Piranha Part Two: The Spawning

1981

Piranha Part Two: The Spawning

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Flying and swimming mutant piranhas terrorize a tourist club, and a diving instructor and a biochemist team up to destroy them.

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Critic Reviews for Piranha Part Two: The Spawning

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (1) | Rotten (16)

  • Idiotic premise has US government genetic engineering experiments creating a deadly form of grunions (hinted at being used in the Vietnam war).

    Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…

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  • A copy rather than a sequel, this has none of the intelligence, wit or tempo that graced the first swarm of hungry fish.

    Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
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  • The story is limited to being a boring recital of clichés. [Full Review in Spanish]

    Sep 4, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The fish in this flick can not only bite but can also fly -- a twist that isn't terrifying as much as it's laughable.

    Aug 7, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Thankfully James Cameron went on to bigger and better things, but who can blame him for trying to pretend this movie never existed?

    Jun 4, 2012 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The special effects are awful (the piranhas are obviously hand puppets) and the script worse.

    Dec 11, 2009 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Piranha Part Two: The Spawning

  • Jan 24, 2018
    You've finally got a fix for "Hey you can beat this villain by just staying out of the water" and then they BARELY EVER USE IT. Sure, it makes no sense that the piranha can fly, but seeing as they can, you may as well have used that ability to the max. But 99% of the victims are still water-bound. Whatever, it's a modicum of fun in that dated practical effects way.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 06, 2013
    This film is whatever, but surprisingly, it's not god awful, but still nothing special to see here.
    ZACHO D Super Reviewer
  • Jan 20, 2013
    James Cameron's debut directing feature and it was a disaster. Firstly the film was such a horrible B-movie, it followed all the conventions: Picking on minorities, gratuitous breast shots, cheap shocks, gratuitous gore, random killings. Secondly, there are no piranhas but some other sharp toothed fish. It's just plain horrible, it's hard to believe that this is the debut of James Cameron who will later go on to direct Alien series. This is the true rip off.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jun 03, 2012
    First of all, the title is misleading, since we only see the Piranha's for about 20 minutes in the entire film, and that is not even the worst part. The acting is atrocious, the writing is absolutely dreadful, and the story is pretty much the same thing, with a failed attempt at a climactic conclusion. "Piranha Part 2" is not only a poor film for what it is trying to be, but is comes off as one of the worst films I have ever seen. Sure the piranha's may have been improved a bit visually, but when you don't see them, and the film is this poorly scripted, and not to mention how bad the framing and cinematography is. This is one of the most poorly structured pieces of shit I have ever seen!
    KJ P Super Reviewer

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