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Sex and the City 2 (2010)

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Average Rating: 3.7/10
Reviews Counted: 199
Fresh: 30 | Rotten: 169

Straining under a thin plot stretched to its limit by a bloated running time, Sex and the City 2 adds an unfortunate coda to the long-running HBO series.

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Average Rating: 3.9/10
Critic Reviews: 39
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 35

Straining under a thin plot stretched to its limit by a bloated running time, Sex and the City 2 adds an unfortunate coda to the long-running HBO series.

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The stars of the hit HBO series reunite with original writer/producer/director Michael Patrick King to deliver this sequel that finds the ladies venturing outside New York City for the adventure of a lifetime. Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Charlotte (Kristin Davis), and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) are all married now, but they're still up for a little fun in the sun. When Samantha (Kim Cattrall) gets the chance to visit one of the most extravagant vacation destinations on the planet and offers to

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Comedy, Romance

Michael Patrick King

Oct 26, 2010

$95.3M

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All Critics (200) | Top Critics (39) | Fresh (30) | Rotten (169) | DVD (3)

Sarah Jessica Parker is now 45 years old, and, frankly, I cannot stomach another moment of the simpering, mincing, hair-tossing, eyelash-batting little-girl shtick she's been pulling ever since L.A. Story.

June 7, 2010 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly | Comment (1)
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I realize that gaudy fantasy is essential to this franchise, but why does the fantasy have to be so stunted?

June 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor
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In the end it's the fun movie it's supposed to be. Raise your cosmos in a modest toast.

May 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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It's an almost avant-garde adventure in aimlessness.

May 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal
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An enervated, crass and gruesomely caricatured trip to nowhere [that] seems conceived primarily to find new and more cynical ways to abuse the loyalty of its audience.

May 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Washington Post | Comments (2)
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Remember the old, boundary-breaking, taboo-toppling Sex and the City? Forget it. Neither sex nor the city plays any role in this film.

May 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Newsweek
Newsweek
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This is the kind of movie that its participants refer to in small, dismissive groans at reunion parties.

October 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinemaphile.org
Cinemaphile.org

A cliched mess, this comedy lacks the carefree humor of its superior predecessor.

December 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

Writer/director Michael Patrick King seems intent on turning Carrie into the most irritatingly selfish, shallow, materialistic character ever to hit any screen.

June 2, 2012 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

An echo of the series' glory, but that won't stop the fans. Costumes and one-liners take precedence over female bonding.

August 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

This franchise is now officially at war with itself. In order to maintain audience demand for a high level of vicariously thrilling wealth.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

It's a toss up which is a worse fate: replacing original creators with hired hands who approach the series mechanically; or letting the originators continue until it becomes apparent they've run out of steam. Sex and the City 2 picks the latter.

March 30, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

[Michael] King has done well to maintain the wry comedy Sex and the City is so well known for, especially considering the over-stretched 146-minute running time.

October 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Moviedex

It's a fairy-tale about fashion, jewelry, gowns, Maybach automobiles, private jets, Rolex watches, style, sophistication, and glamor, and I couldn't wait for it to end.

October 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Sex and the City 2 is the female equivalent of Transformers; a big, dumb blockbuster that doesn't require you to think very hard, if at all ... I mourn the death of four memorable television characters that used to mean something to so many.

October 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Quickflix | Comments (2)
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Dobra vijest za gledatelje je da Seks i grad 2 nije loiji od prethodnog filma; loa vijest je da nije nimalo bolji

September 12, 2010 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Comment (1)
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Ignorant, culturally insensitive and unfunny, this is simply the equivalent of a Wiggles concert for the ``I love shoes'' set.

July 30, 2010 Full Review Source: The Mercury | Comments (3)
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full review at Movies for the Masses

July 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

Strictly for the hardcore fans, "Sex And The City 2" may not be in vogue for long.

July 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinemaclips.com

It might be time for Carrie & Company to hang up the ManoloBlahniks.

June 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Windy City Times
Windy City Times

... a crummy little vehicle without dignity and too cramped for its fancy clothes.

June 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Comments (2)
Sacramento News & Review

With SATC2 we were supposed to get a peek at what's next. Instead we got a fanciful vacation and a lame and fluffy version of female power.

June 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Christianity Today
Christianity Today

The spectacle of four supposedly high-achieving, professional NYC sophisticates "Ooohing" and "Aahing" at a tacky gilt and red-brick fantasy Middle East escaped from a Disney rejects storehouse is beyond risible.

