It's a pleasure to meet up again with Marion, the distractible, acerbic, New York-based French photographer played once more by Julie Delpy in 2 Days in New York.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
The film, which is about a chaotic 48 hours in Marion's life, succumbs to the chaos it depicts, and so undermines its best intentions. It is, all in all, a likable mess.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
We've rarely seen comedy this smart since Woody Allen and Seinfeld left New York.
Steve Rose - Guardian [UK]
A manic and funny, if ultimately frustrating, sequel.
Jess Righthand - Washington Post
Chatty, neurotic, maddeningly messy, often very funny, "New York" spins in a lunatic orbit of its own.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
Delpy's project of stripping the makeup from her charismatic screen persona extends, unfortunately, to a general slovenliness of technique.
Nick Pinkerton - Village Voice
Delpy and Rock click so well together that we'd much rather hang out at home with them, instead of racing around the city with sitcommish supporting characters.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
Julie Delpy has particularly impressed me over the years.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
The comedy works some of the time; the pathos, more so.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
Finds its comedy in the familiar annoyances of urban life (a contentious neighbor, random acts of vandalism), in the conflict between parents and siblings, but also in bigger, kookier, existential quandaries.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
The laughs come fast and breezy, just as Delpy intends.
Tom Long - Detroit News
A scattershot culture-clash comedy that goes down like yesterday's foie gras.
Justin Chang - Variety
Delpy's good at keeping Marion's complaints sharp and funny, rather than wan and whiny. Even so, the movie's a bumpy ride as her good farcical instincts vie with the yen for cheap laughs.
Farran Smith Nehme - New York Post
It's time for Delpy to leave Marion in New York for good and head back to Paris. Besides, the sausage is better there.
Linda Barnard - Toronto Star
While it's nowhere near a perfect film, 2 Days in New York is worth seeing, not only for the comedy but also for the realism of the smaller moments.
Amanda Mae Meyncke - Film.com
2 Days in New York plays like 2 years in Attica.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
The comedy in 2 Days in New York varies from uneven to failed. A lot of it isn't funny and some of what is, is overused.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
A tantalizing Franco-American stew for audiences with a taste for bawdy humor and nutty characters.
Todd McCarthy - Hollywood Reporter
At least we'll always have 2 Days in Paris.
Mary F. Pols - TIME Magazine
Julie Delpy is boundlessly appealing. And Chris Rock is acerbic fun. But the frenzied cross-cultural gags take the piss out of the real subject: how blood ties can turn love into a battlefield.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
"2 Days in Paris" is as self-assured as it is slight, a deliberate diversion whose winsome charms never run dry.
Sam Adams - Los Angeles Times
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Stephanie Zacharek - NPR.org
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
Neil Rosen - NY1-TV
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
- Miami Herald
Brent Simon - Shockya.com
- Austin Chronicle
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
This very funny, very smart comedy about New York intellectuals meeting a French invasion of sorts is much like a Woody Allen film, but it is written and directed by Julie Delpy.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Rock tries playing it straight, but can't help himself; Delpy is lovably daffy; the film has a breezy, honest air.
Jim Schembri - 3AW
This is a catastrophically unfunny sequel in which the possibilities for a French-American culture clash are quickly doomed by the cruelly unfunny dialogue and some very bad performances.
David Stratton - At the Movies (Australia)
I started out thinking this is really forced and then I thought it was really self consciously cute and then I thought it was really unfunny and then I got to the point of hating it and then I wanted her to die.
Margaret Pomeranz - At the Movies (Australia)
Episodic and sluggishly paced, 2 Days in New York has no drive and no story tension and for some that won't matter since the film's manic energy seems to derive from the fact that everyone here talks fast and loud and often...
Peter Galvin - sbs.com.au
Delpy seems fascinated by the way that time and life experience change people's perceptions and attitudes, but not their cores.
Cara Nash - FILMINK (Australia)
Julie Delpy's smartest move as a director is to feature Julie Delpy so prominently in her films. That endless reservoir of charm is drawn from yet again in her latest effort, an unnecessary but not unappealing sequel.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
Delpy is unlikely to set the world on fire with these farcical outings of the absurd, but it's a pleasure to see her back onscreen, doing what she loves.
Ed Gibbs - The Sunday Age
A misguided breezy offbeat sitcom, that visits all the wrong places."
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
A meandering, spineless set of comedic sketches. Much is made of things like the name Mingus rhyming with cunnilingus, part of the general tone of candid sexual referencing that jars - not because it's shocking but because it is pointless
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
In a misconceived dallying with culture clash, Julie Delpy's exploration in this disappointing follow up to 2 Days in Paris never even gets close to taking off
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
A witty, winning new comedy of relationships and culture-clash that eschews complicated plotting to instead luxuriate in a fresh, fun, wound-up energy all its own.
