Back to the Future Part II - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Back to the Future Part II Reviews

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Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
September 16, 2010
Lackluster yet benign time-travel sequel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
July 28, 2010
Taken as a pair, the first two films ask a number of unresolved and unresolvable questions about causality, order, and intention; and taken as a pair, they're also a hell of a lot of fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
February 25, 2009
The one thing the film got right was the crushed effect the media's growing omnipresence has had on human existence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rory L. Aronsky
Screen It!
May 30, 2008
See website for more details.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Tom Tunney
Empire Magazine
May 5, 2008
Solidly entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

May 5, 2008
An ambitious film that fails to recreate the warmth or excitment of the first Back To The Future.
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Variety Staff
May 5, 2008
Zemeckis' fascination with having characters interact at different ages of their lives hurts the film visually, and strains credibility past the breaking point, by forcing him to rely on some very cheesy makeup designs.
Douglas Pratt
June 15, 2007
There are definitely aspects of laziness to the script--jokes which haven't been fully considered, simpleminded characterizations, subplots which have no life outside of the narrative--but at the same time the movie has a spirit of exploration and daring,
| Original Score: 3/5

TV Guide
February 26, 2007
The film works best through its magnificent technical achievements (the visual effects received an Oscar nomination) and the inherent charm of Fox, Lloyd and, especially, the delightfully menacing Thomas F. Wilson.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
February 26, 2007
By the end, you may feel that you've just sat through a feature-length commercial for both part one (which has to be seen to make this sequel comprehensible) and part three (a trailer for it literally ends part two).
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 23, 2006
It turned off most viewers, but fascinated me.
Christopher Null
September 16, 2006
The relatively quaint and simple time travel arc from BTTF gets far more confusing and, in some ways, more fulfilling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
It's impressive entertainment, and best of all, it never degenerates into Spielbergian sentimentality: you can laugh, be thrilled and think without feeling embarrassed.
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
June 17, 2004
A weak, convoluted attempt to cash in on the original's charms.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
It manages to be giddily and merrily mind-boggling rather than confusing.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 27, 2003
Unfortunately, the story is not as novel or as funny the second time around.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Brian Mckay
March 21, 2003
Uneven but still enjoyable, delivers a darker scenario than the ending of the first film would imply.
| Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 21, 2002
More frantic, noisy, and overproduced than funny
| Original Score: 2/5
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
Doesn't surpass the original, but tosses a whole lot of gee-whiz gizmos and concepts at the screen. It's a whole lot of fun.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
May 31, 2002
'De Volta Para o Futuro 2' é uma continuação à altura do original e merece ser visto - antes que o velho Biff altere tudo novamente.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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