June 11, 2010 Full Review Source: PopMatters | Comment (1)
PopMatters

Samantha does everything but draw a picture of the Prophet Muhammad on a pair of crotchless panties.

June 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Flak Magazine | Comments (2)
Flak Magazine

Unlike the first film, this is self-involved, silly and whiny...and so are the characters.

June 9, 2010 Full Review | Comments (5)
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Girls, let's have another Cosmpolitan and remember the past fondly. But make way for Chelsea [Handler]. She drinks vodka neat. She's a real woman.

June 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Fayetteville Free Weekly | Comment (1)
Fayetteville Free Weekly

Audience Reviews for Sex and the City 2

Okay, it's not likely to win any new fans, but if you like the girls and the show, you are going to enjoy this.
A lot of people have claimed the change of location is not a good thing, but I did not personally mind it. I would not really want to see Sex & the City 3 (if there is one, and I'm sure there will be!), set elsewhere, but for a change, this was fine.
A few laughs and some more serious parts - I think most people married for a few years could relate to Carrie's situation (I really thought the reviewers calling her whiney were harsh!). Sex & the City has always been about relationships, both with girlfriends and men, and this is more of the same.
At 2 and a half hours it is very long, and if you are not a fan, it is going to wear out it's welcome pretty quickly, but for me, it went pretty quick and enjoyed it.
UPDATE - 30/11/13. Just rewatched this and instantly downgraded it from 4 stars. Wtf was I thinking? I think this seems worse than on the first watch because I watched the entire series again first, which is great, then the first movie, which is not bad.
This actually not good. And what the hell is up with Carrie? She looks so old here. Older than she looks now when you see her in mags. That mousy hair and tan do her no favours.
And second time around, I hate the change of scenery. They should have left it in New York.
November 30, 2013
romy861

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The girls are back together 2 years on. Marriage doesn't suit Carrie and Big. They want a break from each other. Samantha takes the girls on holiday to UAE. Carrie meets Aidan in a street market. Some stereotypes and condescending attitudes towards Middle Eastern culture and traditions.
July 15, 2012
thmtsang
T Tsang

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Basic chick flick with nothing overly exciting or special about it.
November 16, 2011
Raajay

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the reason i chose to see sex and the city 2 was because i felt like bitching about chic flicks...my primary target is "eat, prayer and love" but the dvd-rental is more expensive because it's just released! yeah, there's an option of internet free-download but what's more miserable than watching a movie in your computer is to watch a bad movie in your computer (when the movie is good, it's easier to endure sitting in front of a computer for it)...get the logics? so the more practical and economic decision is to rent sex and the city 2 in a somehow cheaper price then watch it in your living room and get numb. haha.

and, it also pleases me that there's one person in my friend-list "want to see it." (ps) i do have a sense of cinephile morality that don't bitch a movie before you watch it even when it's obviously bad. if you wanna bitch about something, name your reason articulately (i definitely try my best). perhaps it's just the way i am, i prefer not to call you an asshole crudely, but when i do, i name all the reasons why you're an asshole without using the word asshole.

i'm no agist, but i do expect maturity from people (even from myself, but i try to manage it with struggles, for sure, just like everyone!) after a certain age, but the controversy here is: what's the right age for a person to be sophisticated? for the "girls" in sex and the city 2, 60?! 70?! maybe the right age for them is when botox stops working on their faces. (do i sound mean?) quite often, i feel they're living in disneyland, but come on, they're all over 40! everything about this movie is absolutely artificial and far from common senses. i did mention quite often about the idea of camp, a celebration of artifice, such as my praise over knight and day...but there's a sense of sincerity in camp, yeah, a naive self-love devoid of pretentiousness. (so it's not everything bad and fake is camp)..but sex and the city IS pretentious, encapsulated within the so called avant-garde third-wave feminism, and it has great deal to do with pop-culture ideologies in women, or let's be more specific, upper-middle class white women who have nothing to do but whine about life......and their vaginas!

i'd like to focus on three specific details (if you really care about synopsis, check imdb). i point them out because i consider them crucial for character-portrayals, this movie has involved a trip for these four "fabulous" women in "new middle-east" (ali abu). FIRSTLY, they emphasize in details on all the materialistic products they carry in their luggages, for example, samantha mentions about the books she carries: suzanne somers' "breakthrough to wellness" (serious reading to her), and she mentions something for relaxation: THE US MAGZINE. then four of them scream in hysteria. and i was thinking, what, you're over 40, and you're in a sort of exquisite society which tends to value taste (they emphasize that) and class..and the entertainment for your mind is THE US MAGZINE. are you just 16? what's so different between your mind and the mind of a high-school teenager with raging hermones? except the later doesn't need botox to look young. and, one of them is a supposedly well-reputed columnist. another one of them is allegedly a harvard-graduate. isn't it a bit too un-classy? kinda un-believable, isn't it?

