Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit

1993, Musical/Comedy, 1h 46m

37 Reviews 250,000+ Ratings

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Sister Act is off-key in this reprise, fatally shifting the spotlight from Whoopi Goldberg to a less compelling ensemble of pupils and trading its predecessor's sharp comedy for unconvincing sentiment. Read critic reviews

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In this sequel, Las Vegas performer Deloris Van Cartier (Whoopi Goldberg) is surprised by a visit from her nun friends, including Sister Mary Patrick (Kathy Najimy) and Sister Mary Lazarus (Mary Wickes). It appears Deloris is needed in her nun guise as Sister Mary Clarence to help teach music to teens at a troubled school in hopes of keeping the facility from closing at the hands of Mr. Crisp (James Coburn), a callous administrator. Can Deloris shape the rowdy kids into a real choir?

Cast & Crew

Whoopi Goldberg
Deloris Van Cartier, Sister Mary Clarence
Kathy Najimy
Sister Mary Patrick
Barnard Hughes
Father Maurice
Maggie Smith
Mother Superior
Mary Wickes
Sister Mary Lazarus
Michael Jeter
Father Ignatius
Wendy Makkena
Sister Mary Robert
Sheryl Lee Ralph
Florence Watson
Robert Pastorelli
Joey Bustamente
Thomas Gottschalk
Father Wolfgang
Bill Duke
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James Orr
Screenwriter
Jim Cruickshank
Screenwriter
Judi Ann Mason
Screenwriter
Mario Iscovich
Executive Producer
Laurence Mark
Executive Producer
Christopher Meledandri
Executive Producer
Oliver Wood
Cinematographer
John Carter
Film Editor
Miles Goodman
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Critic Reviews for Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (30)

  • Even by sequel standards, a minimal amount of creativity has gone into "Sister Act 2," and not even the talents of its cast, including several likable young people, can compensate for this thrown-together feeling.

    June 3, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Considering how terribly resistible (to me, at least) last year's Sister Act was, the sequel seems like a movie miracle.

    June 3, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Why Whoopi took up the habit here is a mystery-unless she's tired of this part and wants to make sure there won't be any more "Sister Acts."

    June 3, 2020 | Rating: 0.5/4 | Full Review…
  • While the kids may sing a storm when at last they get down to mixing Beethoven, gospel and rap, in the good clean fun department this is monumentally weak and derivative.

    August 4, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • A singer's movie for the ages, one with virtually no contemporary rivals. It feels like a film that could have been made only by people who understand on an intuitive level why we sing in the first place.

    February 5, 2021 | Full Review…
  • It gave us a beautiful soundtrack with engaging performances and a story that while admittedly generic is extremely likable and easy cheer for.

    June 4, 2020 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit

  • Jun 23, 2011
    I love these films. Very funny! Whoopi Goldberg is hilarious! A must see!
    Bethany M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 07, 2010
    The movie was so-so, but I liked the soundtrack
    CivilZen H Super Reviewer
  • Aug 20, 2010
    Sister Act 2 wasn't as charming as the first, but if you're bored and you have nothing else to do this film will do just fine. Whoopi Goldberg dons the habit again to save her old school from closure by teaching music. It gave us a taste of an up-coming beautiful, and gifted young lady named Lauryn Hill. Seeing and hearing her at an early stage of her career was great. James Coburn hams it up as the villainous local authority chief Mr. Crisp who is determined to close the school.
    Deb S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2009
    Not as the first but Whoopi was realy nice as sister again.
    Arianeta L Super Reviewer

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