The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear Reviews

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Dennis King
Tulsa World
May 6, 2014
What's at work here is the comedy law of diminishing returns: if you tell the same jokes over and over and over again, they become less and less and less funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
Something of a disappointment.
Cole Smithey
October 10, 2005
| Original Score: 1/5
Top Critic
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 11, 2008
A feeble sequel.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
September 3, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
Michael Ferraro
Film Threat
May 23, 2006
| Original Score: 2/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
October 11, 2003
Not good, not bad, not really much of anything (except exactly what you expect).
| Original Score: 2/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
November 14, 2002
An even sequel that misses the freshness of the original or the TV series.
| Original Score: 2/5
David N. Butterworth
January 1, 2000
Smells bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 6, 2005
Provides sporadic laughs, but not as consistently funny as the first one.
| Original Score: 2/5
Dan Fazio
April 25, 2003
| Original Score: 1/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
August 12, 2005
A real step down after the brilliant movie and TV show.
| Original Score: 2/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
June 18, 2003
This is strictly a hit or miss film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
Somehow this sequel never reaches the heights of inspired lunacy that made the original so memorable, and there are no extended set-pieces that work as well as the first film's opening battle with America's enemies or the climactic baseball game.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kathleen Maher
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
No joke is passed up or thrown away. There just might be a little too much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Barbara Shulgasser
Common Sense Media
April 19, 2016
Raunchy, dated send-up of cop movies has lots of sex.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

TV Guide
January 11, 2008
Not quite as fresh as the first.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
November 18, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Nielsen's secret is that he does almost nothing, and certainly nothing he seems to think is funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Terrence Rafferty
New Yorker
May 6, 2014
Nielsen combines B-movie earnestness, exuberant mugging, and a trouper's slightly desperate cheerfulness: he turns this rather alarming character into a sweet, ebullient lunatic -- albeit one who's hell on innocent bystanders.
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