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. Invades theatres with its fangs bared for action. It's bloody hell and we love every minute.
  2. 25
    So witless it wins most of its laughs when Czech-speaking characters spout obscenities that get translated into English subtitles.
  3. Reviewed by: Chris Fujiwara
    38
    It was possible to hope that Blade II would turn out to be good. Well, forget it.
  4. What makes Blade 2 marginally better than "Blade," especially if you thought the first was a hollow spectacle? It has a plot.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 50
    Even Del Toro can't raise the conceptually dead.
  10. 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.
  11. 75
    It's all speed, movement and blood -- lots and lots of blood.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 50
    Much sillier - and the movie's nearly two-hour running time seems to last nearly as long as a vampire's afterlife.
  15. 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".
  16. Reviewed by: Laura Miller
    50
    Suffers from way too many fight scenes that last way too long and look way too computer-generated.
  17. This vampire story is as soulless as they get.
  18. 70
    Everything "Blade" should have been but wasn't: stylish, fast-paced, and comfortable with its own ridiculousness.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 40
    The sequences are handsomely designed, but frankly, you might as well be watching someone play a video game.
  22. 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.
  23. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    60
    May be too grisly to extend its appeal beyond its fan base.
  24. The big news in Blade II is that there's something worse than vampires, but is there something worse than Blade II?
  25. 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.
  26. Ghastly yet wonderful at the same time.
User Score
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 80 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. 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. "Blade 2" is a good example im talking about. Full Review »
  2. Dec 2, 2013
    5
    Critics have often noted Blade 2 as the superior film in the franchise, I disagree. The amount of poorly done computer effects, overflow of characters and script make this film a lot to be desired. Full Review »
  3. Aug 27, 2013
    7
    Even though the plot and character development have hardly improved from the original, this sequel delivers more stylish action and grimmer visuals than the original thanks to Del Toro's upscale direction. Full Review »