Brent Simon - Shared Darkness
Sitcom woes and hackneyed biography...
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Like Woody Allen on speed, only with neuroses flipped into cocksureness and everyone bickering, bickering, bickering until you want to reach into the screen and punch them all in the face. It's nails on a chalkboard.
Tricia Olszewski - Washington City Paper
The style is much looser and more prone to take stylistic chances (which, fortunately, pay off).
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
This ebullient domestic comedy fairly radiates with a runner's high.
Kimberley Jones - Austin Chronicle
[Delpy] and Rock, in the midst of free-flying French chaos, find a sweet chemistry together ...
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
Chris Rock shines in Julie Delpy's latest light and loose creation. But it's not on the same wonderful level as her Paris predecessor.
Clint O'Connor - Cleveland Plain Dealer
Chris Rock and Julie Delpy make an energetic, discombobulated, thoroughly 21st-century screwball comedy couple.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
[Delpy] makes New York, and Marion's crazy life, worth spending more than two days getting to know.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
It's a predictable sort of humor, but it's played with intelligence, wit, charm and, blissfully, very little pretense.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
"2 Days in New York" leaves you feeling drained. and its conclusion is very cliche. Not only could the movie have ended nearly 45-minutes beforehand, but it's like shaking a Magic-8 Ball and getting an "Ask again later" response.
Chris Sawin - Examiner.com
Much of the alleged humor is based on French-English language gags, or cultural differences or continental mores vs. the priggishness of Americans, but it's all more irritating than funny.
John Anderson - Newsday
The French, they are a funny race, oui? Well, on the evidence of Julie Delpy's sequel to her 2007 film '2 Days in Paris,' the answer is definitely non.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
With her new film, Delpy continues her theme -- children exhibiting different personalities around their parents -- but with a much better groundwork.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
A talky 'culture-clash' comedy that's more annoying than funny.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Alas, swapping cities has done little to spice up Delpy's sitcomish take on culture clash and familial tensions.
A.A. Dowd - Time Out Chicago
It's just a likable little movie without pretension to be anything more.
Brian Tallerico - HollywoodChicago.com
I can't think of another filmmaker who's shot her towel-clad dad, Albert Delpy, bending over with the family jewels prominently on display.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
Features exclusively annoying characters engaged in shenanigans that land a long way from any statement Delpy ineptly tries to make about love, family or death.
Matt Pais - RedEye
It's extremely funny, one of the funniest films of 2012, with a particularly winning style - far-fetched, extreme and nonstop.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
A matchless New York romantic comedy with language full of smarts and crudeness, 2 Days in New York brings audiences a hilarious 48-hour portrait of an atypical modern family.
Caitlin Colford - Paste Magazine
In a roundelay of familiar themes and people, writer-director-star Julie Delpy changes her objects of affection from Paris to New York
Marsha McCreadie - Film Journal International
The film too often stumbles through broad and predictable gags about language and cultural barriers.
Todd Jorgenson - Cinemalogue.com
An appealing fantasy depiction of cosmopolitan life in the heart of Manhattan.
Robert Levin - amNewYork
Relationship sequel has same formula, less zest than first.
S. Jhoanna Robledo - Common Sense Media
About six hours of those "2 Days in New York" don't work at all. And, coming as they do at the end, they tend to deflate the charm of the trip.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Whether the things that happen actually add up to a whole movie will be a matter of debate, depending on individual taste. I found it diverting, if not a lot more than that.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
2 DAYS IN PARIS is a really solid, accessible indie sleeper- and hopefully people will give it a chance
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
...illustrates the dangers of the comedy sequel.
Chris Barsanti - PopMatters
Without so much as a wink, it presents the French as racist, stinky, crude, self-absorbed, and obnoxious. It isn't a culture-clash comedy, so much as culture character assassination.
Tasha Robinson - AV Club
The film's jokes are occasionally unfunny and its tone is frequently shrill. But you know what? Life is occasionally unfunny and frequently shrill. This movie understands that.
Matt Singer - ScreenCrush
The screenplay - which was written by Delpy, Landeau and Nahon - has a jittery kind of honesty about it, which Rock and Delpy sometimes push to its limits.
Stephanie Zacharek - NPR
The film gets at a universal truth: everyone knows how to deal with their own crazy family, but dealing with the crazy family of your significant other takes some real adjustment.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
These two days skip by in a movie that plays like early Woody Allen, with Julie Delpy as the blonder, French-accented Keaton, this time the center of the action and very much in charge of the mess she makes around her.
