Robocop 2 (1990) - Rotten Tomatoes

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Robocop 2 (1990)



Critic Consensus: A less satisfying rehash that generally lives down to the negative stereotype of sequels, RoboCop 2 tries to deliver more of everything and ends up with less.

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A new drug has surfaced in the crime-laden city of Detroit, causing crime to reach preposterous proportions so the laboratory inventors of Robocop (1) go back to their drawing boards and come up with a super version, Robocop 2--more powerful than its predecessor and therefore more capable of handling the problems afoot. Unfortunately something goes wrong with the new Robocop and it goes nuts. The original Robocop (Peter Weller) has to battle not only the evils of the street, it must defeat its new demented "brother."

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Peter Weller
as Robocop
Nancy Allen
as Anne Lewis
Felton Perry
as Donald Johnson
Belinda Bauer
as Juliette Faxx
John Glover
as Magnavolt Salesman
Leeza Gibbons
as Jess Perkins
Mario Machado
as Casey Wong
John Ingle
as Surgeon General
Willard E. Pugh
as Mayor Kuzak
Patricia Charbonneau
as Lab technician Garcia
Jeff McCarthy
as Holzgang
Lila Finn
as Old Woman
John Hateley
as Purse Snatcher
Wallace Merck
as Gun Shop Owner
Linda Thompson
as Mother with Baby
Lily Chen Ching
as Desperate Woman
Eric Glenn
as Injured Cop
Erik Cord
as Angry Citizens
George Cheung
as Gillette
Tzi Ma
as Tak Akita
Gary Bullock
as Hack Doctor
Angie Bolling
as Ellen Murphy
Fabiana Udenio
as Sunblock Woman
Ken Lerner
as Delaney
Yogi Baird
as Contortionist
Jerry Nelson
as Darren Thomas
Woody Watson
as OCP Security
Ed Geldhart
as Electronic Store Owner
David Dwyer
as Little League Coach
Adam Faraizl
as Little League Kid
James McQueens
as Dr. Weltman
Robert DoQui
as Sgt. Reed
Michael Weller
as OCP Security
Richard Reyes
as Angry Citizen
Charles Bailey
as Angry Citizen
Jo Perkins
as Angry Citizen
Ed Geldart
as Electronics Store Owner
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Critic Reviews for Robocop 2

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (9)

You may never know whether Murphy has completely turned into a machine, but you know the movie has, and boredom sets in.

February 6, 2018 | Full Review…
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Gone is the heart of the first film with its mini-tragedy of a man trapped in a machine.

August 23, 2017 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Rehashes the satiric and character-based concerns of its superior predecessor.

April 17, 2011 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Everything in the first movie is pretty much redone again. But in this case, the repetition isn't a bad thing.

June 6, 2002 | Full Review…

RoboCop 2 is all machine, and it's all vile.

May 12, 2001

This ultraviolent, nihilistic sequel has enough technical dazzle to impress hardware fans, but obviously no one in the Orion front office told filmmakers that less is more.

February 13, 2001 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Robocop 2

Sequel to Robocop is a mediocre outing and one that just tries to duplicate what the first film tried to do. With this film there a few things that work, but unfortunately there is a lot to be desired from this follow up. I really expected something good with this one; unfortunately, it tries too hard at outdoing the original and in many ways it copies the first and recycles ideas. The story is bland with few entertaining moments, and what this sequel lacks is an effective and memorable villain. The original Robocop had Clarence Boddicker, which was brilliantly played by Kurtwood Smith. The villain in this one, although played by Tom Noonan, who is a great actor, but simply doesn't deliver anything memorable in his performance as Cain. I really thought the film was a missed opportunity to make something truly great, and overall the film feels rushed with a paper thin script, and wooden dialogue that at times is cringe worthy. I loved the original film, but with this entry, the film simply doesn't do anything really entertaining and memorable. The ending fight was well done, but most action bits were just not interesting and fell apart. The plot was somewhat good, but it was underdeveloped and lacked a bit in terms of original content. Viewers who enjoy mindless thrills will surely love this one, but for die hard Robocop fans, they may dislike this one and with good reason. If the studio would have waited in trying to create a terrific sequel, and concentrated on writing a great script, then this sequel would certainly have worked. Unfortunately Robocop 2 and 3 are prime examples of movies that were made with no emphasis on quality. There are some decent action bits here and there, but overall this is a mediocre film that simply doesn't live up to the original. If more effort would have been put into this film, then this sequel surely would have been just as good as the original.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

Because I grew up on these movies, I liked it. Not the best acting, but still cool.

Eric Alvarez
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer

Spot Collins from Newsies plays a murdering drug pusher 11 year old. Can't beat that. Also, Tom Noohan plays a killer robot that is fueled by drugs. And at the end, there is an epic hour long robot fight...that makes it lose some points. But in the end, this still has plenty of fun robo cop good times.

Curtis Lilly
Curtis Lilly

Super Reviewer

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