Back to the Future Part II
Back to the Future Part II (1989)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 17, 2002
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Back to the Future II is far more uneven than its predecessor, but its madcap highs outweigh the occasionally cluttered machinations of an overstuffed plot.

Variety Staff

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.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

It manages to be giddily and merrily mind-boggling rather than confusing.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

one-half a very bad movie and one-half a very good movie

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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).

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Cleverly plotted, but commercially overloaded.

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R. L. Shaffer

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.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

It's impressive entertainment, and best of all, it never degenerates into Spielbergian sentimentality: you can laugh, be thrilled and think without feeling embarrassed.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

The latest must-see, peer pressure, carve the logo on your head, designer blue jean experience.

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Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media

Lackluster yet benign time-travel sequel.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Eugene Bernabe
Very futuristic and broad in direction, Back to the Future Part II is adventurous, even though it doesn't compare to the impact the first installment… More
Graham Jones
In my opinion, the BTTF sequel is superior to the first installment. The twisting and turning plotline may seem confusing to some but it is ultimately more… More
Candy Rose
Excellent part two to the triology. Doc takes Marty into the future to save Marty's kids, but they end up in a different parallel life due to Biff changing… More
Melvin White
Doc: Roads? Where we're going, we don't need roads.  "Synchronize your watches. The futures coming back..." Part II is almost as good as… More
Raymond Wieser
The second part to the Back to the Future trilogy is more confusing, cheesy, and hokey than the first one (especially the aging make-up), but it's still… More
Cassie Hill
Marty & Doc go back to the year 1955 to prevent events that should have never have happened from happening such as Marty's father being dead & Biff… More