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57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27

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  1. Anyone can come up with jokes about incestuous rednecks or pubic hair that "looks like Osama bin Laden's beard," but it takes guts to make a comedy in which the Indian-American hero accuses an African-American TSA agent of racial profiling, all so he won't get caught smuggling weed onto a plane.
  2. 75
    The big payoff, of course, is Neil Patrick Harris reprising his role as "Neil Patrick Harris."
  3. It's not exactly high art, but it's certainly high.
  4. Reviewed by: Jenni Miller
    75
    At the screening I attended, someone walked in wearing a shirt that read "I HEART BONGS," so that gives you a pretty good idea of the target audience. Maybe this time they will rouse themselves from the couch and make it possible for us to follow Harold and Kumar through more adventures.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    70
    An over-the-top and beyond-PC comedy that sometimes deftly, sometimes slapdashedly infuses party-hearty anarchy with hectoring moral outrage.
  6. 70
    Precisely because their attitudes are so bluntly hedonistic and apolitical, Harold and Kumar manage to be fairly persuasive when they get around to criticizing the status quo, which the movie has the wit to acknowledge itself as part of.
  7. 70
    Honestly, the most shocking thing put forth in Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay just might be the proposition that George W. Bush is actually a pretty cool guy.
  8. 70
    That rare sequel that builds on the movie that came before it without crushing its attributes to death. "Escape" doesn't feel belabored. Giddy, freewheeling and sweet-natured, it pulls off the effect of seeming spontaneous, a tall task by itself.
  9. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    70
    Harold and Kumar are pothead patriots in the first feel-good torture film.
  10. 70
    They are Abbott & Costello with dirty mouths--indomitable, ungovernable, and possibly immortal.
  11. Harold and Kumar, fortunately, never lose their verbally relentless way of delivering raunch as pure common sense.
  12. 63
    The movie is unpolished, unabashedly un-PC, and takes on as many "sacred cows" as it can uncover in a slightly-too-long 105 minutes.
  13. If only the wit weren't overwhelmed by lame jokes about body parts, functions and fluids.
  14. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    63
    Mostly, Harold is a guilty pleasure that retains the anarchic charms of the original.
  15. No political tract, but it can be surprisingly bold.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 305 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 56
  2. Negative: 15 out of 56
  1. RichardS.
    Apr 26, 2008
    2
    This movie is so damn stupid that anyone who thinks its brilliant or amazing must be brain-damaged. What makes this movie good? The This movie is so damn stupid that anyone who thinks its brilliant or amazing must be brain-damaged. What makes this movie good? The disjointed plot (it's called Escape from Guantanamo Bay, but is that what the movie's really about, or is it going from one place and joke to another without any real point?) The bad acting (from the whole cast)? The lame, stupid jokes (was there anything intelligent about the humour)? Is it funny cuz of the constant references to drug and sex: if you find that funny then may be you're still a teenager, even though the movie's not for kids. The terrible attempts at satire? The inspiring music? Seriously, think about it: does Harold and Kumar have the makings of a good movie? And by good I don't mean one of those serious dramas that are usually Oscar contenders. I mean good in the sense of normal good, like most Pixar or Dream Works comedies. This movie sucked and blowed at the same time. Full Review »
  2. Jan 3, 2015
    7
    I totally missed that there is a prequel to this movie, but not to worry: this one worked pretty well on its own. Genuinely funny in places.I totally missed that there is a prequel to this movie, but not to worry: this one worked pretty well on its own. Genuinely funny in places. While some of the jokes these days have been used so often it isn't even funny anymore, the concept of this movie was pretty hilarious: on their way to Amsterdam, Kumar gets them arrested as terrorists because other passengers think his pot bong is a bomb. Go figure. With a prick of an agent Ron Fox from Homeland Security leading the "investigation", it is clear everything is steadily going to hell. There is a hilarious scene with Fox interrogating Harold and Kumar's parents. The duo in trouble finds their way out of Guantanamo Bay, get back to US soil, and make their way to a friend whom they think might be able to help them. In the end, it seems that their only hope will be the President of the United States. This movie isn't perfect, but it is fun and definitely entertaining. The acting is pretty good too. Full Review »
  3. Dec 3, 2014
    6
    This film soo disgusting!! Funny Enough but don't Let the Boobs too more.
    I really didn't think the first Harold and Kumar movie was all that
    This film soo disgusting!! Funny Enough but don't Let the Boobs too more.
    I really didn't think the first Harold and Kumar movie was all that good, I would rate it at around 6 out of 10, maybe 7, but at least it had more than one funny part. In this sequel the only funny part, to me anyway, was the scenes with George W in the secret room. Other than this, it just plain sucked ass. The filmmakers seemed to rely on gross gags with little or no build up and while I like many films that are stupid/gross, I just could not like this one. It just seemed to fall short of funny, it was predictable and kinda boring and maybe a little uncomfortable. I regretted seeing it while I was watching it.
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