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

Back to the Future Part II Reviews

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
October 24, 2015
1989's middle entry, in which the pair head forward to 2015, is the most underrated -- like fellow second child Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, it had to contend with doltish charges of being too cold.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
October 22, 2015
Imperfect, but very lovable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Lucero Calderón
October 21, 2015
The best entry in the trilogy. [Full review in Spanish]
Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files
October 21, 2015
A time-traveling adventure that desperately missed the fun, joyous charm of the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Sebastian Zavala Kahn
October 21, 2015
It's simply a joy to be able to spend two more hours of fun with these great characters. [Full review in Spanish]
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
June 29, 2015
The most important point is that the new film is fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 29, 2015
Fans of the original should relish going back to Back to the Future.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
John Ferguson
Radio Times
June 29, 2015
The effects are even better than in the first film, and the actors certainly enjoy themselves in a baffling array of roles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
June 29, 2015
An entertaining but hollow picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ira Robbins
Entertainment Weekly
June 29, 2015
Another fantastic voyage in a thoroughly entertaining contraption.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
June 24, 2015
Satirically acute, intricately structured and deftly paced, it is at heart stout, good and untainted by easy sentiment.
R. L. Shaffer
October 25, 2010
Sure, [Back to the Future II] has a clunky first act - which takes place in a hilariously overblown futuristic society - but the film knows just how, and when, to entertain us, and it does so in spades.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
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
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
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
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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