SECONDLY, in this trip, samantha claims to her girlfriends that it's free due to her association with some tycoon in arabian world, and she keeps saying dubai is history and abu dahbi is the new fabulous middle-east. anyway, this movie poses a counterfeit attitude about their liberal welcome to the arabian exotica but somehow it keeps its superficial bombardments on the arabian culture, stereotyped racist remarks about the veiling obligation in arabian women and how sexually uptight those arabian men are. i'm not really familar with the arabian world and i might also be infected with that bias that arabian men are terrible sexists due to media presentation, but there's one part in this movie that is really hypocritical: samantha annoys the crowd of arabian men for showing off her cleaverage, then four of them escape into a secret room full of arabian housewives who actively offer helps for these four "fabulous" new-yorkers, then they take off their conventional arabian costumes and reveal themselves in the dresses from the latest catalogues of louis vutton, dior and gucci, and they're holding a book-party on the same god-damned book samantha mentions earlier: suzanna somer's "breakthru: eight stages to wellness"...it's like announcing that you third-world arabian women, under your conventional appearance, you all wanna emulate us by buying off those commodities of luxuries, we, rich american women, feel complacent to be copied and emulated while we're taking a plane to get away from your land of gender-inequalities. the only solace left for you is the commodities from the latest catagues of louis vutton, channel..you shall continue to contribute your money to our corporations even your life still stinks as hell. but we don't care as long as you continue to vent your discontentment through consummerism!

THIRDLY, the character of mr. BIG is depicted as a partially conventional man who favors old black-and-white movies, and the story keeps emphasizing his love of nostalgia. his favorite thing in the world is to watch clark gable and claudette colbert's "it happened one night" in bed and he prefers to stay home on his couch eating and relaxing with those nostalgic movies. i wonder the screenwriter's choice of describing mr. big as fan of nostalgia is because women all secrely wish their men to be cultured, conventional and sophisticated (nostalgia is a reference of all those qualities.) in the mean time, woman behaves like a spoilt 40-something fashion-princess who disregards her man's frustration over the fall of stock-market, insists on her man's companionship after one laborious day. carrie even tries to pay homage to claudette colbert by showing off her leg in arabian street for taxi. the movie even features one scene of mr. big talking to penelop cruz, who is a hot spanish bank-manager in the movie, and she discusses their shared concern for the stock market in the cocktail party while carrie remains in her girl-friend circle. and i thought he's going to cheat with penelope but i almost wish it to happen..think about it, if you were a rich not-bad-looking man who's worth billions, what kind of wife you would want? you would want a wife who shares some concerns of your work-labors, instead of picking on your faults all the time, showing her non-appreciation for your interests in nostalgia and expecting to be liberated like a signle woman while you generously provide every possible luxurious item for her? if i were him, i would think: why not just court and marry peneloppe cruz?! that's common sense.

gee, i'm tired of complaining about it..my point is: i could understand why some men have prejudices about chick flicks, especially sex and the city, because those women just won't step out of their enclosed circle of life! so narcissistically self-absorbed as if the world only whirls around her, and worse of all, chick flicks now degenerate into a genre for narcissistic females who think the meaning of life is the expensive clothes you wear, the travelling catalogues (third-world nations are all on the map for such consumption of exotica) and the so-called "sparkle" with their significant the other. and what the "sparkle" is made of? MONEY! everything is about money. yes, money is important in this world. but please have the decency to bare it all instead of granting it a beautified name of love!

sometimes, i have an indignant sentiment why women are still so narrow-minded and short-sighted after so many decades of revolutions? i mean, when i watch movies like sex and the city 2. (of course, not all women are like that, i'm not. but the movie is popular, supposedly its popularity reflects something in its patroning audience) in conclusion, the only achievement feminism revolutions have accomplished is that women wear less clothes, spend more money, and certainly much much more fuckable than they used to be. (profanity intended for my anguish)...come to think about it, men should be grateful to movies like sex and the city, it opens millions of gates for you fellows to have gratuitous sex! (conspiracy from men)

(as a matter of fact, sex and the city 2 is DIRECTED BY A MAN indeed. ha)
February 17, 2011
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