Brahms: The Boy II

2020

Brahms: The Boy II

Critics Consensus

More likely to induce boredom than quicken the pulse, Brahms: The Boy II is chiefly scary for the way it undermines the effectiveness of its above-average predecessor.

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Unaware of the terrifying history of Heelshire Mansion, a young family moves into a guest house on the estate where their young son soon makes an unsettling new friend, an eerily life-like doll he calls Brahms.

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Critic Reviews for Brahms: The Boy II

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (45)

  • What the film's director William Brent Bell and writer Stacey Menear do get right, however, is Brahms's ability to endear himself to those around him.

    March 6, 2020 | Full Review…
  • There aren't that many minutes to mess up, but the film manages to make it feel much longer.

    February 24, 2020 | Rating: C | Full Review…

    Kate Erbland

    indieWire
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  • Takes the best elements from The Boy and reverses course so abruptly, it practically leaves skidmarks on the screen. It's not just a subpar sequel; it retroactively injures an otherwise superior film.

    February 21, 2020 | Full Review…
  • The Boy II ultimately could have gone weirder, further, and faster (even at a slim 86 minutes).

    February 21, 2020 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • It's so punishingly dull to watch, filled with dry, perfunctory dialogue from Stacey Menear's consistently uninventive script and shot without even a glimmer of style, that even at a brisk 86 minutes, it feels like unending torture.

    February 21, 2020 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Benjamin Lee

    Guardian
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  • Like its predecessor, "The Boy II" is a fairly corny and stodgy spook-show, with a few good jolts and one genuinely creepy killer toy.

    February 21, 2020 | Full Review…

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  • Mar 21, 2020
    I mostly enjoyed the creepy thrills of 2016's The Boy, where a young woman is hired by a wealthy old couple to watch their son who just happens to be a doll named Brahms who may or may not be alive. It built an atmosphere with patience until the very end where it definitively revealed the doll was not alive at all. Zoom ahead several years and now we have the awkwardly titled Brahms: The Boy II (why? why is the sequel status slated for the subtitle?) and it completely negates the previous movie. Surprise, that doll that was only a doll in the first movie is now a real supernatural presence who infects others and can move on its own. I don't consider this a significant spoiler merely because returning director William Brent Bell (The Devil Inside) tips his hand so early into the movie's 86 minutes. Because you know the doll is definitely alive now the rest of the movie becomes a tedious game of waiting for the adults to finally catch on, which makes the viewer impatient and also saps the dread out of scenes. This is the first movie I can recall where a person screams in front of a stationary doll and it's treated like a jump scare. Katie Holmes (Logan Lucky) does her best as the matriarch of a family suffering some serious psychological trauma after being the victims of a home invasion. She and her husband see the Brahms doll as a working conduit for their son to better process his trauma. He's even begun talking again, and also supposedly drawing very murderous pictures and saying how Brahma is angry. There's an interesting story somewhere in here about a family using a creepy doll as an unorthodox means of PTSD therapy, but The Boy II is just such a lackluster horror movie. We know the doll is alive yet all the things we're supposed to worry about are absent the doll's immediate vicinity. Even as it gets more and more blatant, including a finale that reveals what Brahms looks like behind his mask (did you even think there was a "behind"?), the movie fails to make you care about anything that's happening. It's sluggish, silly, and stale. Even if you were a marginal fan of the first one, I would advise skipping Brahms. I wonder if there will be a The Boy III that completely undoes the sequel, the Rise of Skywalker to The Boy II's Last Jedi. Never thought I'd write that sentence. Nate's Grade: C-
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