The Sting II
The Sting II (1983)

Although penned by the same screenwriter, David S. Ward, this sequel to The Sting (1973) is tarnished by comparisons to its predecessor. Jackie Gleason fills the shoes of Paul Newman as Harry Gondorff and Mac Davis slips into the Robert… More

Rated: PG
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: August 3, 2004
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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Moves slowly, looks terrible and copies the first film shamelessly. Rather than a sequel, it's a retread, with David S. Ward's screenplay supplying hoodlum lingo you could cut with a knife and outlining a set of similar shenanigans.

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Tom Hutchinson
Radio Times

Oliver Reed and Karl Malden are welcome presences, and Teri Garr is the winner on all feminine counts, but this isn't enough to save it.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

First time round, if you got bored with the endlessly twisting convolutions of the scam, there were compensations in the fancifully nostalgic settings and the host of quirky minor characters. This time you stay bored.

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People Magazine

A clumsy counterfeit that is a real-life con game involving the ticket buyer.

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Variety Staff
Variety

So much of the intricate plot is explained in dialog that the first half of the film often seems like someone reading an instruction book.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

The film was scripted by David S. Ward, who also wrote the original but added nothing new or special to this sequel.

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RJ MacReady
Here's a movie that has no right to work, but somehow it does. Jackie Gleason and Mac Davis play the characters made famous by Paul Newman and Robert… More