Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Reviewed by: Mark Bell
    100
    Ultimately, Smith finally achieves that perfect balance between humor and heart that he's been dancing towards with all his films.
  2. 83
    It mostly manages the impressive feat of mixing jaw-droppingly gross jokes with characters that are worth caring about.
  3. Reviewed by: Dorian Lynskey
    80
    Kevin Smith's most enjoyable film since, well, Clerks lacks much of its predecessor's outsider edge, but you'll probably be laughing too hard to care.
  4. 80
    Clerks II finds Smith up to the profane, raunchy, profoundly humanist mischief of which he alone is the master. This is a lewd, lascivious, exhilaratingly life-affirming celebration of misfits and the misfits who love them.
  5. Clerks II will find Kevin Smith's detractors saying that the filmmaker simply regurgitates the past, while his loyal fan base will applaud his return to the tried and true.
  6. 75
    Despite the film's sloppy structure, it feels weirdly good to hang out with these losers again.
  7. Dawson turns out to be a necessary ingredient, propelling the emotional core of the film forward, while somehow convincing the audience that a smart, attractive woman could find a schlub like Dante desirable.
  8. 75
    This is a funny movie. It delivers plenty of laughs, but it isn't in the same league as "Clerks." I left that movie holding my stomach from laughing so hard.
  9. An agreeable mischievous romp.
  10. Yes, the characters in Clerks II hardly qualify as role models, but they can be blisteringly funny in an in-your-face, to-heck-with-taste way.
  11. It has enough laughs, character arcs, politically incorrect rants and a satisfying emotional ending to more than justify this whim on Smith's part.
  12. 70
    Clerks II has its problems: It rambles into sentimentality, and it doesn't need to -- the movie is more affecting when the characters are just cracking jokes. But Smith, an inherent optimist, has made a movie full of crude humor that also manages to explore the enduring qualities of friendship.
  13. 70
    This is the umpteenth movie I’ve seen this year about guys in their 30s who aren't quite sure what they want to do with their lives, and it's the only one that strikes a real chord, because it's neither an exaltation nor a condemnation of slackerdom, but rather just a sweet little fable about how sometimes the life that you think could be so much better is actually pretty damn good already.
  14. What makes Clerks II both winning and (somewhat unexpectedly) moving is its fidelity to the original "Clerks" ethic of hanging out, talking trash and refusing all worldly ambition.
  15. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    70
    A softer, flabbier and considerably higher-budgeted follow-up to Kevin Smith's 1994 indie sensation that nevertheless packs enough riotous exchanges and pungent sexual obscenities to make its 97 minutes pass by with ease.
  16. 67
    By this point, the rhythms of Smith's dialogue are as predictable and mannered as haikus, and like sitcoms, Clerks II is mostly appealing in its familiarity, from the rat-a-tat cussing to the cameos from Smith's repertory company to the extended riffing on "Star Wars" and geek culture.
  17. 63
    Best of all, Jason Mewes is out of rehab to play Jay and spar with Smith as Silent Bob, his dope-dealing partner.
  18. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    63
    More sentimental and ruder than its predecessor, though its brand of raunch tends to curdle halfway out of the characters' mouths.
  19. Some of the banter is fun, like Randal's debate with Elias over the relative merits of "Star Wars" vs. "The Lord of the Rings." But most is just trash-talk as shoptalk.
  20. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    63
    Kevin Smith's Clerks II doesn't take much notice of anything that's happened since the 1994 original. It's occasionally clever and gets a few points for originality.
  21. 63
    If not precisely poetic in its elaborate offensiveness, it's certainly imaginative. Unfortunately, that's not the same as interesting or engaging, unless you're a dyed-in-the-wool fan.
  22. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    63
    With Clerks II, the director retreats to home turf, but is Smith playing it safe or is he really interested in seeing how the old nabe has changed? Bit of both, actually.
  23. The attitude is older, maybe a tad sentimental, and as adolescent and reckless as ever. Whether that's a good thing depends on your appreciation for dead-end conversations, geek debates and the Smithspeak sandbox of creative vulgarity.
  24. While these individually diverting factors add up to a good time, they don't add up to a good movie.
  25. Reviewed by: Scott Bowles
    50
    It's the crude humor that trips up the movie.
  26. Reviewed by: Melissa Farrar
    50
    Part of the Clerks charm was that Kevin Smith made it for $27,000, and a bigger budget doesn't really help this kind of tale's authenticity.
  27. Feels a little like the new "Pirates of the Caribbean" -- a similar wet fizzle of a sequel for sequel's sake -- but what do we know?
  28. In place of the sharply etched observational humor of the original, which featured a host of no-name actors in memorably quirky performances, we now get mostly raunch and some flaccid cameos from Smith cronies Ben Affleck and Jason Lee.
  29. Reviewed by: Robert Wilonsky
    40
    Clerks II can't bear the strain of its amateur-hour theatrics, no matter how big its heart or how many crocodile tears it manages to squirt. The dramatic moments become melodramatic; the bawdy moments turn icky. The fans will eat it up.
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 143 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 62
  2. Negative: 8 out of 62
  1. Sep 7, 2011
    6
    This one made me laugh harder than it's predecessor, but less often. I feel like the artistic vision of the first movie was lost for more ofThis one made me laugh harder than it's predecessor, but less often. I feel like the artistic vision of the first movie was lost for more of gross-out comedy. Like I said, it did make me laugh, and it was worth the watch, but it's what you should expect from a sequel of a classic. Full Review »
  2. Nov 22, 2014
    6
    I can't say I enjoy this film as much as the first. I love all the banter between the characters. It reminds me of working at a minimum wageI can't say I enjoy this film as much as the first. I love all the banter between the characters. It reminds me of working at a minimum wage job myself but Randall and Dante just can't get away with as much after they have aged so much so that its a little less effective. Full Review »
  3. Jun 12, 2011
    5
    I really feel that Kevin Smith is over rated as a director. I liked Chasing Amy, dogma and mall rats but the clerks movie just don't do it forI really feel that Kevin Smith is over rated as a director. I liked Chasing Amy, dogma and mall rats but the clerks movie just don't do it for me. Its just to much potty humor for my taste. Full Review »