Gremlins 2: The New Batch Reviews

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Brian Costello
Common Sense Media
June 12, 2013
Campy horror sequel has unrelenting cartoonish violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
R. L. Shaffer
IGN DVD
May 22, 2012
An odd, but rewarding sequel that ups the ante on comedy and effects, and manages to offer a refreshing spoof of the first film.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Sean Axmaker
Seanax.com
May 19, 2012
... is one of the funniest comedies of its time, a veritable live-action cartoon from Joe Dante at his most unrestrained.
May 12, 2012
No, this was not your daddy's Gremlins movie. This was an entirely different kind of beast that was just made up of the same DNA.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael Sragow
New Yorker
November 7, 2011
This uninhibited and uproarious monster bash, directed by Joe Dante, is more quick-witted and ironic than the original; it sets forth a savvy, slaphappy agenda before the opening credits and follows it straight through to the end, and even beyond.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
June 19, 2010
An amazing achievement despite a total lack of sincerity, and any film that can successfully work Slayer's grinding tune Angel of Death into the action is a masterpiece as far as I'm concerned.
Full Review | Original Score: A-

Film4
August 21, 2009
A riot from start to finish.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Variety Staff
Variety
March 26, 2009
An hilarious sequel featuring equal parts creature slapstick for the small fry and satirical barbs for adults.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 14, 2006
Actually better than the original in many ways: it's darker and more cynical, contains more pop culture references and takes on a bigger target.
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
January 19, 2006
A loving celebration, and biting critique, of our pop culture-saturated times.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Clint Morris
Moviehole
March 23, 2005
Wilder than the first....a laugh riot!
| Original Score: 3/5
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
March 8, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
August 30, 2004
Speaks to the gleeful hell-raising monster in each of us, and it speaks with much more verve, cleverness and good humor than the film on which it is based. Add this to the very short list of sequels that neatly surpass their predecessors.
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
July 16, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
May 21, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 12, 2003
Surprisingly agreeable sequel.
| Original Score: 4/5
Gregory Weinkauf
New Times
August 14, 2003
Simply: This is Christopher Lee's 200th film. He plays a character called Dr. Catheter. I love movies.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 30, 2003
Surprisingly thought-provoking as extended commentary on modern life and morality.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Fred Topel
About.com
July 14, 2003
Awesome sequel! The gremlins have more clever bits and satirize themselves in this brilliant postmodern horror-comedy.
| Original Score: 4/5
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John Hartl
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Wicked fun.
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