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Back to the Future Part II Reviews

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Mike McGrady
October 22, 2015
While the funny-bone is being gently tickled, the eye is constantly diverted. Unfortunately, and I find this true of every Zemeckis movie, neither the mind nor the heart is ever fully engaged.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ron Wolfe
Tulsa World
June 24, 2015
A dismal and mean-spirited sequel to one of the best movies of the 1980s.
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
June 29, 2015
A rush job from filmmakers who should have left well enough alone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
June 29, 2015
This is a sequel for sequel's sake - all title, no content.
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
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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).
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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.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Cleverly plotted, but commercially overloaded.
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
January 1, 2000
The film ultimately relies on too many cheesy make-up routines in which characters play their older (and female!) selves which makes it not exactly the best movie in this series.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 9, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
October 29, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
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
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 21, 2002
More frantic, noisy, and overproduced than funny
| Original Score: 2/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
June 24, 2015
After a few good scenes, the plot gets too tricky, and the filmmakers keep walloping us with one chase scene after another.
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
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
October 28, 2010
one-half a very bad movie and one-half a very good movie
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The latest must-see, peer pressure, carve the logo on your head, designer blue jean experience.
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
Has the spirit, but it lacks the heart of the original film, and more importantly, much of the humor.
Emanuel Levy
July 5, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
June 29, 2015
Glum, claustrophobic and often oppressive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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