The Hangover Part II Reviews

  • A colossal disappointment, The term dialed-in should be replaced with The Hangover 2.

    Julian Roman — MovieWeb

  • Now that we know them, the core characters are all the funnier; they've become an American suburban version of the Three Stooges.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • If you superimposed a diagram that mapped out all the narrative beats, characters and jokes in "The Hangover Part II" over one for "The Hangover," the two would align almost perfectly.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • For all the talent Hangover II reassembles, our boys just can't muster the hair of the dog that bit them the first time around.

    Scott Bowles — USA Today

  • A veritable textbook case of what not to do when re-making a comedy that depended on sheer surprise for most of its appeal.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • The movie's an unclean thing and a mostly unfunny one.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • Trade out Las Vegas for Bangkok, a tiger for a monkey, a lactating hooker for a trannie stripper, a missing tooth for a face tattoo, and you've got Todd Phillips's rote, dispiriting replica of his own surprise smash hit.

    Eric Hynes — Village Voice

  • It would be nice if Phillips could find something original to say when we all get together to tear the next town apart.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • I can't believe how precisely everything does happen again, except that what was fresh and surprising in Las Vegas turns rancid and predictable in Bangkok, where yet another wedding is scheduled to take place.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • Despite all the similarities, despite the same madcap plotting and hysterically unhinged comic filth, The Hangover Part II veers into much darker territory.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • It's a tribute to the filmmakers, particularly director and co-writer Todd Phillips, that the best way to approach The Hangover Part II is to talk about what it isn't. It isn't a typical sequel, either a watered-down encore or a muddled [extension].

    Tom Maurstad — Dallas Morning News

  • ...[it] sacrifices plausibility, believability and empathy with anything that doesn't validate its lead characters' 'Wolf Pack' mentality in the service of a smirkingly cynical attitude.

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • The Hangover Part II isn't a dud, exactly -- some of it is very funny, and there are a few memorable jolts and outlandish dirty moments. But it feels, at times, like a routine adventure film set overseas.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • The MPAA's elaboration of the film's R rating says the movie has "pervasive language, strong sexual content including graphic nudity, drug use and brief violent images." Also other stuff. Maybe their space was limited.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • I need jokes. Something more than a situation recycling the situation in the first one. I'd like filmmakers who, worldwide grosses aside, show more of an interest in filming visual comedy -- gross-out, violent, action-based, whatever -- with some finesse.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • It's still fun to watch, but the first one was better.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • While these characters were amusing the first time around, Phillips and his screenwriters don't bring much new to the party.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Repeating the structure of the first film beat for beat, writer/director Todd Phillips keeps things fresh by going sleazier and more depraved, a litany of pain and suffering played for laughs. It's one part comedy to four parts juvenile delinquency.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Maybe what goes on in Vegas really should stay in Vegas.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • This isn't even really a sequel to the hilarious 2009 comedy smash set in Las Vegas. It's virtually the same movie, just transferred to another continent and with the raunch wildly amped up.

    Randy Cordova — Arizona Republic

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