Metascore
36

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 30
  2. Negative: 13 out of 30
  1. Reviewed by: Patrick Parker
    75
    If you liked the first then you are going to like this one as Clouseau is offensive and outrageous, which is a perfect fit for one of the "Wild and Crazy Guys."
  2. Provides genial chuckles, but it's never excitingly rude.
  3. Reviewed by: Jason Buchanan
    63
    The results are, quite surprisingly, fairly charming.
  4. Martin starts at the outrageous accent and spins out from there, and that's fine for this. And there are a few snicker-worthy scenes.
  5. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    60
    Serves up enough goofy pranks and fractured wordplay to keep the series purring along.
  6. 50
    Peter Sellers was a genius who somehow made Inspector Clouseau seem as if he really were helplessly incapable of functioning in the real world and somehow incapable of knowing that. Steve Martin is a genius, too, but not at being Clouseau. It seems more like an exercise.
  7. Nothing is harder and more elusive than successful slapstick onscreen. Nothing.
  8. The predictable script feels as if it were filmed right off the cocktail napkin it was jotted on, but at least the movie has an "Ocean's 11" sequel's worth of good actors, including Alfred Molina, Jeremy Irons and Jean Reno.
  9. The story, of course, is a line on which to pin the comic set-pieces, and that's where Pink Panther 2 comes up lustreless. Zwart has no discernible sense of comic rhythm, beyond managing to punctuate scenes with a wall crashing in.
  10. Reviewed by: Andy Spletzer
    50
    A forgettable waste of time.
  11. Although the stunts come thick and fast in The Pink Panther 2, they are jammed together in a way that gives most of them barely enough time to register.
  12. 50
    Plays like an undeserved victory lap for a series that only limped to the finish line the last time.
  13. The bloom is decidedly off the pinkish rose. Martin has a few inspired moments but in order to get to them you have to wade through a mosh pit of unfunny gags.
  14. Reviewed by: William Thomas
    40
    A mirthless shot in the dark that misses the target by some distance.
  15. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    40
    There is no real plot, the movie's filled with friends of Steve, the comedy is terribly overplayed, or the comedy is overplayed terribly (again, you can choose) -- what you're left with is a bag of tricks that has seen better days.
  16. My only question is this: In the context of these by-the-book pratfalls, is it funny enough?
  17. 38
    There are three or four big laughs scattered throughout The Pink Panther 2, along with a smattering of decent chuckles. But all those moments combined account for maybe five minutes of screen time, which leaves you with another hour and a half of movie to sit through.
  18. 38
    The movie hopes to be regarded as childlike too, but there's a difference between kid-friendly and just regular old dumb.
  19. Perhaps Martin should go back to taking chances and writing original work.
  20. 38
    The breath of fresh air, to the extent that one can be identified in the staleness of this recycled refuse, is John Cleese.
  21. This comedy whodunit generates more laughs than its predecessor, which is to say, two or three.
  22. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    30
    It's Garcia, Molina, and Tomlin who give you momentary hope that the film might settle into a witty, irreverent romp. Unfortunately, their efforts are ultimately defeated.
  23. Costars John Cleese, Jean Reno, Alfred Molina, Andy Garcia, and Jeremy Irons look either bored or desperate, gasping for laughs in an airless screenplay.
  24. 25
    Martin is a gifted physical comic. He deserves an original role tailored to his own talents. Watching something this borrowed just makes me blue.
  25. 25
    Playing Clouseau's exasperated boss, Cleese rams his head into a wall minutes into the action. That's a powerful image, insofar as his headache was mine.
  26. 25
    Even the great Lily Tomlin can't muster a funny reaction to a Polish joke. It's an everything-including-the kitchen-sink comedy -- and the sink has rusty pipes.
  27. What I can't accept, however, is talents such as Reno, Garcia, Tomlin, and Molina wasting away in a movie like this. As punishment for their complete lack of artistic integrity, all four of them should be forced to sit in a room for all eternity watching The Pink Panther 2 over and over.
  28. This time he (Martin) goes through the motions.
  29. One of the most dreadfully unnecessary movies in recent memory.
User Score
5.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 48 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 29
  2. Negative: 14 out of 29
  1. Mar 9, 2014
    3
    An easily forgettable and rather uninspired sequel, Pink Panther 2 fails to deliver on any level, and instead beats the hell out of its jokes until they are no longer even jokes but rather just stupid sight-gags and silly dialogue. Full Review »
  2. Dec 12, 2013
    5
    Pink Panther 2 is light family entertainment. It is somewhat funny but unsuccessfully tries to stuff a weak storyline into it, thus creating a big mess. Full Review »
  3. Apr 3, 2011
    4
    This sequel is nowhere as good as the first, it's not as funny, I only chuckled once or twice during the entire movie but the first one had me laughing until I couldn't breath, a huge disappointment. Full Review »