The Hangover Part II Reviews

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David Denby
New Yorker
June 3, 2011
The Hangover Part II isn't a dud, exactly -- some of it is very funny, and there are a few memorable jolts and outlandish dirty moments. But it feels, at times, like a routine adventure film set overseas.
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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
May 27, 2011
The missing person, the seamy urban setting, the gradual accretion of clues: The Hangover films are, essentially, hard-boiled crime stories spun into comic depravity.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
May 27, 2011
I can't dismiss the ugliness behind many of its antics.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
May 27, 2011
I can't believe how precisely everything does happen again, except that what was fresh and surprising in Las Vegas turns rancid and predictable in Bangkok, where yet another wedding is scheduled to take place.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
May 26, 2011
Directed, like the wildly successful first film, by Todd Phillips, it airlifts the original characters, premise, and story structure out of Vegas and plonks them down in Bangkok in near-identical form, save for a few instances of ante-upping.
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
May 26, 2011
It's a tribute to the filmmakers, particularly director and co-writer Todd Phillips, that the best way to approach The Hangover Part II is to talk about what it isn't. It isn't a typical sequel, either a watered-down encore or a muddled [extension].
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
May 26, 2011
One of the most uninspired and unoriginal sequels you'll ever see. Or not see, if you're lucky.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
May 26, 2011
Phillips and his co-writers, Craig Mazin and Scot Armstrong, seem to have launched into this project with a misguided faith in their own brilliance, but nothing resembling an idea or a story.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
May 26, 2011
The filmmakers can't recapture the original's novelty or freshness, so they up the raunch level considerably; the matter-of-factness of the transsexual and gay-panic jokes is almost progressive.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Gayle MacDonald
Globe and Mail
May 26, 2011
The Hangover made the actors A-list Hollywood stars. But despite the indisputable talent of this cast, The Hangover Part II doesn't deliver the same zany punch of its predecessor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 26, 2011
Maybe what goes on in Vegas really should stay in Vegas.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 26, 2011
Alas, this time there are about three or four mild laughs in the whole picture, and the entire visual aspect of the movie is a botched disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 26, 2011
Somebody must have roofied me. I left The Hangover Part II feeling dazed and abused, wondering how bad things happened to such a good comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 26, 2011
It feels a little bit like that fourth dirty martini - not a good idea at the time, and probably to be regretted later.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
May 26, 2011
Oh, what a headache-inducing, unapologetic money grab we have in "The Hangover Part II."
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 26, 2011
While these characters were amusing the first time around, Phillips and his screenwriters don't bring much new to the party.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
May 26, 2011
For all the talent Hangover II reassembles, our boys just can't muster the hair of the dog that bit them the first time around.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Eric D. Snider
Film.com
May 25, 2011
If you want to avoid plot spoilers for The Hangover Part II, don't watch The Hangover.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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May 25, 2011
The result is a cinematic illustration of the law of diminishing returns, in which more money, more exotic locales, more crazy situations and more Mike Tyson all fuel a familiar carnival of abasement.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
May 25, 2011
Phillips seems to be relying all too heavily on the idea that we just want to see the first movie again. (We can do that. At home. For a lot less money.)
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 25, 2011
Using the original as a template, The Hangover Part II colors within the lines, but does so with bright fluorescents rather than drab primaries.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 25, 2011
The movie's an unclean thing and a mostly unfunny one.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
May 25, 2011
If you superimposed a diagram that mapped out all the narrative beats, characters and jokes in "The Hangover Part II" over one for "The Hangover," the two would align almost perfectly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
May 25, 2011
Part II is everything the first movie was, and less. It's crucially missing laughs and intelligence.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
May 25, 2011
It would be nice if Phillips could find something original to say when we all get together to tear the next town apart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
May 25, 2011
A severe bout of sequelitis afflicts this eagerly awaited but only sporadically amusing follow-up, which changes the locale from Las Vegas to Bangkok, but keeps the formula intact.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
May 25, 2011
I need jokes. Something more than a situation recycling the situation in the first one. I'd like filmmakers who, worldwide grosses aside, show more of an interest in filming visual comedy -- gross-out, violent, action-based, whatever -- with some finesse.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
May 25, 2011
It's still fun to watch, but the first one was better.
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
May 25, 2011
Most of the laughs go down easily. Most.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
May 25, 2011
A veritable textbook case of what not to do when re-making a comedy that depended on sheer surprise for most of its appeal.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
May 25, 2011
Despite all the similarities, despite the same madcap plotting and hysterically unhinged comic filth, The Hangover Part II veers into much darker territory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 25, 2011
Repeating the structure of the first film beat for beat, writer/director Todd Phillips keeps things fresh by going sleazier and more depraved, a litany of pain and suffering played for laughs. It's one part comedy to four parts juvenile delinquency.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 25, 2011
Wastrels think the formula for a hangover is the hair of the dog, but this flaccid follow-up to the hit comedy expects us to swallow the entire rotting carcass.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
May 25, 2011
This isn't even really a sequel to the hilarious 2009 comedy smash set in Las Vegas. It's virtually the same movie, just transferred to another continent and with the raunch wildly amped up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 25, 2011
Now that we know them, the core characters are all the funnier; they've become an American suburban version of the Three Stooges.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Eric Hynes
Village Voice
May 25, 2011
Trade out Las Vegas for Bangkok, a tiger for a monkey, a lactating hooker for a trannie stripper, a missing tooth for a face tattoo, and you've got Todd Phillips's rote, dispiriting replica of his own surprise smash hit.
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
May 25, 2011
...[it] sacrifices plausibility, believability and empathy with anything that doesn't validate its lead characters' 'Wolf Pack' mentality in the service of a smirkingly cynical attitude.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
May 25, 2011
The unexpectedly wonderful thing about this sequel is that it actually improves on the jokes.
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
May 25, 2011
Your head hurts like hell, the whole thing feels horribly familiar, and it's just not funny any more. Can this really be happening again?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 25, 2011
I have the sad duty to report I found this more elaborate, play-it-safe sequel far less fresh or funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 25, 2011
The MPAA's elaboration of the film's R rating says the movie has "pervasive language, strong sexual content including graphic nudity, drug use and brief violent images." Also other stuff. Maybe their space was limited.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 25, 2011
The lads in the "Hangover" "wolfpack" seem a tad winded, this time around. From concept to execution, "Hangover Part II" has a "been there, done that, jailed for it" feel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
May 24, 2011
Giving the people what they want is one thing. Making nearly the exact same movie a second time, but shifting the setting to Thailand, is just ... what, lazy? Arrogant? Maybe a combination of the two.
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Andrew Barker
Variety
May 23, 2011
The stock dismissal "more of the same" has rarely been more accurately applied to a sequel than to The Hangover Part II, which ranks as little more than a faded copy of its predecessor superimposed on a more brightly colored background.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
May 23, 2011
What happens in Bangkok isn't as much fun as when it happened in Vegas, but it's still worth the trip.