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Based on 17 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Some of the best bits of the original movie are replayed here but lose their punch the second time around - the horse manure bit, the skate board sequence. Maybe people who never saw the first movie will get a big kick out of them. [22 Nov 1989, p.E1] show more

  • 63
    Desmond Ryan Philadelphia Inquirer

    Fans of the original should relish going back to Back to the Future, as long as they keep in mind that in movies - as in life - you can't go home again. And if you do, things aren't likely to be the same. [22 Nov 1989, p.E1] show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    I should have brought a big yellow legal pad to the screening, so I could take detailed notes just to keep the time-lines straight. And yet the movie is fun, mostly because it's so screwy. show more

  • 50
    Dave Kehr Chicago Tribune

    A movie that must spend most of its running time explaining its hopelessly complicated premises, which leaves very little room for anything much to happen. [22 Nov 1989, p.C1] show more

  • 38
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    The sequel goes down the tubes by spreading itself across four time zones and inviting comparison to the original by spending most of its time back in 1955, where another mess must be set right. [22 Nov 1989, p.35] show more

  • 25
    Jay Scott The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Given Part II's quality, the final sequence, a series of clips from next summer's Part III, may be a major miscalculation. "To be concluded," reads the final title. Sounds more like a threat than a promise. [22 Nov 1989, p.C9] show more

  • 60

    Directed and played with terrific verve, this moves so fast from one special effects set-piece to the next that there's no time at all to reflect on the basic ridiculousness of its Chinese box of a plot. show more

  • 83
    Entertainment Weekly

    All in all, Future II is another fantastic voyage in a thoroughly entertaining contraption. show more

  • 90
    Richard Schickel Time

    It twists it, shakes it and stands it on its ear. But as before, the film's technical brilliance is the least of its appeals. Satirically acute, intricately structured and deftly paced, it is at heart stout, good and untainted by easy sentiment. show more

  • 80
    Janet Maslin The New York Times

    Back to the Future deserved a chance to come back, especially under the cheerful, enterprising, mathematically minded stewardship of Mr. Zemeckis and Mr. Gale. Their new film isn't an ordinary sequel. It's as if the earlier film had been squared. show more

  • June 14, 2012 Dry Master
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    For a sequel, the acting was poor and was a little too different and was a little tacky. And in 2015 (two years from now) cars are probably not going to fly yet. So it was worth watching. Once.

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