Happy Death Day 2U (2019)

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Critic Consensus: A funnier follow-up with a sci-fi bent, Happy Death Day 2U isn't as fiendishly fresh as its predecessor, but fans of the original may still find this a sequel worth celebrating.

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Jessica Rothe leads the returning cast of HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U, the follow-up to Blumhouse's (Split, Get Out, The Purge series) surprise 2017 smash hit of riveting, repeating twists and comic turns. This time, our hero Tree Gelbman (Rothe) discovers that dying over and over was surprisingly easier than the dangers that lie ahead. Jason Blum once again produces and Christopher Landon returns to write and direct this next chapter, while Happy Death Day executive producers Angela Mancuso and John Baldecchi are newly joined by EP Samson Mucke (Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse).

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Critic Reviews for Happy Death Day 2U

All Critics (154) | Top Critics (22)

It is instead that rarity - a sequel that is both better than the original and manages to retroactively improve that movie.

Feb 16, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Rothe mugs and emotes for all she's worth, which is something, but her effort only highlights the desultory character of everything around her.

Feb 15, 2019 | Rating: 0/5 | Full Review…

Like its predecessor, the movie has a broad sentimental streak, but the sentiment feels more thoughtful and heartfelt this time around.

Feb 14, 2019 | Full Review…

Put Happy Death Day 2U together with its predecessor, Happy Death Day, and you could easily call the pair Dumb and Dumber.

Feb 14, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Jessica Rothe as Tree is still an appealing presence. But the film is overstuffed with unfunny self-parodying gore slapstick, half-felt sentimentality and semi-meta sci-fi...

Feb 14, 2019 | Full Review…

Stalk-and-kill movies bear some resemblance to classic farces, but no horror movies have taken the similarities as far as Happy Death Day and its busier, just-as-fun sequel, Happy Death 2 U.

Feb 13, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Happy Death Day 2U

This sequel was interesting and a fun misdirection of the first, but the overall twisty narrative wasn't as fun as expected. The mid credits stinger felt like Independence Day 2's ending and I'm not sure if number 3 will be worth the investment. The film captures the essence of the first film, and the death homages are the best part, much like Groundhog Day. The slasher angle is dialled down and the genre swap is interesting, but robs the film from being truly different. I feel this landed in the same quality as the first, not a horrible sequel or a home run by any means. It is a fun franchise, but lacking high quality to maintain cult status. Time will tell if this is deserving of another sequel. 17/02/2019

Brendan Nicholls
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