Compiled by: Jack Foley
IT'S been 10 years since the original, yet the trailer for Bad
Boys 2 looked pretty awesome, in terms of action, comedy and the
chemistry between Will Smith and Martin Lawrence.
Sadly, though, the reaction towards it in America, when it opened
on July 18, was less than friendly. In fact, I can't remember
reading as bad a set of reviews for a mainstream movie for a long,
long time... not since Pearl Harbor, in fact.
Surely it can't be as bad as the following suggests...
Rolling Stone leads the way, describing the sequel as
'the cinematic equivalent of toxic waste', while the Dallas
Morning News stated that 'Bad Boys II is enough to make a
young person feel old, and an old person stop going to the movies'.
Critic Doctor, meanwhile, stated that 'this is a film
that is so bad, that it forces me to consider whether I might
have been a bit hasty when I recently claimed that Charlies
Angels: Full Throttle was one of the worst things ever produced
The New York Post referred to it as, 'basically, the longest,
the most expensive, most vulgar and by far the stupidest episode
of Miami Vice ever', while Hollywood Reporter said that
'Bay ... inflates what should have been a lean, taut action comedy
into a two and a half hour marathon'.
Slant Magazine was equally as vitriolic, stating that
'Michael Bays latest jingoistic fetish film, Bad Boys II,
could be the most vile creation to come out of Hollywood since
While the Los Angeles Times stated that it is 'a mind-boggling,
nerve-numbing, adrenaline-pumping combination of shock-and-awe
brilliance and idiocy'.
And Reel Views opined that 'Bad Boys II isn't just bad
it's a catastrophic violation of every aspect of cinema
that I as a film critic hold dear'.
There were some better notices, however, with the occasional
critic finding something to praise in the action vehicle.
Entertainment Weekly, for example, stated that 'Smith
and Lawrence give good razz, but Bad Boys II proves that it's
possible to pack a movie with so much popcorn that it leaves the
audience overdosed'. It awarded it a B-.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, meanwhile, stated that 'Jerry
Bruckheimer has delivered a destruction extravaganza that is the
peak, the thundering apex, the exploding propane refinery of overblown
And E! Online felt that 'the overdone movie could've shaved
off about half of the action - and that surprisingly raw showing
of gore - and would have been just fine. But at least you know
you're getting your money's worth'.
Reel.com felt that it 'raises the action bar for cop movies
in general', but even the positives generally found something
negative to say, with the two hour 24 minute running time a big
problem for most people.
SplicedWire, for example, felt that it is 'a 100-mph joy
ride until it...runs out of steam. Its not that fireballs
and gunfights drop off, its that the accumulative effect
becomes a mind-numbing din of million-dollar-a-minute over-production'.
While the Chicago Tribune said that it is 'a movie that
is entertaining and exciting and doesn't let up for a second
but one that is also sometimes jaw-droppingly awful'.
Newsday felt that 'somewhere deep beneath the layers of
broken glass, twisted chrome, mutilated flesh and burnt gunpowder
clogging Bad Boys II, there are faint signs of a cunning little
crime comedy straining to breathe free'.
And the New York Times stated that it is an 'assaultive,
bombastic, and occasionally funny spectacle'.
The Philadelphia Inquirer added that 'despite some awesomely
choreographed stunts and the two stars' pedal-to -the-metal appeal,
the movie seems endless'.
But, in the main, the overall reaction was extremely negative,
with Arizona Republic drawing this overview to a close
with the following description: "Take away its endless trail
of bodies, and Bad Boys II is a stale, tedious, woefully acted
movie that wastes the talents of Smith and proves once and for
all that Lawrence has precious little talent at all."
The movie opens in the UK in October.