More enjoyable than the first one, IMO. Whether it is actually the case or not, it feels like everyone involved is just freewheeling and having a good time doing it. Where the story/acting of the first felt forced, this one feels the opposite. Almost like they themselves are making fun of the ridiculous story as they go. And I still love Soderbergh's direction, particularly his use of color and filters. 4/5.
One of Soderbergh's most blatantly experimental films, made all the more remarkable for being produced by a major Hollywood studio, is also one of his best. As Chris McEwen states below, the film is a post-modern melange of Lester's comic surrealism with Godard's playful deconstruction, but filtered through Soderbergh's continual experiments with technique (colour, composition, style, structure). An audacious film!
Convoluted, indulgent and borderline avant-garde, but I still think it's kind of amazing. It almost feels like a prank from Soderbergh and company, hustling 100 million out of a major studio to take a European vacation and make what is essentially an art-house caper scored by electronic and underground hip-hop.
A defiant anti-sequel, and the purest distillation of Soderbergh's two primary influences (Lester and Godard) in his filmography yet. Much more enjoyable when you realize it's all purposefully inconsequential.
Ocean's Twelve is everything that the first film wasn't... Where Ocean's Eleven was a fun, tight crime thriller Ocean's Twelve is a tiresome and convoluted follow up that only exists because the first film made enough money to warrant a sequel. The forced romance between Pitt and Zeta-Jones characters only boggs the movie down and the main antagonist has none of the menace that Andy Garcia had in the first film...