'The Hangover Part II' Critic Reviews

81%
MovieWeb:   19 reviews
34%
Rotten Tomatoes:   237 reviews
  • Julian Roman MovieWeb (Top Critic)
    40
    A colossal disappointment, The term dialed-in should be replaced with The Hangover 2.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    75
    Now that we know them, the core characters are all the funnier; they've become an American suburban version of the Three Stooges.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Manohla Dargis New York Times (Top Critic)
    40
    If you superimposed a diagram that mapped out all the narrative beats, characters and jokes in "The Hangover Part II" over one for "The Hangover," the two would align almost perfectly.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Philip French Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    The Hangover Part II sees the same ingredients shaken up in the kaleidoscope, but a less attractive and far less amusing pattern emerges.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    20
    We all enjoyed ourselves during that first movie. But now ... well, the hangover has begun.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Scott Bowles USA Today (Top Critic)
    50
    For all the talent Hangover II reassembles, our boys just can't muster the hair of the dog that bit them the first time around.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Ann Hornaday Washington Post (Top Critic)
    25
    A veritable textbook case of what not to do when re-making a comedy that depended on sheer surprise for most of its appeal.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    38
    The movie's an unclean thing and a mostly unfunny one.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Eric Hynes Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Trade out Las Vegas for Bangkok, a tiger for a monkey, a lactating hooker for a trannie stripper, a missing tooth for a face tattoo, and you've got Todd Phillips's rote, dispiriting replica of his own surprise smash hit.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    40
    It would be nice if Phillips could find something original to say when we all get together to tear the next town apart.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    I can't believe how precisely everything does happen again, except that what was fresh and surprising in Las Vegas turns rancid and predictable in Bangkok, where yet another wedding is scheduled to take place.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Amy Biancolli Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    75
    Despite all the similarities, despite the same madcap plotting and hysterically unhinged comic filth, The Hangover Part II veers into much darker territory.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Tom Maurstad Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    75
    It's a tribute to the filmmakers, particularly director and co-writer Todd Phillips, that the best way to approach The Hangover Part II is to talk about what it isn't. It isn't a typical sequel, either a watered-down encore or a muddled [extension].
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Glenn Kenny MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    20
    ...[it] sacrifices plausibility, believability and empathy with anything that doesn't validate its lead characters' 'Wolf Pack' mentality in the service of a smirkingly cynical attitude.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • David Denby New Yorker (Top Critic)
    The Hangover Part II isn't a dud, exactly -- some of it is very funny, and there are a few memorable jolts and outlandish dirty moments. But it feels, at times, like a routine adventure film set overseas.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    50
    The MPAA's elaboration of the film's R rating says the movie has "pervasive language, strong sexual content including graphic nudity, drug use and brief violent images." Also other stuff. Maybe their space was limited.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    38
    I need jokes. Something more than a situation recycling the situation in the first one. I'd like filmmakers who, worldwide grosses aside, show more of an interest in filming visual comedy -- gross-out, violent, action-based, whatever -- with some finesse.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    It's still fun to watch, but the first one was better.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    50
    While these characters were amusing the first time around, Phillips and his screenwriters don't bring much new to the party.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    63
    Repeating the structure of the first film beat for beat, writer/director Todd Phillips keeps things fresh by going sleazier and more depraved, a litany of pain and suffering played for laughs. It's one part comedy to four parts juvenile delinquency.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    34
    Maybe what goes on in Vegas really should stay in Vegas.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Randy Cordova Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    50
    This isn't even really a sequel to the hilarious 2009 comedy smash set in Las Vegas. It's virtually the same movie, just transferred to another continent and with the raunch wildly amped up.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Andrew Barker Variety (Top Critic)
    The stock dismissal "more of the same" has rarely been more accurately applied to a sequel than to The Hangover Part II, which ranks as little more than a faded copy of its predecessor superimposed on a more brightly colored background.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    50
    I have the sad duty to report I found this more elaborate, play-it-safe sequel far less fresh or funny.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    50
    The lads in the "Hangover" "wolfpack" seem a tad winded, this time around. From concept to execution, "Hangover Part II" has a "been there, done that, jailed for it" feel.
    Full Review » 3 years ago