Speed 2 - Cruise Control Reviews

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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
June 20, 2014
An ear-splitting amusement-park attraction posing as a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
May 28, 2013
Speed 2 is frantic action, tinny dialogue, perfunctory characterization and tried-and-false plot pilferings.
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 28, 2013
De Bont remains an expert director of action, but putting the reference to cruise control in the title serves as fair warning of an unengaged filmmaker on automatic pilot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Keith Simanton
Seattle Times
May 28, 2013
[A] truly horrid sequel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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May 28, 2013
Speed cost something like $30 million; this sequel cost four times as much. So why is it such a feeble, aimless piece of junk in comparison?
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
May 28, 2013
The human propensity to tamper with a good thing is probably ineluctable.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
May 28, 2013
In Speed 2, De Bont is, so to speak, at sea.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
May 28, 2013
Speed 2 is the most exciting to date of this summer's big action pictures.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
It's a complete lack of story that explains why this expensive production from the proficient creator of Speed and Twister sputters out on the high seas.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
July 21, 2009
Do yourself a favor and see a movie instead.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 21, 2009
[It] sinks faster than a rock.
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Emanuel Levy
Variety
September 1, 2008
Speed 2 suffers from a slender script, a tedious first reel and a routine villain who lacks the entertaining menace that Speed's diabolical madman projected.
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Nick Bradshaw
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Dafoe's take on Dennis Hopper's Hopper impersonation is plain pointless; Bullock too is wasted in a ditzy half-role; and Patric is unsmiling and resolutely uncharismatic.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Speed 2 doesn't have much in mind besides convincing an audience that a runaway ocean liner is a dynamic menace. Fine, but it doesn't beat a runaway bus.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
Even the film's big-ticket closing stunts are more impressive for their size than for any excitement they generate.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
They keep getting worse and worse and worse . . .
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Movies like this embrace goofiness with an almost sensual pleasure. And so, on a warm summer evening, do I.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
I hope that somewhere Keanu Reeves is laughing about being considered a nonactor while the wax dummy Jason Patric has somehow achieved a rep as intense and gifted.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
A waterlogged sequel that'll soon be bottom-feeding with Beyond the Poseidon Adventure.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Speed 2 can be numbered among the worst second chapters ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
What a reeking bag of nothingness! What emptiness, what vaporous vapidity! What rot, stink, and whiff of mold spore!