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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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 62
  2. Negative: 8 out of 62
  1. Feb 24, 2011
    10
    I love this movie!! The first Clerks is great and this one is better than the original. Love all the jokes and love the new concept of workingI love this movie!! The first Clerks is great and this one is better than the original. Love all the jokes and love the new concept of working the recurring Mooby's. What handicap, the guy is in a wheelchair Expand
  2. ChristopherH.
    Jul 23, 2006
    10
    Great movie, best comedy of the year.
  3. BitBurn
    Oct 12, 2006
    9
    Grossly funny & completely out of the usual bullcrap- comedy-style of Hollywood. Loved it!
  4. KM.
    Jul 23, 2006
    8
    Clerks II has lived up to its hype in my opinion. Seeing Dante and Randal all grown-up and still working in dead-end jobs puts a little bit Clerks II has lived up to its hype in my opinion. Seeing Dante and Randal all grown-up and still working in dead-end jobs puts a little bit of perspective on life. If you love Jesus or Frodo, this movie is not for you. There are tons of vulgarities and obscenities, immature humor, and yes, there is a great scene bashing The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Smith used Randal Expand
  5. ChadShiira
    Sep 18, 2006
    7
    In black and white, "Clerks" wasn't hampered by the limited acting range of its two leads because the film worked as slacker neorealism. In black and white, "Clerks" wasn't hampered by the limited acting range of its two leads because the film worked as slacker neorealism. In color, and especially in the presence of a polished actor like Rosario Dawson, "Clerks II" resembles a beginning actors' lab with the cameras rolling. Professor Dawson makes everybody look good. What makes this sequel worth a look is to see how a filmmaker negotiates his indie roots with a studio-mandated mainstream sensibility. The raunch is still there, but so is a conventional love story. There's even a montage straight out of "Grey's Anatomy". "Clerks II" is like watching "Jersey Girl" duking it out with the original "Clerks". The end result: an interesting compromise from a filmmaker who's responsible for a subversive cat name in the original "Stuart Little" trailer. Expand
  6. 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. Collapse
  7. K.W.
    Jul 21, 2006
    0
    Worse than JERSEY GIRL. Avoid!!!

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