Gremlins 2: The New Batch
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Where the original Gremlins was a horror film spiked with comedy, Gremlins 2: The New Batch is essentially a black comedy, with a couple of horrifying touches. As the film starts, the fantastical trinket shop in Chinatown, which sold the Mogwai in the first film, is demolished by a crazed multi-media businessman called Daniel Clamp (John Glover). The heroes from the first movie, Billy (Zach Galligan) and Kate (Phoebe Cates), happen to work for Clamp in his huge high-rise. They find the Mogwai within Clamp's building, but not before he has accidentally spawned legions of mischievous,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

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"This uninhibited and uproarious monster bash, directed by Joe Dante, is more quick-witted and ironic than the original; it sets forth a savvy, slaphappy agenda before the opening credits and follows it straight through to the end, and even beyond."
‑ Michael Sragow, New Yorker
"Speaks to the gleeful hell-raising monster in each of us, and it speaks with much more verve, cleverness and good humor than the film on which it is based. Add this to the very short list of sequels that neatly surpass their predecessors."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
""Gremlins" deserved a much better follow up than "The New Batch.""
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"... is one of the funniest comedies of its time, a veritable live-action cartoon from Joe Dante at his most unrestrained."
‑ Sean Axmaker,
"An amazing achievement despite a total lack of sincerity, and any film that can successfully work Slayer's grinding tune Angel of Death into the action is a masterpiece as far as I'm concerned."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"An hilarious sequel featuring equal parts creature slapstick for the small fry and satirical barbs for adults."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Too many gremlins and not enough story line."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Campy horror sequel has unrelenting cartoonish violence."
‑ Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
"No, this was not your daddy's Gremlins movie. This was an entirely different kind of beast that was just made up of the same DNA."
‑ Steve "Uncle Creepy" Barton, Dread Central
"A riot from start to finish."
‑ , Film4
"There's almost enough in-joke ingenuity to justify the total absence of plot."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Wicked fun."
‑ John Hartl,
"An odd, but rewarding sequel that ups the ante on comedy and effects, and manages to offer a refreshing spoof of the first film."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"Any movie with former Dracula Christopher Lee as a scientist who creates a gremlin-bat can't be all bad, but there's a reason we never received a Gremlins 3."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"Actually better than the original in many ways: it's darker and more cynical, contains more pop culture references and takes on a bigger target."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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