Robocop 2


Robocop 2

Critics Consensus

A less satisfying rehash that generally lives down to the negative stereotype of sequels, RoboCop 2 tries to deliver more of everything and ends up with less.



Total Count: 36


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A new drug has surfaced in the crime-laden city of Detroit, causing crime to reach preposterous proportions so the laboratory inventors of Robocop (1) go back to their drawing boards and come up with a super version, Robocop 2--more powerful than its predecessor and therefore more capable of handling the problems afoot. Unfortunately something goes wrong with the new Robocop and it goes nuts. The original Robocop (Peter Weller) has to battle not only the evils of the street, it must defeat its new demented "brother."

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Peter Weller
as Robocop
Nancy Allen
as Anne Lewis
Felton Perry
as Donald Johnson
Belinda Bauer
as Juliette Faxx
John Glover
as Magnavolt Salesman
Leeza Gibbons
as Jess Perkins
Mario Machado
as Casey Wong
John Ingle
as Surgeon General
Patricia Charbonneau
as Lab technician Garcia
Willard E. Pugh
as Mayor Kuzak
Jeff McCarthy
as Holzgang
Lila Finn
as Old Woman
John Hateley
as Purse Snatcher
Wallace Merck
as Gun Shop Owner
Linda Thompson
as Mother with Baby
Lily Chen Ching
as Desperate Woman
Eric Glenn
as Injured Cop
Erik Cord
as Angry Citizens
George Cheung
as Gillette
Tzi Ma
as Tak Akita
Gary Bullock
as Hack Doctor
Angie Bolling
as Ellen Murphy
Fabiana Udenio
as Sunblock Woman
Ken Lerner
as Delaney
Yogi Baird
as Contortionist
Jerry Nelson
as Darren Thomas
Woody Watson
as OCP Security
Ed Geldhart
as Electronic Store Owner
David Dwyer
as Little League Coach
Adam Faraizl
as Little League Kid
James McQueens
as Dr. Weltman
Robert DoQui
as Sgt. Reed
Michael Weller
as OCP Security
Richard Reyes
as Angry Citizen
Charles Bailey
as Angry Citizen
Jo Perkins
as Angry Citizen
Ed Geldart
as Electronics Store Owner
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Critic Reviews for Robocop 2

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Audience Reviews for Robocop 2

