Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. 75
    The grubby, low-budget intensity of the film gives it a lovable quality that high-tech movies wouldn't have.
  2. In many ways even more hellish and stylish than its predecessor... A horror cult classic.
  3. Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn never lets up, continually introducing new characters and adding new thrills and chills right up to the last frame… A terrific trip, although admittedly not one that everybody would enjoy taking. [13 Mar 1987, Calendar, p.6-14]
  4. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    50
    Best scenes: Campbell pondering whether to squash her dismembered head in a vice, and a later quandary when he must shotgun his own dismembered hand. Moral: Pimples aren't the worst thing that can happen to your body. [11 Sept 1987, Life, p.3D]
  5. 75
    Evil Dead 2 is, pardon the expression, consistently lively--a ghoulish splatter comedy that uses wildly excessive gore to provoke the kind of shock that lies between a laugh and a scream. [10 Apr 1987, Friday, p.M]
  6. Reviewed by: Jeremy Zoss
    100
    Thanks to Sam Raimi’s inventive style and Bruce Campbell’s hysterical performance, the horror-comedy genre has grown into a legitimate genre, but Evil Dead 2 will forever be the king.
  7. Reviewed by: Staff (Non Credited)
    70
    A deliriously cinematic experience for those with a taste for Grand Guignol, this is a relentlessly energetic nightmare world where quite literally anything can happen--and does.
  8. Reviewed by: Joshua Klein
    80
    But Evil Dead 2's rampant inventiveness and manic energy have ensured that it will endure as a cult classic.
  9. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    60
    More an absurdist comedy than a horror film, Evil Dead II is a flashy good-natured display of special effects and scare tactics so extreme they can only be taken for laughs.
  10. Reviewed by: Caryn James
    50
    Its ideal audience would be full of Three Stooges fans with streaks for grotesque humor. [13 Mar 1987, p.C18]
  11. Reviewed by: Richard Harrington
    50
    The acting is straight out of '50s B movies. The exposition is clumsy, the sound track corny, the denouement silly. Then again, who said bad taste was easy? [13 Apr 1987, Style, p.b4]
  12. Reviewed by: Pat Graham
    30
    The effects are just as delirious this time around, but the nightmare poetry has vanished, along with the sense of archetypal purpose and narrative inevitability that held the jack-in-the-box original together.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 91 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 34
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 34
  3. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. RDalvi
    Jun 1, 2006
    10
    Truly the wackiest and funniest film on this planet. Raimi and Campbell rock. They should make Evil Dead IV. The eyeball scene rocks. Raimi may have made a brilliant Spiderman but his Evil Dead series are his original masterpiece. It should win Oscar for Best Actor Campbell, best Director, Raimi and Best Costume Design. Full Review »
  2. May 18, 2013
    6
    I don't get it, I just don't get. I read everywhere that this was an awesome movie, Empire says; from what I believe are user votes, that this was the 46 or something best film out of 500. I know that doesn't entirely mean that it is that good just because a magazine says so. But this was so interesting, I had to watch, and when I did, I was so confused. So from what I can tell this is the first horror movie to include intentional laughs in it, even before scream. So I thought: well this will be fun to watch. When it was done though, I had this feeling of me just not understanding why people love this movie so much. Personally I think the last one was okay, it definitely scared me at certain parts and was real gross. The same can be said for this; in my opinion. There're moments where it's being funny, more so than the last one, but only at one or two moments. This is probably most appreciated by those who really love horror, or just understand film a bit more than I do. Until I do understand, this film will be listed as: okay, in my book. Full Review »
  3. Jan 30, 2013
    7
    Honestly, I thought it was a pretty enjoyable movie. Funny at times and it doesn't take itself too seriously. Only thing I have to say that's bad about it is that the last 20 mins or so are rather boring, Not much in terms of originality when compared to the original even though it is a sequel/remake. Still, An enjoyable watch imo. Full Review »