| Original Score: 2/5
Martin fumbles it from the off. And that, in a nutshell, is reason enough to avoid this as one might any other calamity.
| Original Score: 1/6
Martin has a few inspired moments but in order to get to them you have to wade through a mosh pit of unfunny gags.
| Original Score: C
Remember when Martin was funny?
| Original Score: 1.5/4
What is our reward for the collective effort of this prestigious assembly? One of the most dreadfully unnecessary movies in recent memory.
The soundtrack makes generous use of trombones to indicate humor.
One can only hope that something good is coming from all the bad movies that Steve Martin has been appearing in.
| Original Score: 2/4
Wasn't it bad enough the first time?
| Original Score: 1/4
There's a difference between kid-friendly and just regular old dumb.
None of it is memorable, though the audience it's aimed at will giggle at the adults gone goofy.
| Original Score: 3/5
Recycling bins have fresher content than this listless exercise in check-the-boxes moviemaking.
There's a sort of desperation at work here.
| Original Score: 1/5
For all the obvious cribbing, the filmmakers still seem ill-at-ease with Clouseau's simplistic world view and frank buffoonery.
Another Steve Martin comedy, the same old question -- what happened?
Serves up enough goofy pranks and fractured wordplay to keep the series purring along.
Bottom line: Any laugh's a good laugh these days.
| Original Score: B-
Hoary slapstick routines, invariably rushed, are all there is in The Pink Panther 2.
[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.
Although comic mayhem follows Martin's Clouseau everywhere, none of it is particularly funny.
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.
Plays like a series of disconnected, hit-or-miss skits in a cut-rate Saturday Night Live.
The Pink Panther 2 plays like an undeserved victory lap for a series that only limped to the finish line the last time.
At no point in Pink Panther 2 does credible screenwriting or apparent direction allow for the sensation of spontaneity.
In The Pink Panther 2 the cast sprints way, way out ahead of the material, and miles ahead of the director, Harald Zwart.
[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
Costars John Cleese, Jean Reno, Alfred Molina, Andy Garcia, and Jeremy Irons look either bored or desperate, gasping for laughs in an airless screenplay.
The actors are let down by the screenplay and direction, which don't really pop the supporting characters out into strong comic focus.
Until that storied team comes together, the film is a dreary checklist of pratfalls, wan double entendres, and frantic, unfunny set pieces.
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.
...somewhat less of a desecration of the memory of Peter Sellers than Martin's first outing as the bumbling French detective.
The Pink Panther 2 provides genial chuckles, but it's never excitingly rude.
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.
For a series that's left so much Clouseau-like wreckage in its wake, disposability may be worth settling for.
| Original Score: 2/6