Psycho II Reviews

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
October 16, 2013
A person would have to be as crazy as Norman Bates to even think about helming a sequel to Psycho, but the shocking truth is that this intelligent follow-up in no way soils the memory of its classic predecessor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
September 23, 2013
[Blu-ray Review] A psychologically scary and handsomely mounted thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Vaux
Mania.com
June 5, 2013
You can chide Psycho II for its hubris, and the fact that it won't ever get within shouting distance of a classic. But for a quiet summer escape with an old motel owner we used to know... yeah, it could be a lot worse.
Full Review | Original Score: B
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 10, 2011
A surprisingly decent sequel to Alfred Hitchcock's landmark slasher...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

TV Guide's Movie Guide
October 20, 2008
This sequel to Alfred Hitchcock's classic is surprisingly good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Variety Staff
Variety
October 20, 2008
Director Richard Franklin deftly keeps the suspense and tension on high while dolling out dozens of shock-of-recognitions shots drawn from the audience's familiarity with Psycho.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
October 20, 2008
Though far from a worthy successor to the original (but why make impossible demands?) the film clearly could have been much worse.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Scary and fun, it's as worthy a sequel as one might reasonably expect.
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
September 9, 2005
Not a bad sequel at all.
| Original Score: 3/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
May 6, 2005
The weakest of the series. Still has its fair share of scares.
| Original Score: 3/5
David Cornelius
eFilmCritic.com
December 4, 2004
[It's] a sequel that supports its predecessor instead of diminishes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
It is a craftsman-like piece of filmmaking with a suitably flaky performance by Perkins, but it isn't really a sequel to Psycho. It continues the story, but not the spell.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
August 30, 2004
That it's about as chilly a movie as ever delighted the mass market is beside the point, in view of its exuberantly macabre craftsmanship.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Film4
May 24, 2003
There are one or two effective surprises, but this still feels like the kind of sequel which should have been left alone.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
February 2, 2003
A pretty classy sequel that only becomes silly at the end.
| Original Score: 4/5
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
January 16, 2003
Surprisingly good sequel some 25 years on, though it's nothing like the original
| Original Score: 4/5
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
January 1, 2000
Surprisingly, even after waiting 20 years, they managed to turn out a smart, darkly-comic thriller with some imaginitive twists.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 17, 2008
| Original Score: 3/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
February 18, 2007
| Original Score: 1/5
Michael Szymanski
International Press Academy
September 21, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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