Clerks II Reviews

  • If you're a fan of Clerks... then you'll probably want to see Clerks II.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • What makes Clerks II both winning and (somewhat unexpectedly) moving is its fidelity to the original Clerks ethic of hanging out, talking trash and refusing all worldly ambition.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • The laughs are still there.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • Kevin Smith has grown up, even if his films haven't. That might explain why Clerks II can't quite decide how old it wants to act.

    Scott Bowles — USA Today

  • Clerks II finds Smith up to the profane, raunchy, profoundly humanist mischief of which he alone is the master.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • Has Kevin Smith gone soft?

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • Smith's heart is in it, but it's sort of a broken heart now; Clerks II feels as though it was made by a man who needs a change but isn't permitted to make one.

    Robert Wilonsky — Village Voice

  • Though Clerks II is in color, the acting is just as amateurish and the directing just as awkward as the black-and-white original. Dawson gives the only competent performance, and only Becky and the abused donkey are sympathetic characters.

    Jack Mathews — New York Daily News

  • Clerks II is neither the best nor the worst installment in Smith's Jersey-centric 'askewniverse,' but fans will find plenty to feed their obsession.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • Clerks II repeats all the charms and flaws of the original with a far less forgivable outcome, since Smith is now in a position to do far better.

    Michael Booth — Denver Post

  • OK, Kevin Smith. All is forgiven. Obviously, Jersey Girl was just a silly aberration. You not only have not lost your comedic touch -- you've taken it to new heights.

    Bill Zwecker — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Clerks II is more sentimental and ruder than its predecessor, though its brand of raunch tends to curdle halfway out of the characters' mouths.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Kevin Smith's sequel to his 1994 indie classic about two aimless New Jersey buddies is as dead-end as their jobs.

    Andrea Gronvall — Chicago Reader

  • Here the storytelling, Smith's great strength, is 90 percent riff and 10 percent theme. Shouldn't the characters be more memorable than the punch lines?

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • For a guy who will evermore be associated with slackers, Kevin Smith is quite the dynamo.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Clerks II is dumb. Clerks II is brilliant. Clerks II is a rehash. Clerks II is surprisingly fresh. Clerks II will disappoint you at the same time that it keeps you fully entertained.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • I don't think Smith could have made a worse movie if he tried, and keep in mind, I've seen Jersey Girl.

    Bill Muller — Arizona Republic

  • Clerks II strikes its deepest chords when it appeals to the emotional security of a passionately provincial status quo.

    Andrew Sarris — New York Observer

  • If Clerks II doesn't have quite the scabrous kick of its predecessor, the chance to revisit a classic premise must have renewed the writer in Smith, whose banter here often achieves a sharpness and quality.

    Justin Chang — Variety

  • Not that Butch and Sundance (or even Harold and Kumar) are going to sweat their place in the buddy movie hall of fame.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

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