Metascore
23

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 22
  2. Negative: 14 out of 22
Watch On
  1. 88
    Movies like this embrace goofiness with an almost sensual pleasure.
  2. Reviewed by: Staff(not credited)
    60
    Speed 2 is a well-above-average armrest-gripper with little in it to upset the children excepting, perhaps, Dafoe's lengthy white teeth, and the fact that UB40 provide onboard cabaret.
  3. Despite huge resources at Mr. De Bont's disposal and the fact that both he and Ms. Bullock have achieved stellar status since ''Speed'' screeched onto movie screens, the sequel is still a B-movie at heart.
  4. It's all idiotic but energetic, directed by Jan De Bont in his usual techno-action style.
  5. 50
    The last half-hour is a decent enough ride, with Dafoe controlling the ship by Powerbook and product placement, while Bullock and Patric demonstrate the triumph of American gumption over high tech, the better to save all hands on deck.
  6. 50
    Nathanson's script has a disheartening let's get on with it air, and the film feels like marathon training...
  7. Reviewed by: Emanuel Levy
    50
    Lacking the manipulative structure of "Speed," which shrewdly interspersed rousing set pieces throughout the story, Speed 2 is vastly uneven, trying in its second hour to recoup energy and compensate the audience for all the exposition of the initial reels.
  8. 40
    Not nearly as clever at taxing the audience's knuckles as its forerunner, Speed 2 still manages to stay above board long enough to merit a look-see, if only to relish the once-in-a-lifetime pleasure of Mr. Dafoe and his pet leeches.
  9. 38
    Speed 2 can be numbered among the worst second chapters ever made.
  10. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    38
    The filmmakers, who include the hitherto ace action director Jan De Bont ("Speed", "Twister"), have neither hearts nor minds in gear. [13Jun1997 Pg.04.D]
  11. Yet Speed 2 is as slow-moving as a garbage scow. Those blinking lights might as well be emanating from a vital-signs monitor. The story is dead in the water.
  12. Though it displays enough perils to put a dent in future cruise ship sales, the film has a makeshift, slapdash quality that is the opposite of its predecessor.
  13. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    30
    The screenwriters, Randall McCormick and Jeff Nathanson, and the director, Jan de Bont, have no interest in providing their actors with stuff to act.
  14. And De Bont's effects are wildly over the top, devoid of the stylish cuts and intriguing angles that enriched the original. In fact, there's so little panache in his destructive action that it begins to seem like a weird act of self-destruction.
  15. The 1994 "Speed," which starred Bullock and Keanu Reeves, was hardly "King Lear" on a bus, but it was an entertaining ride. But this movie is nothing but pain to sit through.
  16. "Speed" made millions on mindless, empty thrills; this laborious sequel is just as mindless and empty but lacks the thrills.
  17. 10
    First, the good news: Unlike most action film sequels, Speed 2: Cruise Control is not a mere retread of the original. Now the bad news: Better it had been.
  18. 0
    Speed 2 is such an inept piece of direction that it's anybody's guess whether De Bont understands how to convey where two characters are in spatial relation to each other or in relation to the action.
  19. This may be hard to believe, but there's not a single moment of drama or tension in any of the action sequences. And the film is made up almost entirely of action.
  20. The kinetics aren't that good, the twaddle is off the charts and the characters seem written by monkeys on amphetamines with crayons.
  21. Reviewed by: Stephen Thompson
    0
    But like De Bont's awful "Twister", Speed 2: Cruise Control somehow manages to fail in every way.
User Score
2.0

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 66 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 12
  2. Negative: 8 out of 12
  1. sLm
    Sep 23, 2012
    5
    Just 3 words: Mobile phones existed?
  2. Jan 3, 2015
    6
    Seen it years ago, but I need a re-watch before a proper review can be added... Not as good as the original "Speed" was: I sorely missed KeanuSeen it years ago, but I need a re-watch before a proper review can be added... Not as good as the original "Speed" was: I sorely missed Keanu Reeves, and the plot wasn't that good either. Full Review »
  3. chw
    Aug 22, 2014
    2
    Speed 2 shouldn't have been made. Keanu Reeves left probably to shoot Point Break, The Matrix or something... After he left, they're were fiveSpeed 2 shouldn't have been made. Keanu Reeves left probably to shoot Point Break, The Matrix or something... After he left, they're were five train wrecks on the set of this movie. Full Review »