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
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
While it's the sadness of the aging geek that resonates most potently throughout Clerks II, the movie itself is far too glib to let anything that bleak get close enough to the surface to bubble over and stain the counter.
Geoff Pevere - Toronto Star
For casual fans of writer-director Kevin Smith, his new film, Clerks II, feels a little like the new Pirates of the Caribbean -- a similar wet fizzle of a sequel for sequel's sake -- but what do we know?
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
Smith, an inherent optimist, has made a movie full of crude humor that also manages to explore the enduring qualities of friendship.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
Despite not achieving the level of the original...this is the most amusing comedy to arrive in months.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Smith is able to revert to his low-budget origins and strike a genuine sequel.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
Smith won't win any new converts with Clerks II, but he'll satisfy the devoted core audience.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
All is well with the Clerks world when these stoners take the screen... and prove that guys can grow old and stay immature forever.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Brent Simon - Shared Darkness
What's truly unforgivable is the willful regression
Fernando F. Croce - CinePassion
More Empire than Jedi.
Rob Nelson - Film Comment Magazine
Notably dubbed as the "gayest film ever" when it premiered at Cannes, "Clerks II" is nonetheless a slight improvement on Smith's original film.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Devin Faraci - CHUD
Brian Marder - Hollywood.com
Bob Mondello - NPR.org
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
Clerks II will resonate with viewers in Smith's age range (mid-thirties) in a way that goes beyond comedy.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
Smith sadly de-evolves much of the groundwork he laid for "Clerks" and its characters and then, like a game of Jenga, smashes it all down by basically setting them up as typical Hollywood concepts...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Smith's attempt to get all introspective about growing up yields a plot that is at core rather mawkish and cliched - but when it comes to writing hilariously juvenile lines, he still has the old magic.
Anton Bitel - Eye for Film
Deliberately disgusting, scatological, profane and vulgar, which makes this critic a bit embarrassed to admit that he found himself frequently laughing out loud at such offensive and obscene material.
Kam Williams - Upstage Magazine
Philip French - Observer [UK]
Dean Essner - Film Threat
While Jay has always introduced Silent Bob as his "hetero life mate," it is actually Randall that is connected to Dante. It's obvious that he will miss his friend, and Anderson makes us miss him too.
Michael A. Smith - Nolan's Pop Culture Review
Don R. Lewis - Soundwaves Cinema
...Probably the funniest film Smith has done since the original - it's chock full of childish humour and witty observations on pop-culture - but there's something real beneath all of that as well. Something, dare it be said, touching.
Joe Utichi - FilmFocus
Coco Forsythe - Future Movies UK
Somewhere underneath the filth, Clerks II is really a very sweet movie about growing up.
Paul Arendt - BBC
... as humorous as diphtheria.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
While the film is rude and raucous throughout, it doesn't have a bad bone in its body, providing a joyous, celebratory swansong for the beloved characters.
Chris Tilly - Time Out
Despite a handful of great jokes, this is ultimately disappointing - it's badly plotted, badly acted and occasionally downright embarrassing.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Dean Essner - Sydney Morning Herald
...less profound than it is uneven, an intermittently satisfying mix.
Todd Jorgenson - Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
Raunch only works well if there is an undercurrent of substance at hand to lift the bottom feeding. "Clerks II" has no problem plunging into its messy depths while also, somehow, generating a groundswell of affection for its messy characters.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
A film with both fart and heart, and is highly recommended for the willing and able.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
The duds-to-gags ratio is way too high and the general aesthetic (visual and verbal) way too crummy.
Bryant Frazer - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
Yes, it's clunky, silly and often downright obscene. But there's a depth of character that makes it well worth seeing.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Smith's politically incorrect references are never malicious or fueled by anger.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
The mildest and sweetest of the Jay and Silent Bob canon.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Clerks II is just as raucous, rude, crude, vulgar, random, and shockingly funny as you would expect, but it is also surprisingly moving at times.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
You can't go home again. But it sure is nice to visit.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
I loved "Clerks" and I was reluctant to see "Clerks II," but Smith manages to revisit his stomping grounds in genuine sophomoric fashion, while leaving it with a nostalgic maturity at the same time.
Angela Baldassarre - Sympatico.ca
The adolescent vulgarities are just a smokescreen for a more serious discussion of a kind of mid-life crisis.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Randal and Dante were funny 12 years ago; now they look and sound like MySpace predators.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
While the film isn't nearly his best, it's undeniable fun to see the clerks ranting again and rattling off the kind of raunchy, spot-on observations only Smith could think up.
