Psycho II
Psycho II (1983)

A sequel to one of the most popular horror films of all time, this psychological thriller received a pleasantly surprised, positive critical reception. Anthony Perkins returns as Norman Bates, who has just been released from an insane… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 3, 1983
DVD Release Date: January 15, 1999
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Critic Score: 61% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Director Richard Franklin deftly keeps the suspense and tension on high while dolling out dozens of shock-of-recognitions shots drawn from the audience's familiarity with Psycho.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It is a craftsman-like piece of filmmaking with a suitably flaky performance by Perkins, but it isn't really a sequel to Psycho. It continues the story, but not the spell.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

A person would have to be as crazy as Norman Bates to even think about helming a sequel to Psycho, but the shocking truth is that this intelligent follow-up in no way soils the memory of its classic predecessor.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Though far from a worthy successor to the original (but why make impossible demands?) the film clearly could have been much worse.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

That it's about as chilly a movie as ever delighted the mass market is beside the point, in view of its exuberantly macabre craftsmanship.

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Dustin Putman

[Blu-ray Review] A psychologically scary and handsomely mounted thriller.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Scary and fun, it's as worthy a sequel as one might reasonably expect.

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Anton Bitel
Little White Lies

Franklin's consummate handling of suspense, black humour and several paradigm-shifting twists mak[e] this a worthy sequel to the original, and a convincing evocation of the old master's ghost.

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Rob Vaux

You can chide Psycho II for its hubris, and the fact that it won't ever get within shouting distance of a classic. But for a quiet summer escape with an old motel owner we used to know... yeah, it could be a lot worse.

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Flixster Audience Score: 53% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Everyone onscreen is having a high old time in this return to Hitchcock's masterpiece that begins, lest anyone's forgotten, in the shower (that… More
Luke Baldock
Psycho II is the surprisingly fantastic sequel that flies in the face of what you would expect from a gap of 23 years and a different director (let alone… More
Cassandra Maples
After twenty-two years, Norman Bates is deemed sane and released from the asylum. He returns to live at the motel, while taking up a job at a local diner. He… More
Ken Stachnik
Of course Psycho 2 can't live up to the original, but if you divorce it of it's shadow it's got some nice twists and turns of it's own.… More
Alex roy
Pretty effective sequel to Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 horror masterwork is pretty good considering that this one had the daunting task of following up one of… More
Aj V
A pretty good sequel to a classic horror movie, it's hard to make sequels really, and they did their best. I just thank God that Perkins could be in these… More