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The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear Reviews

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Terrence Rafferty
New Yorker
May 6, 2014
Nielsen combines B-movie earnestness, exuberant mugging, and a trouper's slightly desperate cheerfulness: he turns this rather alarming character into a sweet, ebullient lunatic -- albeit one who's hell on innocent bystanders.
Dennis King
Tulsa World
May 6, 2014
What's at work here is the comedy law of diminishing returns: if you tell the same jokes over and over and over again, they become less and less and less funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

May 6, 2014
Amusing even if the law of diminishing returns is starting to kick in.
Brian Orndorf
June 28, 2011
A nifty, crisp package, but not quite up to the standards of the original picture. A dildo drill can't solve every problem.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 11, 2008
A feeble sequel.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 11, 2008
Not quite as fresh as the first.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Variety Staff
January 11, 2008
Even if the laugh machine isn't operating at top efficiency, it still cranks out a few choice bits of irreverent lunacy.
Steve Crum
April 28, 2006
Ribald, wild Zucker comedy with Leslie Nielsen in usual wild form.
| Original Score: 4/5
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 6, 2005
Provides sporadic laughs, but not as consistently funny as the first one.
| Original Score: 2/5
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
September 9, 2005
One of the funniest movies starring a multiple murderer.
| Original Score: 3/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
August 12, 2005
A real step down after the brilliant movie and TV show.
| Original Score: 2/5
Scott Weinberg
April 2, 2005
Strained spoof with intermittent (yet solid) larfs.
| Original Score: 3/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
October 11, 2003
Not good, not bad, not really much of anything (except exactly what you expect).
| Original Score: 2/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 20, 2003
Filled with slapstick antics
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
June 18, 2003
This is strictly a hit or miss film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
The enthusiastic Zucker, Zucker & Abrahams style of movie parody is too rarely seen to prompt much head-shaking about gags that don't work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kathleen Maher
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
No joke is passed up or thrown away. There just might be a little too much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Dan Lybarger
Lawrence Journal-World
November 29, 2002
Amusing, if limp, sequel to the first Naked Gun.
| Original Score: 3/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
November 14, 2002
An even sequel that misses the freshness of the original or the TV series.
| Original Score: 2/5
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
July 29, 2002
"amusing, unmemorable sequel"
| Original Score: 3/5
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