Bob Grimm - Reno News and Review
This joyous jeer-athon, filled with...dirty-word laden depth and instantly quotable moments... is a love letter to the unbridled ecstasy in speaking one's mind.
Bill Gibron - DVD Verdict
Wouldn't it have been nice just to wonder whatever happened to Dante and Randal? Instead, Clerks II gives us answers.
Melissa Farrar - Premiere Magazine
Most of the dialogue is geared towards young teenagers who mindlessly argue about things that really don't matter in real life.
Michael Black - ReviewExpress.com
It's a horrible sequel, on par with, say, Caddyshack II in terms of desperation and comic failure.
David Cornelius - eFilmCritic.com
...Lewdness for lewdness sake...
Steven Snyder - Zertinet Movies
I can't say I've spent the last dozen years desperate to catch up with these guys. But it's nice to have them around again.
Jonathan R. Perry - Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
Simply a pretty darn good, utterly and honestly raunchy comedy with a heart like Minnie the Moocher's -- as big as a whale.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Even as the lone wolf reviewer who considers Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back a guilty pleasure of the most shameless order, it saddens me that I can't offer Kevin Smith's latest Jersey hurl similar props.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Smith has nothing original left to say and no original ways left to say it.
Sean O'Connell - Charlotte Weekly
Ultimately, Smith finally achieves that perfect balance between humor and heart that he's been dancing towards with all his films.
Mark Bell - Film Threat
I like these characters a lot.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
It has a more authentic everyday feel than a lot of movies. But it's also very talky and philosophical for a comedy, which would be okay, except the philosophy is kind of shallow.
Roger Ebert - Ebert & Roeper
Although it's as funny as any movie this summer, Clerks II has to struggle to achieve the level of universality that the original "Clerks" seemed to hit effortlessly.
Dan Fienberg - Zap2it.com
A more than worthy display of Smith's ear for dialogue, pop-culture intelligence, and ability to push the envelope of decency to the breaking point, and, yes, it is utterly hilarious in an alternately gut-busting and wry sort of way.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
skewers political correctness within a profane framework that unwaveringly champions middle class values with an infectious verve
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
Clerks II's sound look at stunted growth doesn't get around that these personalities are less likable in their 30s than in their 20s.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Smith still has nothing to say, at least nothing printable, either as writer/director or as the dumb (as opposed to dumber) half of Jay and Silent Bob.
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
'Today is the first day of the rest of our lives,' says Randal, but 'Clerks II' suggests withdrawal rather than momentum.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Kevin Smith heads back behind the counter for the amusing but largely unnecessary sequel to his 1994 hit.
Ethan Alter - Film Journal International
some very funny stuff, but also a lot of crass, juvenile humor, profanity, bad acting and a desire to shock rather than to entertain.
Sean McBride - Sean the Movie Guy
Just like the new Star Wars trilogy before it, my youth has been raped once more by another large man sporting a beard. Thankfully this one doesn't wear flannel.
Michael Ferraro - Film Threat
Tasteless, toxic re-hash of the original
Susan Granger - Modamag.com
Jonathan W. Hickman - Entertainment Insiders
The movie feels as if Smith the writer-director is saying farewell to some old friends, that it is time to move on to other adventures and pack away those childish things.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Vic Holtreman - ScreenRant
The turning point is Dante's serious conversation with Becky about his future plans. From there, the movie finds its narrative center and becomes a real story about real people and, suddenly, you find you even care about Randal.
Rubin Safaya - Cinemalogue.com
It's hard to believe anyone could actually be offended by the material. Still, it's not for everyone and the film is better off without those sticks in the mud.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Clerks II is still a treat, and should be appreciated as one of the few films to take the idea of leaving your extended adolescence behind with respect and dignity, even if it's sandwiched between sequences of a man having sex with his donkey.
Brian Orndorf - FilmJerk.com
[Smith] has found a way to connect to an audience that prizes his scruffy sensibility and geek love. This film is evidence that he loves them back.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Dean Essner - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Dean Essner - Bullz-Eye.com
Dean Essner - Baltimore Sun
The film's loose structure incorporates a little bit of everything... About the only thing conspicuously absent is political correctness.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
has a huge been-there-done-that factor as Smith tries to recreate the magic of the original
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
The question to be answered is: Is Clerks II something that is watchable for those who are unfamiliar with Kevin Smith "Askewniverse?" No.
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
When it's on, it's really on: sharp, funny and geeky, just like you remember.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
[Dante and Randal] are still minimum-wage slaves working in the service industry, where ignoring and abusing the customer is second nature, and they are still as profane, politically incorrect, and vulgar as ever. It's a beautiful thing.
