An act of nose-thumbing that never quite figures out how, or even where, to position its thumb.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Perhaps, in a rare instance of subtle social satire, this film is being released on July 4 to remind America of the high cost of freedom of speech.
Elvis Mitchell - New York Times
If you took out all the jokes about bodily fluids, the movie could run five minutes instead of 83, and we could all go home.
Mike Clark - USA Today
It's a lot more tightly focused than the first outing.
Michael O'Sullivan - Washington Post
A pocket of infection on the skin of the American body cultural.
Stephen Hunter - Washington Post
Just a bunch of spotty sketches slapped together that will satisfy no one except the diehards.
Loren King - Boston Globe
This time Wayans and company don't so much lampoon their targets as ineptly copy them.
Dennis Lim - Village Voice
It shows no particular insight into the movies or cultural phenomena being mocked.
Eric Harrison - Houston Chronicle
When did comedy become so lazy?
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
Because there is little scene-by-scene coherence, the story becomes little more than the sum of its 'quotes.'
Steven Rosen - Denver Post
Scary Movie 2 isn't scary, funny-scary, or even just plain funny.
Peter Rainer - New York Magazine
Wanders from joke to joke with not enough narrative -- or blood -- to make it all stick together.
Robert K. Elder - Chicago Tribune
Boring, and decidedly misogynistic.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
The film never really regains the opening scene's momentum.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Robert Koehler - Variety
So desperately unfunny that you wish someone would sue for false advertising.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
Since the first film, which came out only last year, exhausted the supply of Scream-I Know What You Did Last Summer-Halloween and Friday the 13th gags, Scary 2 is just leftovers.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Predictable but only occasionally amusing.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
The picture wastes barely a second heading straight into the toilet.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
Watching Scary Movie 2 is like Chinese water torture -- you start dreading the next drip long before it drops.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
Aside from a few genuinely funny gags, this motion picture represents an 80-minute exercise into tedium that does little more than re-hash the first outing.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Well-made and directed with finesse by old pro Keenen Ivory Wayans.
David Hunter - Hollywood Reporter
The problem is that Wayans and his raft of writers, including his brothers Marlon and Shawn, who are also among the film's stars, begin on such an extreme, in-your-face note that they have no place to go.
Kevin Thomas - Los Angeles Times
Dean Essner - Digital Spy
Dumb humor, insults and gallons of bodily fluids.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
This is nothing compared to the original "Scary Movie" at all.
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Dean Essner - Ebert & Roeper
Sean O'Connell - Eclipse Magazine
Mark Halverson - Sacramento News & Review
Scarily awful -- this spoof horror franchise needs a stake driven through its heart, and quick...
Alan Morrison - Empire Magazine
Perhaps if you send them a stamped, self-addressed envelope they'll tell us why this was thought to be funny.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
It shows no understanding of or insight into the genre it's attempting to parody, nor indeed of cinema in general.
Dean Essner - Time Out
Dean Essner - Film Threat
We can only hope this excrement masquerading as humor will bury the gross-out genre once and for all.
Judith Egerton - Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
Dean Essner - Hollywood.com
Basically just a bunch of silly spoof scenes cobbled together around a thin premise, it allows the Wayans brothers to have fun in the way a group of kids might have fun with a video camcorder, except with a multi-million-dollar budget.
John R. McEwen - Film Quips Online
If you didn't like the first one, stay away, but if you got a few good chuckles out of it, you'll get more of the same with the sequel. I guess it's a matter of personal (bad) taste.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
In a classic 'too many cooks' scenario, Scary Movie 2 never manages to put even the semblance of a plot together.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
the opening 15 minutes was absolutely gut-wretchingly hysterical. I laughed more at this second film than I did at the first one...
Michael Szymanski - Zap2it.com
Dean Essner - Boston Phoenix
The creators of Scary Movie 2 have forgotten one crucial fact about the horror genre--for every Scream 2 there are twenty Blair Witch 2s.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
It's just terrible, with long stretches in which the sea of writers don't even try to insert any humour, followed by an attempted joke that doesn't work on any level.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
...it does have one redeeming attribute: brevity.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
That the first film's primary target/model was Scream and that this one's is The Haunting says everything about its creative bankruptcy.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
The film had eleven writers. I don't see why it needed any. It's unstructured, plotless, and even the truly funny moments are merely juvenile stabs in the dark.
Ian Waldron-Mantgani - UK Critic
More of the same...only less funny.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
Filme producto de la excesiva comercializacion que tuvo su predecesor
Jorge Avila Andrade - Moviola
If you haven't seen the target film, not only is it not funny, it becomes totally pointless.
Jason Korsner - BBC
Dean Essner - Irish Times
It's the wackiness of the whole thing that makes it work.
Emily Blunt - Blunt Review
Yes, there are laughs, but they're sporadic, with a lot of the jokes being regurgitated from the original.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
fast-paced, sloppy, and pretty dumb, but it's over quickly
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Lacks the humor, invention and auto-critique of the first film.
Eric Monder - Film Journal International
"worth a rental"
Matt Easterbrook - Matt's Movie Reviews
The proceedings mainly revolve around sexual and bathroom humour, and - depending on your tastes - this will either quickly grow tiresome, or will entertain you endlessly.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
Choppily edited and obviously rushed into theaters to make a quick, tidy profit.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
There are seven writers credited for Scary Movie 2. That's approximately two writers per laugh.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Never has a movie franchise fallen so far so fast.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Bodily functions and fluids serve as a thin clothesline for cheap laughs.
