It manages to be giddily and merrily mind-boggling rather than confusing.
Janet Maslin - New York Times
The latest must-see, peer pressure, carve the logo on your head, designer blue jean experience.
Rita Kempley - Washington Post
Cleverly plotted, but commercially overloaded.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
The movie is fun, mostly because it's so screwy.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
By the end, you may feel that you've just sat through a feature-length commercial for both part one (which has to be seen to make this sequel comprehensible) and part three (a trailer for it literally ends part two).
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
Zemeckis' fascination with having characters interact at different ages of their lives hurts the film visually, and strains credibility past the breaking point, by forcing him to rely on some very cheesy makeup designs.
Variety Staff - Variety
one-half a very bad movie and one-half a very good movie
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Sure, [Back to the Future II] has a clunky first act - which takes place in a hilariously overblown futuristic society - but the film knows just how, and when, to entertain us, and it does so in spades.
R. L. Shaffer - IGN DVD
Lackluster yet benign time-travel sequel.
Sandie Angulo Chen - Common Sense Media
Taken as a pair, the first two films ask a number of unresolved and unresolvable questions about causality, order, and intention; and taken as a pair, they're also a hell of a lot of fun.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
The one thing the film got right was the crushed effect the media's growing omnipresence has had on human existence.
Eric Henderson - Slant Magazine
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Rory L. Aronsky - Screen It!
An ambitious film that fails to recreate the warmth or excitment of the first Back To The Future.
Dean Essner - Film4
Tom Tunney - Empire Magazine
There are definitely aspects of laziness to the script--jokes which haven't been fully considered, simpleminded characterizations, subplots which have no life outside of the narrative--but at the same time the movie has a spirit of exploration and daring,
Douglas Pratt - DVDLaser
The film works best through its magnificent technical achievements (the visual effects received an Oscar nomination) and the inherent charm of Fox, Lloyd and, especially, the delightfully menacing Thomas F. Wilson.
Dean Essner - TV Guide's Movie Guide
It turned off most viewers, but fascinated me.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
The relatively quaint and simple time travel arc from BTTF gets far more confusing and, in some ways, more fulfilling.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
It's impressive entertainment, and best of all, it never degenerates into Spielbergian sentimentality: you can laugh, be thrilled and think without feeling embarrassed.
Geoff Andrew - Time Out
Chuck O'Leary - Fantastica Daily
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Austin O'Connor - Lowell Sun
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
A weak, convoluted attempt to cash in on the original's charms.
Rob Thomas - Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Ryan Cracknell - Movie Views
Unfortunately, the story is not as novel or as funny the second time around.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Uneven but still enjoyable, delivers a darker scenario than the ending of the first film would imply.
Brian Mckay - eFilmCritic.com
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
Nicolas Lacroix - Showbizz.net
Tony Toscano - Talking Pictures (U.S.)
More frantic, noisy, and overproduced than funny
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Doesn't surpass the original, but tosses a whole lot of gee-whiz gizmos and concepts at the screen. It's a whole lot of fun.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
'De Volta Para o Futuro 2' e uma continuacao a altura do original e merece ser visto - antes que o velho Biff altere tudo novamente.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Part II incorporates both the staple features of the first film and, at its base, a more mature theme. The film is ridden with questionable violence, and contains an awkward moment of Oedipal frustration.
Rumsey Taylor - Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Has the spirit, but it lacks the heart of the original film, and more importantly, much of the humor.
Chris Hicks - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
The film ultimately relies on too many cheesy make-up routines in which characters play their older (and female!) selves which makes it not exactly the best movie in this series.
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page
The idea and the execution is so good that you could applaud.
William Gallagher - BBC