Pam Grady - Reel.com
Funny, flip, frequently shocking, sometimes appalling, and always engaging.
Randy Shulman - Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
The patchy work of a director stuck in an uncomfortable purgatory between his old-school comedic crassness and newfound dramatic mushiness.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
Dave White - Movies.com
Clerks II is as insightful a comedy about reluctantly growing up in modern-day America as you're likely to see this year. Attend it with your best friend from childhood, even if his name's Dupree.
Bob Strauss - Los Angeles Daily News
Clerks II is neither awful enough to go berserk about, nor good enough to recommend, even to hardcore cultists.
Bruce Kirkland - Jam! Movies
Some gags are hilarious, others flat, but the scatological mood is worth the visit.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
A dozen years later, Clerks II has a much higher budget -- but, happily, the same snarky attitude and snappy slacker repartee.
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
There is grist for comedy there, of course, though I don't know if anything Smith conjures (watch out for the promiscuous donkey), is quite as funny as seeing Dante and Randal (Jeff Anderson) aged and fattened some 12 years.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
They say you can't go home again, but writer-director Kevin Smith didn't get the memo.
Jeff Shannon - Seattle Times
Whatever your expectations, they will almost certainly be exceeded by Smith's hilarious and creative return to low-budget cinema.
Peter Hartlaub - San Francisco Chronicle
It's funny and poignant and not for the easily offended.
Lee Grant - San Diego Union-Tribune
I'm a Kevin Smith fan, but these characters are getting tired. He needs some new material, because he's done all he can do (and more) with this bunch.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
You have to wonder how long Smith plans to hang out in front of the big-screen Quick Stop, telling the same kind of jokes and copping the same old attitudes.
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
Clerks II has at last put Kevin Smith on my radar.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
The point of Clerks, either number, is talk -- speedy, competitive, clever banter that recalls, in its profane way, the rhythms of old Ben Hecht comedies.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
Although it has, hands down, the single funniest scene of the summer, Clerks II is a roadside bomb in the culture war.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
If you laughed a lot at the irreverence and wackiness of Clerks, ditto Clerks II. Isn't that's all you can ask of a sequel?
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Kevin Smith proves that the combination of minimum-wage misery and vivid vulgarity still packs a punch, as long as it's done right.
Marc Mohan - Oregonian
Clerks II is not a return to the roots. It's just a cartoonish trip in the way-back machine outfitted with a questionable moral.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
... Clerks II is mostly appealing in its familiarity, from the rat-a-tat cussing to the cameos from Smith's repertory company to the extended riffing on Star Wars and geek culture.
Nathan Rabin - AV Club
Twelve years after Kevin Smith arrived on the film scene with the profane and hilarious Clerks, he returns with a bookend sequel which shows he's grown up as well.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
With apologies to the much discussed donkey show, perhaps best among the random bits is a rant, delivered by Randal, about reclaiming the phrase "porch monkey."
Brent Simon - FilmStew.com
Clerks II would make for an appropriate end to Smith's lackluster career.
Jordan Reed - Boxoffice Magazine
Though it will be of little interest to anyone who has never seen its predecessor, Clerks II should delight Smith's fans.
Connie Ogle - Miami Herald
Just as Clerks was Smith's statement of misspent youth, Clerks II is his declaration that your 30s is when you have to find your path and start moving.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
As long as all easily offended souls stay away from Clerks II, everyone ought to be happy.
Mary F. Pols - Contra Costa Times
Clerks II is a perfect example of what a sequel should be. It takes characters and situations that were created in the original, then expands and deepens them.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
What [Smith] knows, better than anyone out there, is how rudely funny and deliriously self-deluding those types can be.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Smith may be an acquired taste, but Clerks II is his most consistently funny film since the first Clerks, a dozen years ago.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Frankly, there's something more than a little sad about the spectacle of men blowing through their thirties with the same aimless torpor they brought to bear on their twenties: The future is catching up to Dante and Randal, and it's not a pretty sight.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
My only lingering question is this: Is the ending a serious and legit scene of true male bonding, or is it another ***** slap at The Lord of the Rings' suspiciously effeminate denouement?
Mike Ward - Richmond.com
So is Clerks II as good as its predecessor? Not as good, but pretty doggoned close (or as Randal would say, pretty @%$#& close).
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
... more of the same, with just a hint of soul searching between the pop-culture wrestling matches and scatological tirades.
