Pink Panther 2 Reviews

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Cole Haddon
Film.com
May 6, 2011
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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 12, 2009
Martin fumbles it from the off. And that, in a nutshell, is reason enough to avoid this as one might any other calamity.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/6
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
February 9, 2009
Martin has a few inspired moments but in order to get to them you have to wade through a mosh pit of unfunny gags.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
February 6, 2009
Remember when Martin was funny?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
February 6, 2009
What is our reward for the collective effort of this prestigious assembly? One of the most dreadfully unnecessary movies in recent memory.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
February 6, 2009
The soundtrack makes generous use of trombones to indicate humor.
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
February 6, 2009
One can only hope that something good is coming from all the bad movies that Steve Martin has been appearing in.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 6, 2009
Wasn't it bad enough the first time?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
February 6, 2009
There's a difference between kid-friendly and just regular old dumb.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
February 6, 2009
None of it is memorable, though the audience it's aimed at will giggle at the adults gone goofy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 6, 2009
Recycling bins have fresher content than this listless exercise in check-the-boxes moviemaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
February 6, 2009
There's a sort of desperation at work here.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
February 6, 2009
For all the obvious cribbing, the filmmakers still seem ill-at-ease with Clouseau's simplistic world view and frank buffoonery.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
February 6, 2009
Another Steve Martin comedy, the same old question -- what happened?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
February 6, 2009
Serves up enough goofy pranks and fractured wordplay to keep the series purring along.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
February 6, 2009
Bottom line: Any laugh's a good laugh these days.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
February 6, 2009
Hoary slapstick routines, invariably rushed, are all there is in The Pink Panther 2.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Christopher Orr
The New Republic
February 6, 2009
[I]f half-hearted remakes of fondly remembered films (and their still more lifeless sequels) are one of the most acute ills currently plaguing Hollywood, [Steve] Martin is arguably the primary vector by which the malady is transmitted.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 5, 2009
Although comic mayhem follows Martin's Clouseau everywhere, none of it is particularly funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
February 5, 2009
Alas, the second time proves no charm for The Pink Panther 2, Steve Martin's latest flimsy attempt to resurrect Sellers' bumbling Inspector Clouseau for the 21st century.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
February 5, 2009
Plays like a series of disconnected, hit-or-miss skits in a cut-rate Saturday Night Live.
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
February 5, 2009
The Pink Panther 2 plays like an undeserved victory lap for a series that only limped to the finish line the last time.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
February 5, 2009
At no point in Pink Panther 2 does credible screenwriting or apparent direction allow for the sensation of spontaneity.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
February 5, 2009
In The Pink Panther 2 the cast sprints way, way out ahead of the material, and miles ahead of the director, Harald Zwart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
February 5, 2009
[It's] admittedly funnier than the 2006 original. But that movie was so dispiritingly, soul-suckingly bad, there was nowhere left to go but up.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
February 5, 2009
Costars John Cleese, Jean Reno, Alfred Molina, Andy Garcia, and Jeremy Irons look either bored or desperate, gasping for laughs in an airless screenplay.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 5, 2009
The actors are let down by the screenplay and direction, which don't really pop the supporting characters out into strong comic focus.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
February 5, 2009
Until that storied team comes together, the film is a dreary checklist of pratfalls, wan double entendres, and frantic, unfunny set pieces.
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David Germain
Associated Press
February 4, 2009
There are chuckles, maybe even a belly laugh or two if you're in a charitable mood. But the movie's mostly a waste of time and talent.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
February 4, 2009
...somewhat less of a desecration of the memory of Peter Sellers than Martin's first outing as the bumbling French detective.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
February 4, 2009
The Pink Panther 2 provides genial chuckles, but it's never excitingly rude.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
February 4, 2009
Martin is such a likable personality it's tempting to say he makes the movie worthwhile. Sorry, that's too tall an order for anyone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5