Gary Brown - Houston Community Newspapers
It should be said that Scary Movie fails on most of its essential levels, and therefore, is only worth seeing to support Tim Curry's and David Cross' careers.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
A truly awful movie -- at least twice as bad as the original.
Tim Cogshell - Boxoffice Magazine
"This repulsive, vulgar, disgusting, over-the-top horror spoof is early candidate for my WORST of 2001 list. It's slapdash, not slapstick."
Susan Granger - www.susangranger.com
The whole thing reeks of sequelitis, with an emphasis on the rude and crude.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
The scary part is that a sequel was made.
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
Most of the gags have to do with sex, none of it makes any sense and no one cares. And if it's not so surprising or clever as the first film, well, that's just predictable isn't it?
Cynthia Fuchs - Philadelphia City Paper
The movie plays just like the rush job it is.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Nothing about this film is likeable or entertaining.
Tony Toscano - Talking Pictures (U.S.)
The Wayans family certainly has comic smarts, but they're just slumming it here.
David Kronke - Los Angeles Daily News
The inevitable sequel delivers the same schtick, but it's only fresh by half.
John Monaghan - Detroit Free Press
You're better off renting the original and getting yourself a pizza....
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Watching this sad parade of scatological jokes is a humanity-robbing experience.
Dave Kehr - Citysearch
[The Wayans] are starting to suffer the malaise of overload that finally junked the films of Mel Brooks and the Zucker/Abrahams lampoons.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
Has a bigger budget and bigger stars, but it's not nearly as funny.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
Like its predecessor, it's as exuberant as it is puerile, oozing a cheeky energy that will make you forgive many things.
Tor Thorsen - Reel.com
This film doesn't have the overall hilarity of the first.
Jackie Loohauis - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Does a satisfying hatchet job on the spooky ... world of supernatural pictures.
Stephen Miller - TV Guide's Movie Guide
The film's genuine groaners and howlers are few and far between.
Louis B. Hobson - Jam! Movies
Another crude, barely-written hack job of a movie, even worse than its predecessor.
Mary F. Pols - Contra Costa Times
Most of it is incredibly, gleefully crude and tasteless, but it is also good-natured and harmless, and there's a pretty good chance you'll find yourself laughing.
M.V. Moorhead - New Times
This isn't a movie -- it's a vaudeville sketch aimed at the lowest common denominator.
Paul Clinton (CNN.com) - CNN.com
This outing doesn't seem to understand that any attempt to parody a parody tends to negate any potential laughs.
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
So remarkably shapeless you can imagine Shawn and Marlon hashing out scenes between presenters at last year's MTV Video Music Awards.
Wesley Morris - San Francisco Chronicle
There's a fine line between funny and just plain sick; this movie goes way beyond that line.
Blake French - Filmcritic.com
This is the most damning criticism that could ever be leveled against a film such as this -- I was a little bored.
Donald Munro - Fresno Bee
Feels strained, cheesy (in a bad way) and largely uninspired.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
What exactly is being satirized when a priest has diarrhea?
Jay Stone - Ottawa Citizen
I laughed enough to qualify the film as a solid bargain matinee.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
It's just unfortunate that so much of it keeps beating a dead comedy horse from time to time.
Jim Judy - Screen It!
(CNN.com) Paul Clinton - CNN.com
Stupid, disgusting and inept is a deadly combination that plunges this sequel into the depths of boredom.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Even fans of the original may find their patience tested.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Yes, it's pretty funny. No, it's not as funny as the first one.
Dave White - IFilm
I liked the first Scary Movie, but this spooky rush job is a hobgob blob.
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
Basically it's just an excuse to set up an uneven stream of sex jokes and toilet humour and movie spoofs.
Steve Tilley - Jam! Movies
To get any enjoyment out of the original, you had to leave your brains at home. With the sequel, remember to leave your stomachs, too.
Cameron Meier - Orlando Weekly
Some will find this funny. Some people laugh themselves silly flushing the toilet over and over.
John Zebrowski - Seattle Times
Gone is the surprise, the laughter of disbelief that made Scary Movie such a vacation from civility.
Jan Stuart - Newsday
Is pretty thin and uninspired outside of one or two modestly clever gags.
Paula Nechak - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
just goes through the motions of parodying one movie after another without any apparent stab at wit or humor
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
You'd have to see as many movies as Roger Ebert, bone up on current events and pay attention to TV commercials to just pick up on the would-be jokes.
Dean Essner - E! Online
The only horror in this film is its lame-ass script!
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
The gags are fresh (so to speak), but the tone and execution are oh-so-exactly the same -- as McSequels go, this one's a piece de resistance of satisfied expectations.
Cody Clark - Mr. Showbiz
An almost constant laugh riot of extreme gross-out humor and surprisingly limber lampoonery.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
What we have is a lot of fake and lazy attempts at humor.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Dull, obvious and unremittingly vulgar.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Even the funniest 40 percent of Scary has that not-so-fresh feeling.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
More boos-and-body-fluid yucks from the Wayans brothers.
Steve Murray - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Scary Movie 2 is a simple rehash of the original, wrapped up in all the same mistakes, and misfires.
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
Without the relatively tight focus of Scream movies to draw upon, Scary Movie 2 is scattered and more than a little starved for inspiration.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
An insufferable hodgepodge of phallic and fecal humor.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine
So unamusing its chief benefit lies in making us appreciate the movies being parodied.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
A hack job.
Dean Essner - Dark Horizons
They should have stuck to the promise emblazoned on the original movie's poster: 'No sequel.'
Bob Bloom - rec.arts.movies.reviews