Roger Moore - McClatchy-Tribune News Service
Julie Delpy's madcap touch is once more evident in the disheveled comedy and bracing, freeform mis-en-scene that plants organized chaos on the screen.
Kirk Honeycutt - honeycuttshollywood.com
A follow-up to the romantic 2 Days in Paris, this farcical comedy revolves around familial and cross-cultural clashes.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Phrases are misunderstood! Tolerance for Euro-libertine ways are tested! Tame encounters turn into terrifying humiliations, because the French are, like, so crazy!
David Fear - Time Out New York
Another genial but stubbornly generic comedy that breaches obvious material with ribald flavoring and rabid charm.
David Ehrlich - Boxoffice Magazine
Family mayhem becomes more embarrassing than funny, but there are enough chuckles and a few belly laughs to make this well-acted piece worth seeing.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
It's a bright, funny picture from the emerging director, who funnels a great deal of personal knowledge into her work, and that comfort shines on-screen.
Brian Orndorf - Blu-ray.com
As the cultural outrages and arguments escalate, I was increasingly grateful for the presence of Mingus, a necessary foil played by Rock as smart, sane, funny and at the end of his tether.
Jenny McCartney - Daily Telegraph
Mark Kermode - BBC Radio Five Live
If Woody Allen had been born a neurotic blonde Frenchwoman instead of a neurotic New Yorker, he might very well have come up with 2 Days in New York... but there simply aren't enough laughs to make the film more than mildly diverting.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
Delpy and Rock are naturally funny and the stuff good, lightweight sitcoms are made of.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
This zany and hilarious observation of human interaction is beautifully scripted, acted and timed with expert comic precision.
Lisa Giles-Keddie - Real.com
Chris Rock delivers a performance of unexpected nuance in Julie Delpy's personal, uproariously funny follow-up to 2 Days in Paris.
Shaun Munro - What Culture
With its hair-pulling, arse-baring and soul-selling it's often very funny and is certainly welcome respite from more saccharine takes on the subject matter.
Emma Simmonds - The List
Delpy... skillfully deploys her decidedly nonprecious quirk in order to slide some sly, wise observations about the compromises of all sorts of love and relationships into her funny slice of New York life.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
This culture clash comedy is sporadically funny, but lacks the bonhomie of its predecessor, taking pot shots at an array of predictable targets.
- Liverpool Echo
Every bit as witty and whimsical as the original, with an optimism about Obama-era liberalism that is both nuanced and hard-earned.
Anton Bitel - Film4
This is Delpy's picture and she handles the writing-directing-starring juggler's act well, showing an insightful eye for cross-cultural quirks and modern mores.
Raphael Abraham - Financial Times
If you enjoy films in which adults simply talk a lot, 2 Days will feel like a breath fresh air amid the current crop of releases.
Graham Young - Birmingham Post
Reflection reveals a warm heart, sweet nature, and contemporary sensibility.
Ashley Clark - Little White Lies
The set-up may feel a bit cheap, but Delpy doesn't belabour it, plunging us straight into zingy conversational back-and-forths where something crucial is always getting lost in translation.
- Daily Telegraph
The Woody Allen-ish romantic strivings of the original film are replaced by family bickering as everyone goes at each other in the cramped apartment, to diminishing effect or purpose.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
It's a charming and amusing relationship film that further cements Delpy as a filmmaker with a distinct comedic voice.
Simon Reynolds - Digital Spy
Enjoyable comedy sequel with a decent script and superb comic performances from an excellent cast, though it lacks the bite of her previous film and occasionally falls back on easy stereotyping.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Delpy has a sharp eye for cross-cultural comic clangers.
Cath Clarke - Time Out
Full of wit, intelligence and flair, once more Delpy has created a delightfully irresistible sort-of-romantic comedy.
Liz Beardsworth - Empire Magazine
Delpy's attempts to be France's Woody Allen continue apace with an appealing if variable exploration of her customary obsessions that finds Rock in rare deadpan mode.
Neil Smith - Total Film
Following in the footsteps of Richard Linklater...Julie Delpy continues to mine the romantic travails of her character Marion when an American boyfriend must contend with her French family in a sequel to 2007's "2 Days in Paris."
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
It keeps the entrances, exits, and misunderstandings rolling while rooting the action in emotions and character traits that are only slightly exaggerated for comic effect.
Elise Nakhnikian - Slant Magazine
An enormously entertaining and relatable family farce.
Kate Erbland - Film School Rejects
When the movie goes off the rails, there's little [Rock] can do to bring the movie back to its supposed romantic core.
Anthony Kaufman - Screen International