Jaws 2

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Jaws 2 never approaches the lingering thrills of its classic predecessor, but it's reasonably entertaining for a sequel that has no reason to exist.

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Years after the shark attacks that left Amity Island reeling, Sheriff Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) finds new trouble lurking in the waters. Mayor Vaughn (Murray Hamilton) wants to rid the beach town of the stain on its reputation. But the disappearance of a pair of divers suggests that all is not right. When Sheriff Brody voices his warnings about holding a sailing competition, everyone thinks it's post-traumatic stress. That is, until a shark fin cuts through the water.

Cast & Crew

Roy Scheider
Martin Brody
Lorraine Gary
Ellen Brody
Murray Hamilton
Larry Vaughn
Joseph Mascolo
Len Peterson
Jeffrey Kramer
Jeff Hendricks
Collin Wilcox Paxton
Dr. Lureen Elkins
Mark Gruner
Mike Brody
Barry Coe
Tom Andrews
Susan French
Grace Witherspoon
David Brown
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Carl Gottlieb
Screenwriter
Howard Sackler
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Critic Reviews for Jaws 2

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  • There was reason to believe that "Jaws 2" would be a mess. It isn't. It's better than most sequels. It's formula-ridden but slick, and the special effects work as intended.

    September 28, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Joseph Gelmis

    Newsweek
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  • While it lacks the originality, wit and character interplay that gave "Jaws" an exceptionally appealing impact, "Jaws 2" is proficient enough to avoid bombing out.

    October 17, 2017 | Full Review…
  • The surprise in Jaws 2 is that, given the givens, it came out as well as it did. For me, in terms of sheer visceral zapping, it's better than the first time around (or under).

    June 16, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Suspension of disbelief might have been possible had this been a ripping good yarn; but the kids are just plain silly, and it's a toss-up to decide which is more unconvincing, the shark or Scheider.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Derek Adams

    Time Out
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    January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • By telling the same story again (and with a weighty two-hour running time), it merely reinforces the notion that Spielberg's vision was comprehensive and complete.

    August 30, 2020 | Rating: 4/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Jaws 2

  • Jul 20, 2017
    This was never going to be as good as the first but it gave it a go, It had its moments but they were few and far between, I liked the story more as we have Roy Scheider second guessing himself whether it's all happening again or not which was good, It lost its intensity as we know what's coming and when, The ending was ok but a little silly, Apart from Roy Scheider it poorly acted by the rest of the cast, It's not a touch on the first but it's worth a watch.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 23, 2016
    Blood's in the water and Universal strikes with the highly anticipated sequel Jaws 2. The story continues with another rogue shark plaguing the island community of Amity, but this time Police Chief Body stands alone as the town counsel refuse to acknowledge that a shark is responsible for a recent string of deaths and missing persons. Unfortunately the writing isn't that good; the shark is portrayed as some sort of psychotic killer, and there are too many characters to follow (mostly teens who are all pretty indistinguishable). In fact the film plays a lot like a teen horror film, with a bunch of horny teenagers running around, chased by a bloodthirsty shark. Still, director Jeannot Szwarc does a pretty good job at making the action scenes intense and exciting. It pales in comparison to the original, but Jaws 2 is a decent enough thriller.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 25, 2015
    "Jaws 2" is an okay Action & Adventure/Horror/Mystery & Suspense film. The plot to this film is an okay plot, but a big issue with the film is it's boring, nothing happens in this film. There is really no character change, hardly any suspense and half the movie is with people talking and doing nothing. The acting in "Jaws 2" is alright. The music in this film is just recycled music from the previous film "Jaws". The special effects in this film are okay, in my opinion they are worse than the previous film. I give "Jaws 2" a 5.5/10.
    Steve G Super Reviewer
  • Jul 31, 2014
    Better than film history leads you to believe despite swimming in choppier waters than its predecessor, Jaws 2 provides a decent coda to the first summer blockbuster...if only the franchise had stopped there. Granted, Jaws didn't require or even need a follow up but boffo box office and the inevitability of H'Wood numbers dictated otherwise. Unlike the atrocious chapters that followed, this sequel at least brought back most of the original cast and setting (hell, even Richard Dreyfuss's Hooper gets a mention). There's nothing nearly as groundbreaking story or shot wise, but this deuce has its moments. At its heart, it's an effective scaremaker. In fact, if Jaws hadn't come before it, more filmgoers and critics would've found it to be an above average creature feature. Granted, if Jaws hadn't come before it, this go-round wouldn't exist. In this PG-rated thriller, Police Chief Brody (Scheider) must protect the citizens of Amity after a second monstrous shark begins terrorizing the waters. Reportedly, Roy Scheider didn't want any part of this sequel but used it as leverage to get out of his contract with Universal. If so, any disagreeableness doesn't show through in the end result. His Chief Brody conveys the same steely driven Everyman conviction as in the first flick. Elevated to leading status, Lorraine Gary likewise ratchets up the emotion of a wife and mother shouldering fear and uncertainty. Director Jeannot Szwarc was at a big disadvantage. If following in Steven Spielberg's impossibly big footsteps wasn't bad enough, the titular star already got a slowburn reveal in the first film. So, the monster appears early and often, menacing kids and more kids. However, the director at least carves out a slight niche of his own with some clever scenes. Scheider filling bullets with cyanide remains a standout. Despite some thrills, the last third gets weighed down by the intended kid victims getting too much screen time. The audience's collective intelligence dips below a junior high level by shear amalgamation. Still, Jaws 2 rises above its unfortunate reputation overall. Bottom line: Great White Hope
    Jeff B Super Reviewer

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