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2.4
107 Ratings

Happy Death Day 2U

Directed by Christopher Landon
United States, 2019
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Synopsis

Tree Gelbman discovers that dying over and over was surprisingly easier than the dangers that lie ahead.

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Happy Death Day 2U Directed by Christopher Landon
What’s good about HDD2U is how closely it evokes the first installment. What’s bad is that it violates the cardinal rule about not providing exposition. Everything that went unanswered about Happy Death Day gets explained, and it almost doesn’t matter whether the explanations themselves are any good. The impulse is the mistake.
February 15, 2019
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Landon (who also scripted this one) maintains the same charming tone he established in the first film—we’re not meant to take the story too seriously, even though we’re meant to view most of the characters with affection—and he accomplishes some nifty tracking shots as well.
February 15, 2019
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If you’re looking for a movie that juggles comedy and gore as casually and loosely as the original, Happy Death Day 2U is not your movie—not least because it’s not really a horror movie. . . . The sequel more diligently—and ultimately less satisfyingly—taps into the emotional core of its premise, pushing it to its logical extremes.
February 15, 2019
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What are people saying?

  • chanandre's rating of the film Happy Death Day 2U

    [Cineplace Leiria] The loop machine being named after Sisyphus was a nice touch. I always liked the concept of someone being stuck inside a day. The baby masks are indeed creepy as fuck. Opening up spam porn windows as you are programming a complex AI-driven machine? Adorably dumb. She let go of having her mom alive (ouch) to move on in her dimension & have a decent boyfriend. Love trumping family trauma. Cute-ish.

  • HKFanatic's rating of the film Happy Death Day 2U

    "Happy Death Day 2U" swings big, leaving behind PG-13 slasher territory for an embrace of the broader science-fiction and comedy genres, along with some surprisingly heavy emotional beats. At times the film even risks dipping into sentimentality, but it's all held together by the uncanny talent of series lead Jessica Rothe, who at this point absolutely deserves a place on the Hollywood A-List. What can't she do?

  • Palmat's rating of the film Happy Death Day 2U

    A sequel that betters its predecessor. While the first film was fun this movie widens the scope of the world we see and opens up for all kinds of possibilities. Sure, the slasher-vibe is pushed to the side for more emotional content and a story that is more weird sci-fi than horror, but that works in the movie's favour. The score was pretty good as well, especially when it riffed off Halloween and Back To The Future.

  • Steve Pulaski's rating of the film Happy Death Day 2U

    The odds were stacked against "Happy Death Day 2U." It was almost too easy for it to repeat the same premise with the same characters, or even worse, an entirely new cast. But with everyone back, this sequel doubles down on the interworkings of the "time loop" and the ensuing fun. The cast remains talented, and their characters as likably human as they were before. Bonus points for that rad Paramore montage too.

  • Filipe F. Coutinho's rating of the film Happy Death Day 2U

    Surpasses the original in thrills, inventiveness and humor. This high concept extravaganza is centered around a strong emotional core, intelligently using the “live, die, repeat” device against the audience’s expectations. There might be fewer deaths and less blood, but the mystery box gained a sense of adventure. Anchored by a spectacular turn by Jessica Rothe who grabs the screen with the ferocity of a future star.

  • eek's rating of the film Happy Death Day 2U

    Jessica Rothe is great and she deserves a better script than this piece of shit. The first movie was solid fun, this one is insultingly stupid most of the time, especially the last act. Shame

  • Not A Sexy Vampire's rating of the film Happy Death Day 2U

    While it doesn't always reach the gleeful heights of its predecessor (one of the unexpected highlights of the last couple of years), it works as a fascinating, more emotional expansion. Largely moves away from any kind of horror (maybe two jump scares?) but into something weirder and more fun. Jessica Rothe anchors the film and is absolutely delightful, a scream queen for the ages. She deserves to be in everything.

  • BLP's rating of the film Happy Death Day 2U

    Just as fun, fast-paced and entertaining as the prequel. Still a dumb guilty-pleasure but the film knows it and doesn't take itself too serious. In fact, a lot of stuff is done for effect. Jessica Rothe is once again absolutely delightful as "Tree".

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