  • Sep 11, 2018
    It's not so much that it's terrible, it's just that it's disappointing after the immeasurable success of the original movie.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 25, 2016
    Paul Verhoeven doesn't return to direct "RoboCop 2," instead it's Irvin Kershner, most famous for directing "The Empire Strikes Back." A lot of the same themes from the first film are present in the second, but this "RoboCop" seems extremely congested with subplots and none are all that satisfying. Weller returns as Alex Murphy/RoboCop and Nancy Allen also returns as his partner Annie Lewis. Not at all worth the time for any of the scenes in the movie, even the few moments Murphy starts to stalk his ex-wife because his memories are flooding back.
    Joseph B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 02, 2015
    RoboCop 2 starts off to be a somewhat good action movie, then... there are a lot of scenes that are just bad. For Example bad C.G.I, even for 1990, a few plot holes, scenes that make no sense and some bad acting. Nevertheless the action scenes are good. If you are a person like me, who like the first RoboCop movie then I don't recommend seeing the sequel. But if you enjoy 1990's action films then you might enjoy this movie. I will rate this movie a 4 out of 10.
    Steve G Super Reviewer
  • Aug 12, 2014
    "RoboCop Episode II: The Detroit Police Department Strikes Back". You know, it's corny stretches like that which probably drove Irvin Kershner to, upon completing this film, sit back and think, "Man, what am I doing with my directorial abilities?". He bailed out of that part of the film business, and I wouldn't be surprised if it's because he knew what people were going to always remember about him as a filmmaker. Man, you know that they got him this gig because he's used to working with men they had to turn into cyborgs in order to make him a stronger figure of authority. I can just see RoboCop and Darth Vader hanging out in a cantina, sharing some motor oil, or whatever it is that androids drink, and joking about how kids these days are getting wimpier, what with Anakin's kid complaining enough about just getting his hand cut off. RoboCop wished that it ended with his hand getting blown off, and I'd imagine a couple of people wish the same thing, because they were running enough risks for stupidity with just one "RoboCop" movie. Well, don't worry... that one guy left after me who still hasn't seen this film, because this sequel gets by, though not without some bumps. The predecessor hit its share of tropes, sure, but in so many ways, it was truly original, and with this sequel, that originality has begun to expire, and it doesn't help that the narrative is, at the very least, as formulaic as the predecessor, with conventions that are harder to ignore, due to the lack of freshness, and the conformity to cheesily problematic tropes. Just in time for the turn into the '90s, this film proves to be more of a generic '80s action film than its predecessor, complete with trite dialogue and cornball comic relief, as well as action about as over the top as many narrative attributes. More so than the predecessor, this film ought to feel inconsequential as an action fluff piece, and more often than not, it is just that, but it sometimes incorporates dramatic touches which are noble, yet leave the film to take itself too seriously, at least enough to drive inconsistency in tone, and stress the limitations of the story concept. Again, on the whole, this is inconsequential action fluff, and although it is plenty of fun, with some surprisingly compelling occasions, there shouldn't be much to it, and it grows harder and harder to deny that the more the film tries to keep busy. Clocking in just shy of two hours, and therefore being longer than its predecessor, this film, to be so inconsequential, is too long, and when it isn't bloated with totally expendable filler, it's taking on ultimately expendable layers which lead to certain focal inconsistencies and wear down momentum to aimlessness, despite all of the predictability. Overblown, this film tries to be memorable, and it ultimately offer plenty of memorable, fun moments, but the conventions, cheese, unevenness and overall inconsequentiality render the final product even more underwhelming than a predecessor which let down some potential. Still, the point is that this film is plenty of fun if you can take it for what it is, and even embrace its script for what it is. There's both too much and not much to Wallon Green's and action comic legend and first-time screenwriter Frank Miller's thin and cheesy, yet still draggy and uneven script, but as excessive as the narrative is altogether, every set piece is tight, with enough dynamicity and material to hold your attention, despite a lack of depth. If there is some humanity here, then it's found in the cast, that is, to an extent, as there is some overacting within the supporting cast, but the leads do a decent job, with the surprisingly unevenly used Peter Weller projecting a presence of authority, punctuated by some arguably unfitting subtlety to dramatic projections which are actually pretty effective. Weller helps in giving the film a heart, but at the end of the day, it is all about the fluff, and in order for that to work, this film needs to look at, not so much storytelling proficiency, but technical proficiency. Sure enough, while this film doesn't do as much as one might expect to up the spectacle of the last film, the effects, in spite of some dating, are well-conceived and flashy, helping in immersing you in this futuristic world. Of course, the technical value most immerses you in the action, which is about as solid as it was in the predecessor, with tight, dynamic staging and explosive visuals to mark heights in tension and even entertainment value to Irvin Kershner. You can see Kershner's directorial inspiration slipping with this, his final directorial performance, and quite frankly, I never thought he was an especially strong filmmaker, but he's always known entertainment value, and he sure knows how to showcase that here, with enough colorful scene structuring and attention to solid technicality to sustain, if nothing else, a fun factor through and through. This film isn't quite up to par with an already underwhelming predecessor, but I don't feel that it descends as far from the bar as many are saying, keeping up that entertainment value enough be a fun, if nevertheless inconsequential action flick. Altogether, the film is nothing new, but it is plenty cheesy, and even then, it sometimes takes itself too seriously to keep consistent with tone, just as it's too overlong to keep consistent with focus, making it harder to deny the inconsequentiality which secures the final product as underwhelming, but lively scripting, charismatic performances, flashy effects, solid action and entertaining direction make "RoboCop 2" a fun, worthy follow-up to a classic, if also flawed action thriller. 2.5/5 - Fair
    Cameron J Super Reviewer

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