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Back to the Future Part II Reviews

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Mike McGrady
Newsday
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
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
June 29, 2015
A surprisingly oppressive, rapid-fire, noisy, gadget-filled action picture lacking the emotion of the original film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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
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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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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.
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Variety Staff
Variety
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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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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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.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
It manages to be giddily and merrily mind-boggling rather than confusing.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Cleverly plotted, but commercially overloaded.
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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.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The movie is fun, mostly because it's so screwy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4