Kickboxer 2: The Road Back (1990) - Rotten Tomatoes

Kickboxer 2: The Road Back (1990)




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This sequel to the popular Jean-Claude Van Damme vehicle centers on the exploits of David Sloan (Sasha Mitchell) the younger brother of the two fighters (Van Damme and Dennis Alexio) who died in the first installment. As this episode begins, David has given up competition and is running a kickboxing school for underprivileged urban kids. His life changes abruptly when the villainous fight manager who murdered his brother shows up and forces him back into the ring. Fortunately, David's Zen master shows up for spiritual and moral support. The ensuing fight scenes are quite bloody and violent.
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Sasha Mitchell
as David Sloan
Michel Qissi
as Tong Po
Peter Boyle
as Justin
Dennis Chan
as Xian Chow
John Diehl
as Morrison
Vince Murdocco
as Brian Wagner
Matthias Hues
as Neil Vargas
Emmanuel Kervyn
as Kurt Sloan
Annie O'Donnell
as Helen Wagner
Humberto Ortiz
as Joey D'Angelo
Vincent Klyn
as 1st Thai
Dorothy Dells
as Check-out Nurse
Christian Andrews
as Brian's Trainer
Casey Stengel
as Eric Sloan
Joe Restivo
as Ring Announcer
Amy Arthur
as Kristen Wagner
Jay Byron
as State Official
Gene Lebell
as Referee
Dale Jacoby
as Judge
Casey Stengal
as Eric Sloan
Ed Anders
as Brian's Opponent
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Critic Reviews for Kickboxer 2: The Road Back

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

Even the cultivated sportsmen who fill the end zones at Raiders games might find this bloody, sadistic display of mayhem beneath their entertainment standards.

May 13, 2013
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Kickboxer 2 is better than Kickboxer, the 1989 Jean-Claude Van Damme vehicle that spawned it. But you have to realize this is a relative judgment, since that first movie... is widely regarded as a cinematic disgrace.

Full Review… | May 13, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Kickboxer 2 explores much the same territory as its predecessor, although this time there's no Jean-Claude Van Damme, who by the time this sequel was made had moved on to bigger (though not necessarily better) things.

Full Review… | May 13, 2013
Radio Times

This blood, which seems to change color and texture every time it shows up, keeps coming and coming as if it were a substitute for dialogue. The scenes outside of the ring are even more excruciating.

Full Review… | May 13, 2013
TV Guide

Kickboxer 2 is laughable fun. It's got cheesy 80's style motivational music (you know the kind that worked for Rocky), over-the-top action sequences and cardboard thin performances - but all in all it's still a good boys boast.

June 5, 2002

Audience Reviews for Kickboxer 2: The Road Back

The fact that little is mentioned about Jean Claudes character from the first is the least of Kickboxer 2 problems. I loved Sasha Mitchell in Step by Step as the lovable Uncle Cody but his tough guy persona just doesn't work. Kickboxer 2 is choreographed sloppily and the acting is more comedic than anything. A major letdown from the first.

Jonathan Porras
Jonathan Porras

Very formulaic, very cheesy but feeling good overall. Apparently there was mind putting in the script. I just miss movies made in late-80s/early-90s- which were direct, simple but concise without lengthy, dragging bullshit like today's.


Sasha Mitchell makes a great martial art sequences in this sequel in several action scenes.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

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