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Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 21
  2. Negative: 6 out of 21
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  1. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    Jul 10, 2013
    83
    In nearly every respect, V/H/S/2 improves on its predecessor. Free of poky mumble-horror filler, it offers four fruitful variations on the original’s best chapter.
  2. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Jun 6, 2013
    83
    V/H/S 2 smartly contextualizes its nightmarish cavalcade of violence by acknowledging the luxury of enjoying it from a distance.
  3. Reviewed by: Matt Glasby
    Oct 21, 2013
    80
    Slicker than the original without the sudden lurches in quality, this second shaky-cam horror anthology still has a standout sequence by which all the others must be judged.
  4. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    May 17, 2013
    80
    This one is shorter and has fewer segments, but also earns a much higher batting average. In fact, there’s nary a dud among the four main tales (not including the titled bookends), which each whip elements of terror, macabre humor and the fantastical into a giddy frenzy.
  5. Reviewed by: Sean O Connell
    Jul 18, 2013
    75
    The gory and grotesque V/H/S/2 marks such a drastic improvement over its predecessor, though, that I’m actually eager to see who signs up for the inevitable third endeavor. With the right people in p
  6. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    May 17, 2013
    75
    V/H/S/2 is a whole lot of fun.
  7. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    May 17, 2013
    75
    S-VHS isn’t as pants-pooping scary as the first, but it is funnier, tighter and slicker.
  8. Reviewed by: Abhimanyu Das
    Apr 15, 2013
    75
    A welcome contrast to the first film's snuff-y atmosphere and general mean-spiritedness, featuring more humor, fewer hateful characters, and occasional twinges of relatable human emotion.
  9. 63
    The best of them you could certainly see as full length features, chilling little tastes of a complete vision — story, characters, horrific situations and visual aesthetic. The worst? Simply generic.
  10. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Oct 11, 2013
    60
    There are some dull stretches here, but also some grisly instant hits: nasty, deplorable, vulgar and sometimes brilliant.
  11. Reviewed by: Tom Huddleston
    Oct 8, 2013
    60
    This sequel suffers from the same lack of quality control that plagued the first film.
  12. Reviewed by: Justin Lowe
    May 17, 2013
    50
    The scares are as hit-or-miss as the filmmaking in the second installment of the “VHS” found-footage horror anthology series.
  13. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Jul 11, 2013
    40
    This sequel to last year’s surprise buzz-maker takes the same appreciative approach to scare-flick tradition: Take hipsters, mix into classic genre riff, goose until ludicrous; repeat. Not every try is successful, but as with any anthology, if you don’t like one, sit back and wait for the next.
  14. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Jul 11, 2013
    40
    V/H/S/2 is content to recycle the conventions and stylistic restrictions of the original while pursuing the default vision of just about every horror sequel: more of the same, with less inspiration, a bigger budget, and more gore.
  15. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Jul 9, 2013
    40
    None of the chapters use the unifying formal conceit to any real advantage; only one, directed by Timo Tjahjanto and The Raid: Redemption’s Gareth Huw Evans, is worth a rental.
  16. Reviewed by: Steve Boone
    Jul 12, 2013
    38
    Like so many horror films in recent years, V/H/S/2 appears more lightweight the more it tries to impress with its inventiveness and grotesquerie.
  17. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Jul 11, 2013
    38
    With the exception of “Tape 49” — the Simon Barrett-directed segment about the PI — the films are ridiculously shaky, their camerawork so determinedly guerrilla-style that it’s difficult not to look away, sometimes at crucial moments. Found footage is all well and good, but if it’s unwatchable, it might as well have stayed lost.
  18. Reviewed by: Andy Webster
    Jul 11, 2013
    30
    The horror anthology has a long tradition, going at least as far back as the British classic “Dead of Night,” in 1945. The best offer surprise endings or a sense of humor. You won’t receive much of either here. Just vertigo and maybe a wicked case of induced attention deficit disorder.
  19. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Jul 24, 2013
    20
    V/H/S/2 is for gore hounds exclusively.
  20. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Jul 9, 2013
    10
    There isn't a scare to be found in the series's second installment.
  21. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Jul 9, 2013
    0
    V/H/S/2 is a diabolically psychotic, sub-mental and completely unwatchable disaster that I happily deserted when a man with a retinal implant scooped out his bionic eye with a sharp object, splattering blood all over the camera. Your move, and you’re welcome to it.
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 30 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Jul 12, 2013
    4
    This movie is original and follows the footsteps of its predecessor in almost every aspect, it is horrifying and clever, with new ideas andThis movie is original and follows the footsteps of its predecessor in almost every aspect, it is horrifying and clever, with new ideas and amazing costume design. On the other hand, it has boring build ups and stupid characters you don't care about, unlike V/H/S it is not always intense, but sometimes boring and dreadful to watch, it has some cliches, more of it is not the type of horror movie everyone might enjoy, it is not everyone's cup of tea. Full Review »
  2. Jul 25, 2013
    8
    V/H/S was a great, innovative movie for the horror genre. Took the found footage concept and added another dimension to it. This one was aV/H/S was a great, innovative movie for the horror genre. Took the found footage concept and added another dimension to it. This one was a step-up, and didn't know that was possible because 1 was so good. This could easily turn into a franchise i.e. Paranormal Activity. Low budget, high reward. However, my only complaint is that if they make a 3rd to this, they need to get it everywhere in theaters. This limited release stuff doesn't do this film justice. Everyone needs to see it. Anyway, this film was amazing. I loved it. It was incredibly creepy & fun to watch. This is one of those films you'll either like, or won't. Mostly due to how graphic it is. But maybe that's why its on a limited circuit. However, its a fun movie for the mature viewer and I hope they release a 3rd. Make it a franchise. Its fun. Favorite segment has to be either Safe Haven or Slumber Party. Highly recommend. Full Review »
  3. Jul 18, 2013
    9
    V/H/S/2 is an improvement over its predecessor; that it is technically advanced, much more creativity and clever and quite unpredictable. TheV/H/S/2 is an improvement over its predecessor; that it is technically advanced, much more creativity and clever and quite unpredictable. The film is definitely flawed due to a lame wraparound segment, some weak moments and a lack of chills and creepiness. But the film makes up for its flaws by making V/H/S/2 a suspenseful, exciting and a bloody good time. Full Review »