everyday feel than a lot of movies. But it's also very talky and philosophical for a comedy, which would be okay, except the philosophy is kind of shallow.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 24, 2006
I like these characters a lot.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
July 24, 2006
Smith, an inherent optimist, has made a movie full of crude humor that also manages to explore the enduring qualities of friendship.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 22, 2006
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 21, 2006
What [Smith] knows, better than anyone out there, is how rudely funny and deliriously self-deluding those types can be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
July 21, 2006
Not that Butch and Sundance (or even Harold and Kumar) are going to sweat their place in the buddy movie hall of fame.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
July 21, 2006
Though Clerks II is in color, the acting is just as amateurish and the directing just as awkward as the black-and-white original. Dawson gives the only competent performance, and only Becky and the abused donkey are sympathetic characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 21, 2006
All is well with the Clerks world when these stoners take the screen... and prove that guys can grow old and stay immature forever.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
July 21, 2006
Whatever your expectations, they will almost certainly be exceeded by Smith's hilarious and creative return to low-budget cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
July 21, 2006
They say you can't go home again, but writer-director Kevin Smith didn't get the memo.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
July 21, 2006
While it's the sadness of the aging geek that resonates most potently throughout Clerks II, the movie itself is far too glib to let anything that bleak get close enough to the surface to bubble over and stain the counter.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
July 21, 2006
Though it will be of little interest to anyone who has never seen its predecessor, Clerks II should delight Smith's fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2006
Clerks II is neither the best nor the worst installment in Smith's Jersey-centric 'askewniverse,' but fans will find plenty to feed their obsession.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
July 21, 2006
For casual fans of writer-director Kevin Smith, his new film, Clerks II, feels a little like the new Pirates of the Caribbean -- a similar wet fizzle of a sequel for sequel's sake -- but what do we know?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 21, 2006
If you're a fan of Clerks... then you'll probably want to see Clerks II.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 21, 2006
Clerks II is dumb. Clerks II is brilliant. Clerks II is a rehash. Clerks II is surprisingly fresh. Clerks II will disappoint you at the same time that it keeps you fully entertained.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
July 21, 2006
Clerks II is not a return to the roots. It's just a cartoonish trip in the way-back machine outfitted with a questionable moral.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
July 21, 2006
Clerks II repeats all the charms and flaws of the original with a far less forgivable outcome, since Smith is now in a position to do far better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
July 21, 2006
You have to wonder how long Smith plans to hang out in front of the big-screen Quick Stop, telling the same kind of jokes and copping the same old attitudes.
| Original Score: C
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Bill Zwecker
Chicago Sun-Times
July 21, 2006
OK, Kevin Smith. All is forgiven. Obviously, Jersey Girl was just a silly aberration. You not only have not lost your comedic touch -- you've taken it to new heights.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
July 21, 2006
Kevin Smith's sequel to his 1994 indie classic about two aimless New Jersey buddies is as dead-end as their jobs.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 21, 2006
Has Kevin Smith gone soft?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
July 21, 2006
... Clerks II is mostly appealing in its familiarity, from the rat-a-tat cussing to the cameos from Smith's repertory company to the extended riffing on Star Wars and geek culture.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
July 20, 2006
Kevin Smith has grown up, even if his films haven't. That might explain why Clerks II can't quite decide how old it wants to act.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
July 20, 2006
Smith is able to revert to his low-budget origins and strike a genuine sequel.
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
July 20, 2006
I don't think Smith could have made a worse movie if he tried, and keep in mind, I've seen Jersey Girl.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
July 20, 2006
What makes Clerks II both winning and (somewhat unexpectedly) moving is its fidelity to the original Clerks ethic of hanging out, talking trash and refusing all worldly ambition.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
July 20, 2006
Clerks II finds Smith up to the profane, raunchy, profoundly humanist mischief of which he alone is the master.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 20, 2006
For a guy who will evermore be associated with slackers, Kevin Smith is quite the dynamo.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 20, 2006
Here the storytelling, Smith's great strength, is 90 percent riff and 10 percent theme. Shouldn't the characters be more memorable than the punch lines?
| Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
July 20, 2006
Clerks II is more sentimental and ruder than its predecessor, though its brand of raunch tends to curdle halfway out of the characters' mouths.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Alexa Weibel
Newsday
July 20, 2006
The slackers of Clerks have lost their wiseass flannel-shirted charm in Kevin Smith's feeble attempt to translate his day-in-the-life-of '90s cult film to 2006.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
July 20, 2006
Smith won't win any new converts with Clerks II, but he'll satisfy the devoted core audience.
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Bob Townsend
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
July 20, 2006
Clerks II brings Smith back to his roots, and his strengths as a writer-director.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
July 20, 2006
This movie put a broad smile on my face, virtually from the start.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 20, 2006
Despite not achieving the level of the original...this is the most amusing comedy to arrive in months.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
July 18, 2006
Smith's heart is in it, but it's sort of a broken heart now; Clerks II feels as though it was made by a man who needs a change but isn't permitted to make one.
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Justin Chang
Variety
May 30, 2006
If Clerks II doesn't have quite the scabrous kick of its predecessor, the chance to revisit a classic premise must have renewed the writer in Smith, whose banter here often achieves a sharpness and quality.