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[Rec] 2 Reviews

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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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Multiplying the video-cams only dilutes the effect. Better to stick with one perspective. And see [Rec] first.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 23, 2010
Rosie Fletcher
SFX Magazine

In our hearts we didn't expect [REC] 2 to be quite as good, but we really didn't expect a baggy, vaguely comic action romp which plays like a first-person-shoot-'em-up based on The Exorcist.

Full Review Source: SFX Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 28, 2010
Diva Velez

The original created so much international buzz, who could blame the filmmakers for going the well twice? I can. [REC] 2 is a straight-up money grab so terrible it threatens to ruin the memory of how good [REC] was.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 1.5/5

July 11, 2010
Prairie Miller

Neighbors from hell, quite possibly literally and otherwise. Not to mention Spain's longstanding issues with an intermittently violent government itself into extermination, along with an intrusive and oppressive Catholic Church on the premises.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

July 5, 2010
Cath Clarke

As for the scariest bit, that comes right at the end, when the door is left ajar for Rec 3. Pray for divine intervention.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 2/5

May 28, 2010
Jason Morgan

Whereas the simplicity of the first film disarmed our apprehensions, [REC] 2 falls victim to them

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/5

June 3, 2010
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

Filmmaker Jaume Balaugueró should have been content with the first [REC], a claustrophobic tour de force. Now the franchise is out on the sidewalk, selling itself to the tired, the jaded, the kerb-crawling.

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 1/5

May 27, 2010
Brian Tallerico
Movie Retriever

You'd be advised to forget [REC] 2 even exists. Go watch the original if you've never seen it or even check out Quarantine. You'll be much better off.

Full Review Source: Movie Retriever

July 9, 2010
Nigel Floyd
Time Out
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Despite a few neat surprises, [Rec] 2 mainly expands on familiar images and ideas.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

May 27, 2010
Boyd van Hoeij
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A sequel to the Spanish cult hit that offers an explanation for something that was far more effective when left largely unexplained.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 3, 2009
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]

A rerun of the first film only with less tension, more gore and characters who behave a bit more stupidly.

Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK] | Original Score: 2/5

May 28, 2010
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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Frantic from the get-go, this new crop of zombie bait barrels through shadowy hallways and fends off waxen, emaciated attackers with such hysterical speed it's impossible to know -- or care -- whose face has just been chomped.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

July 9, 2010
Amy Nicholson
Boxoffice Magazine

The quality has deteriorated like a dubbed VHS.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

July 15, 2010
Harvey S. Karten

About as scary and convincing as the haunted car ride at Coney Island.

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: D

May 24, 2010
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies

The sequel only adds further gimmicks to the already gimmicky haunted house formula of the original.

Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies | Original Score: 1/4

July 8, 2010
Rob Nelson
Village Voice
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Contrived panic abounds, as do expiring camcorder batteries and expletive-laden variations on "Shoot it in the head!"

Full Review Source: Village Voice

July 6, 2010
Derek Malcolm
This is London

It doesn't match the original ... there is virtually no back story shown and the inhabitants of the block are by now too far gone even to be identified.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 2/5

June 3, 2010
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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Bloodthirsty zombies come out to play to diminishing effect in this DIY-style Spanish horror sequel.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

July 13, 2010
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

A mediocre third-generation copy of an idea that wasn't very new to begin with, and the addition of a supposedly rational explanation to the mix proves more hindrance than help.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: C

July 20, 2010
Dave White

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 4, 2011
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