Metascore
52

Mixed or average reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 28
  2. Negative: 7 out of 28
  1. 88
    You can sense the difference between a movie that's a technical exercise ("Resident Evil") and one steamed in the dread cauldrons of the filmmaker's imagination.
  2. 63
    The film stays true to its unpretentious origins -- it's like a comic book come to life, with an undeniable visual flair, a lot of kinetic action sequences, minimal character development, and a plot that could charitably be called "uneven".
  3. 50
    Much sillier - and the movie's nearly two-hour running time seems to last nearly as long as a vampire's afterlife.
  4. Del Toro lays on the operatic head-trip gore, but his heavy-handed embrace of the ''Blade'' mythology allows Wesley Snipes to give more of a performance than he did in the first film.
  5. 40
    The sequences are handsomely designed, but frankly, you might as well be watching someone play a video game.
  6. The big news in Blade II is that there's something worse than vampires, but is there something worse than Blade II?
  7. 75
    It's all speed, movement and blood -- lots and lots of blood.
  8. To appreciate the movie, you have to be okay with vampire violence. I don't mean subtle little nips at the neck and, ooooh, it's directed by Werner Herzog.
  9. 50
    Even Del Toro can't raise the conceptually dead.
  10. 70
    Because of the movie's wonderful shamelessness, its mordantly funny chills and fights are huge turn-ons. A B picture in love with the zest of its comic-book origins, it embodies that medium's pulse-pounding spiritedness and silliness.
  11. Invades theatres with its fangs bared for action. It's bloody hell and we love every minute.
  12. What makes Blade 2 marginally better than "Blade," especially if you thought the first was a hollow spectacle? It has a plot.
  13. Like the original, Blade II has superior production values and visual and special effects. Snipes and Kristofferson build on the resonance of their original portrayals.
  14. Del Toro ("Cronos") is a stylish horrormeister, and he has created an evocative, foreboding atmosphere. But only a fan of this kind of mayhem could find a way into the story.
  15. Though superior to the original Blade, the superiority is mostly in the myriad ways the "suck-head" enemies can be blown up, melted and dismembered.
  16. 70
    Everything "Blade" should have been but wasn't: stylish, fast-paced, and comfortable with its own ridiculousness.
  17. 25
    So witless it wins most of its laughs when Czech-speaking characters spout obscenities that get translated into English subtitles.
  18. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    50
    Snipes gives a looser, cooler performance this time around, though emotionally, it's closer to dead than undead. Blade II is for the horror faithful only; others will be grasping their crucifixes.
  19. Ghastly yet wonderful at the same time.
  20. This vampire story is as soulless as they get.
  21. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    60
    May be too grisly to extend its appeal beyond its fan base.
  22. Just be advised guys, Blade II is as estrogen-free as movies get, so you might want to leave your date behind for this one, or she's gonna make you feel like you owe her big-time.
  23. Against the rest of his dramatically flimsy crew, Snipes' sunglasses-at-midnight strut conveys an almost lifelike sheen. Almost. He's more alive than the movie, which is dead on arrival.
  24. 70
    The drawing card for Blade II is -- the promise of a blood-soaked action/horror thrill ride, and Snipes and Del Toro get the down-and-dirty job done with style.
  25. Reviewed by: Chris Fujiwara
    38
    It was possible to hope that Blade II would turn out to be good. Well, forget it.
  26. Reviewed by: Laura Miller
    50
    Suffers from way too many fight scenes that last way too long and look way too computer-generated.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 113 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 27
  2. Negative: 2 out of 27
  1. Jul 16, 2014
    10
    Blade 2 is just as good as Blade 1. The action is great and plentiful as in the first movie. However this time,
    the style of the action
    Blade 2 is just as good as Blade 1. The action is great and plentiful as in the first movie. However this time,
    the style of the action scenes is different because the director is different. The director of Hellboy directed
    Blade 2 and he turned the movie into an action masterpiece. He was a great choice to direct the sequel,
    I would've chose him in a second.
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  2. Sep 27, 2011
    7
    What I like about Guillermo Del Toro is that every movie he makes has beautifully gruesome visuals that overrides all the cons of the movie.What I like about Guillermo Del Toro is that every movie he makes has beautifully gruesome visuals that overrides all the cons of the movie. "Blade 2" is a good example im talking about. Full Review »
  3. Jan 3, 2015
    8
    This movie gives a few good laughs, offers entertaiment, and has some action that is nothing out of the usual, but well-made nonetheless -This movie gives a few good laughs, offers entertaiment, and has some action that is nothing out of the usual, but well-made nonetheless - with good actors. Continues from "Blade", but things are pretty well explained in the beginning. Also, perhaps it was just me, or Blade had perfected his act (fighting and weaponry) from the first movie. Not much character growth can be detected, though a few twists in the plot give insight. Also, what they dismissed in the first movie was romance - for the good of the film. In "Blade II", unfortunately, that is not the case. Full Review »