• Network: CBS
  • Series Premiere Date: Nov 6, 2005
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
19

Overwhelming dislike - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 11
  2. Negative: 9 out of 11
  1. Fans of this telefilm's predecessor... will probably enjoy this upped ante of a sequel, though it once again mixes spectacular effects with childish human melodrama.
  2. There's little point in critiquing the acting other than to say this isn't a production that will embellish anyone's list of credits. Nearly everyone here is a caricature trying to make the best of a miniseries that is all about the special effects.
  3. Accidentally ridiculous. [4 Nov 2005, p.69]
  4. 25
    It has moments of being so-bad-it's-good, which is to say it's at its best when it's a near-satire of the genre. But it drowns in redundant action scenes and sentimentality.
  5. 25
    Even with network movie expectations at an all-time low, you might expect more from November's only broadcast miniseries than an overblown repeat. We've seen enough bad weather and bad movies to last a lifetime; why anyone would want to see the two combine again is beyond me.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    10
    "Category 7" blows and then some.
  7. To sit through these four hours is to deserve compensation.
  8. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    10
    The storms in this production have more personality than the characters who chase, study and prepare for them.
  9. As bad as the original was, the sequel is even worse.
  10. Here's an early candidate for worst miniseries of the 21st Century.
  11. 0
    The miniseries is about as enjoyable as toenail fungus or that sickening commercial for its cure.
User Score
3.7

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 92 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 79
  2. Negative: 50 out of 79
  1. Aug 28, 2014
    5
    After seeing "Category 6" just a few days ago... what a disappointment.

    We have a new set of characters, whom you start to familiarize with
    only in the second part (who they are, names, family members, ideals, connections...)

    The plot is weaker. It dashes forwards, and the scenes just keep flying back and forth. I especially hated the camera work during the action (few seconds from here, few seconds from there) and strange, "artistic" decisions that really made the scene not better, but worse.

    It's also strange to me how a city-wide black out actually saved Washington DC when Chicago, in the previous part, was destroyed when it was powered out already. Maybe they explained it at some point and I didn't catch the difference, but that really seemed like a big inconsistency.

    The special effects were, if possible, worse. I can live with that in a movie like this, but when the general structure, plot, and acting were so much worse than in "Category 6", I was utterly disappointed.

    Not a total waste of time, but it feels so much worse next to its stronger prequel.
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  2. sylviaj
    Jun 12, 2006
    10
    great movie; where can i get it???
  3. CaryH
    Dec 30, 2005
    8
    Little far fetch, but it makes you wonder - ?Could it Happen - sure, why not?