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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 22
  2. Negative: 14 out of 22
  1. 88
    Movies like this embrace goofiness with an almost sensual pleasure.
  2. 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.
  3. 50
    Nathanson's script has a disheartening let's get on with it air, and the film feels like marathon training...
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. The kinetics aren't that good, the twaddle is off the charts and the characters seem written by monkeys on amphetamines with crayons.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 9
  2. Negative: 6 out of 9
  1. sLm
    Sep 23, 2012
    5
    Just 3 words: Mobile phones existed?
  2. Jul 23, 2011
    5
    The original was a classic, even with Keanu Reeves' wooden acting, and that's a hard act to follow. Jan De Bont had a tough bite to chew off coming up with a sequel. It's not awful but it really misses a lot of marks. Pacing, identification with minor characters, and chemistry for example really slowed the film down. Which is ironic given the title of the film. For extras it really isn't that critical that they have some acting chops, however it does matter when they are so awful they botch simple human reaction to a crisis the action realism takes a hit. Luckily for S2:CC it had Willem DaFoe to prop everything up. Otherwise I wouldn't even bother giving this movie a score. Expand
  3. Feb 24, 2013
    4
    Speed 2 is the dumbest, most ridiculous movie imaginable, with terrible performances, nonsensical story-lines, ridiculous parallels, and of course Jason Patric, who is as believable an action star as any WWE Superstar. Hey Geiger... If they fired you for being sick, why not just sue them instead... haven't you ever seen Philadelphia? Expand
  4. May 2, 2012
    3
    Le premier film avait beau se montrer idiot et invraisemblable question scénario et personnages, il n'empêche qu'il restait un excellent divertissement de part son incroyable punch. Car, oui, que serait Speed sans son énergie? Et bien, cela donnerait Speed 2... Une suite bien en dessous du premier car étant moins palpitante, ce qui ressort encore plus le côté grotesque et incroyablement con de l'affaire (la trame, les personnages...). Et si ce n'était que ça... Mauvais effets spéciaux, pas de mise en scène, des acteurs pitoyables (même Willem Dafoe manque de charisme!), des dialogues immondes... Bref, Speed 2 ressemble plus à L'Aventure du Poséidon avec un terroriste à bord (en moins bon, bien entendu). Quand même sauvé par sa dernière demie-heure (enfin) énergique, ce film se montre inutile, tout comme Sandra Bullock (tout simplement énervante et ridicule!). Expand
  5. TimD.
    Apr 3, 2006
    2
    [***SPOILERS***] The ending of this film makes it marginally worthwhile. As the ship approaches the land the director has been kind enough to give away lines presumably as prizes in local newspaper competitions, leading to a series of 'oh no!' walk-ons by people visibly enthralled to have a part in a 'blockbuster' movie. First prize must go to the caribbean woman who drops her shopping, but it's a tough call. The very premise of this film is ridiculous. The reason nobody ever watches sailing during the olympics is because you have no gauge how fast the vehicles are going. With no static object to pass it just looks as if the cruiser is tottering along playfully. Oh, and everything else in this film is rubbish. Sandra Bullock doesn't even look that good in a bikini. A pauper's Jurassic Park III. Collapse
  6. AnthonyF.
    Mar 4, 2006
    2
    A terrible sequel. But its action can sometimes prove its worth.
  7. WesE.
    Dec 5, 2005
    0
    Speed was like witnessing the first time Keanu Reeves rode a bike. It was a modestly entertaining film that revealed why Keanu captured the role in the original Matrix. Speed 2, in comparison, was like recieving an enema the size of a Boeing 747. It's really, really bad. Expand

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