Back to the Future Part II
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Things have barely settled from the excitement and resolve of the original Back to the Future, when in pops that crazy inventor Dr. Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd) with news that in order to prevent a series of events that could ruin the McFly name for posterity, Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox ) and his girlfriend are whisked into the future to the year 2015, where Marty must tangle with a teen rogue named Griff, who's obviously the descendant of Biff, the first Future film's bully. Marty foils Griff and his group when he jumps on an air-foil skateboard that flies him through town at… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Zemeckis' fascination with having characters interact at different ages of their lives hurts the film visually, and strains credibility past the breaking point, by forcing him to rely on some very cheesy makeup designs."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"It manages to be giddily and merrily mind-boggling rather than confusing."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"one-half a very bad movie and one-half a very good movie"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Taken as a pair, the first two films ask a number of unresolved and unresolvable questions about causality, order, and intention; and taken as a pair, they're also a hell of a lot of fun."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Solidly entertaining."
‑ Tom Tunney, Empire Magazine
"By the end, you may feel that you've just sat through a feature-length commercial for both part one (which has to be seen to make this sequel comprehensible) and part three (a trailer for it literally ends part two)."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Cleverly plotted, but commercially overloaded."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Sure, [Back to the Future II] has a clunky first act - which takes place in a hilariously overblown futuristic society - but the film knows just how, and when, to entertain us, and it does so in spades."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"The one thing the film got right was the crushed effect the media's growing omnipresence has had on human existence."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"An ambitious film that fails to recreate the warmth or excitment of the first Back To The Future."
‑ , Film4
"It's impressive entertainment, and best of all, it never degenerates into Spielbergian sentimentality: you can laugh, be thrilled and think without feeling embarrassed."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"The latest must-see, peer pressure, carve the logo on your head, designer blue jean experience."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"Lackluster yet benign time-travel sequel."
‑ Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
"See website for more details."
‑ Rory L. Aronsky, Screen It!
"There are definitely aspects of laziness to the script--jokes which haven't been fully considered, simpleminded characterizations, subplots which have no life outside of the narrative--but at the same time the movie has a spirit of exploration and daring,"
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
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