Sean Axmaker - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
With Smith, you have to take the crass with the inspired, but unlike Quentin Tarantino, Smith has something to say. Sometimes it's worth sitting through a ton of sick jokes to hear it. Clerks II is one of those times.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
A big fat value meal stuffed with profane ravings, in-joke movie geekery, and virtually non-stop raunch -- but somewhere in Act III, Clerks 2 also gets a little ... sweet. And it actually works.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
When film theorists of the future take stock of Kevin Smith's oeuvre, here's hoping Clerks II is remembered as the worthless travesty that cemented the auteur's irrelevancy.
John Thomason - Orlando Weekly
But Smith's also infused Clerks II with an unexpected amount of heart and sweetness, resulting in an emotional payoff that one would never have anticipated from the filmmaker.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Smith's commentary track for the new "Road House" DVD is riotous -- it's got more laughs than his past two films combined.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
Another raunchily funny, mildly sad and brutally candid purging of [Smith's] demons and dreams.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
Fans of the original movie will applaud this resumption of their antiheroes' insulting customer service and often outrageously frank gab about life and sex.
M. K. Terrell - Christian Science Monitor
This movie put a broad smile on my face, virtually from the start.
Scott Foundas - L.A. Weekly
A bit warm, fuzzy, and soft ... it forms the surprising heart of an outwardly bawdy film.
Jeffrey Chen - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
It's easy to rag on Clerks II for all the same reasons critics bag all of Smith's movies, but it's impossible to deny the fun that Clerks II ultimately is.
Jeff Otto - IGN Movies
Unless you're a die-hard fan who hangs on Smith's every word (or Silent Bob's every expression), the proper response to Clerks II is 'No Sale.'
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Juvenile? Yes. Silly? Yes. But it's also often hilarious.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
If you're looking for the funny Kevin Smith more than you are the sappy Kevin Smith, you shouldn't be disappointed.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
Makes a surprisingly convincing case for Dante and Randal as characters worthy of a revisit once a decade.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Smith manages to navigate these rather traditional plot threads with a kind of irreverent glee, splashing into them like a kid into a mud puddle.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Joel Meares - Filmcritic.com
(Kevin Smith) Fans young, old, and ten thousand strong on MySpace (yes, they're listed after the credits) will get every penny's worth...
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
Clerks II is much better than most might expect, a sign that the slacker flag may be slightly older and slightly wiser, but is still flying high.
Dean Essner - E! Online
Clerks II brings Smith back to his roots, and his strengths as a writer-director.
Bob Townsend - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Not just an all-around growth experience for Kevin Smith and his characters but a film that is in several ways actually better than the original.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
Clerks II will find Kevin Smith's detractors saying that the filmmaker simply regurgitates the past, while his loyal fan base will applaud his return to the tried and true.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
[Director/writer Kevin] Smith is out to shock, titillate and entertain you and pretty much succeeds.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
...has the most hearty laughs of any film this year, and turns out to be a fitting and surprisingly touching ode to thirtysomething underachievers.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
Kevin Smith has done it again. Clerks II is his Temple of Doom... The emotional parts of Clerks II are like the satanic parts of Temple of Doom. I mean that in the most positive way.
Fred Topel - Can Magazine
The slackers of Clerks have lost their wiseass flannel-shirted charm in Kevin Smith's feeble attempt to translate his day-in-the-life-of '90s cult film to 2006.
Alexa Weibel - Newsday
I like trashy humor, but there is not much here to chuckle at.
Danny Minton - Beaumont Journal
If you go in simply expecting the movie to be better than Jersey Girl, you're not likely to be disappointed -- but you won't be blown away, either.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
Smith's hyperliterate lead-assed wiseacres deserve their place in indie-movie history, no doubt, but when even the fart jokes fail to pop, it may be time to draw the curtain.
Andrew Wright - The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Wickedly irreverent and bone-tickling funny.
Jeanne Aufmuth - Palo Alto Weekly
What was scabrously funny and charmingly amateurish in the 1994 black-and-white Clerks is now less so in the color bigger-budgeted sequel, a mediocre follow-up to a zeitgeist film that was a personal-aesthetic manifesto.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Lacking the grubby authenticity of its predecessor, the movie feels clueless and out of touch. Sometimes you can't go home again.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
The most hilarious, emotionally honest and poetic (yes, poetic) film Kevin Smith has ever made.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
A tender, scabrous and very, very funny comedy that picks up 12 years after the original.
Damon Wise - Empire Magazine
...this is a solid movie with laughs galore, pop-culture references galore, vulgarity and sexual connotations galore and even a cute romance...
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