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Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues


With the 70s behind him, San Diego's top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy, returns to take New York's first 24-hour news channel by storm.

Actors: Will Ferrell , Steve Carell , Paul Rudd , Christina Applegate , David Koechner , James Marsden , Kristen Wiig , Meagan Good , Dylan Baker , Tina Fey
Directors: Adam McKay
Country: USA
Release: 2013-12-18
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  • Richard Roeper

    Ferrell and his longtime collaborator Adam McKay have a unique gift for creating characters that are human car wrecks yet somehow win our affection.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Jeff Baker

    Not every gag works, and McKay's directing style could best be described as loose, but the last 30 minutes, when Burgundy goes blind, recovers, and leads a cameo-studded throwdown in Central Park, are worth an hour of Durango commercials.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Matt Singer

    The film pinballs from one setpiece to the next with almost no concern for plot, characters, pacing, or stakes. At times, laughing at all the jokes actually gets a little exhausting.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Kevin Harley

    Bigger and broader than before, Ron’s return occasionally feels like autocue’d sequel-making. But it spikes old news with enough fresh comic zip to keep you hooked through the self-indulgent stretches.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    The good news is that Anchorman 2 is pretty funny. It's also more rambling and hit-or-miss than its predecessor, which means, thankfully, that it's less likely to become what we euphemistically call iconic: In other words, fewer annoying guys will be inspired to quote it.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    When is a movie fall-down funny even when some scenes fall flat on their fat ones? When it's Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Adam Nayman

    It’s a stacked lineup, and considering the profound un-funniness of so many Hollywood comedies, the fact that the film bats somewhere around .300 for its two-hour duration makes it feel like a genuine all-star event.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    No manner of bizarre distraction can keep Anchorman's hapless hero from his mission: "I'm going to do what God put Ron Burgundy on this earth to do," he declares. "Have salon-quality hair and read the news!"

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    It's still plenty hilarious in a reheated sort of way.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    The movie cleverly spoofs the 24-hour TV news cycle, as well as sexism and racism in the workplace. Not every scene is equally funny, of course, but most of the comic antics generate laughs.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Peter Hartlaub

    Yet it's very funny, a disappointment only to those who expect to see something bold and new.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    McKay and Ferrell keep the jokes naughty not dirty and flying for shrapnel accuracy; many miss, but when one hits it counts.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Ian Buckwalter

    It's impossible for all of them to work, but the sheer volume of material, delivered by a cast dedicated to the absolute absurdity of the setups — Fantana's new career as a kitten photographer, Kind's side business running a fast-food chain with a specialty in fried bat, Burgundy nursing and training a live shark while blind and living in a lighthouse — is a kind of comedy carpet-bombing. All it takes is a certain percentage of hits for things to detonate.

    NPR Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    It’s a frequently amusing, occasionally hilarious, rarely unpleasant grab bag of mild mockery and inspired lunacy, decked out with cameos from beloved comic performers and random celebrities.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    Comedically, everyone's on the same page here, which means that, even when things flag, more fun isn't far off.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    A modestly less quotable but generously funny new adventure for scotch-and-mahogany-loving 1970s newsman Ron Burgundy.

    Variety Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    Scene after scene rockets past dumb, past camp, past Kabuki, and into the Milky Way of Silly where laws can be made up and discarded as long as what happens gets laughs.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    As with the original Anchorman, the gags fly fast and free; not all of them work, but a romantic subplot between linguistically challenged Brick and GNN secretary Chani (Wiig) is an inspired comedic dorkgasm.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Ben Kenigsberg

    All of McKay’s movies improve on repeat viewings, as they become familiar and meme worthy. If Anchorman 2 seems hit-and-miss now, there’s a significant chance that it will get funnier over the long haul.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Kevin Jagernauth

    Patchy as often as its outright hilarious, fantastically outrageous just as frequently as its forgettable and flatlining, the sequel winds up a bit better than a second tier Ferrell outing.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    While Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is a disappointment — how could it not be? — it’s not for lack of trying. If anything, the movie tries too hard.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues could easily be called Anchorman 2: More of the Same.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    Buried inside this grab bag of hits and misses is a pretty good point about the descent of television news into a miasma of 24/7 speculation, fluff and, most of all, hype.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Maybe if I liked the first "Anchorman" a little less, I'd like Anchorman 2 a little more. Still, I laughed.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    The buffoonery goes epic in this sillier than silly sequel, a broad, down and dirty comedy overfilled with funny people trying to one-up one another on the set in the classic “best line wins” school of comic improvisation.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    Anchorman 2 is more like SNL in the sharper years (1995–2002), when McKay was a writer and Ferrell one of the Not Ready for Prime Time Players. Expect no more and you should be satisfied. Wine connoisseurs would call this a new Burgundy with an old bouquet.

    Time Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    With so many sight gags and nearly every living comic in the world making an appearance at some point, the entire operation, like Ron's ego, feels a bit bloated.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Is it a good movie? It’s OK. But is it funny? It is, and ultimately that’s all it sets out to be.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Robbie Collin

    The legend loses something in the retelling, but what’s new here is mostly worth the trip.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Dan Jolin

    Patchy and in need of a rigorous edit, but amid all the weeds there is some ripe comedy (satire, even) for the plucking.

    Empire Full Review
  • Tom Huddleston

    Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is not the disaster some feared it might be, but neither is it the endlessly quotable, deliciously idiotic follow-on so many of us were optimistically anticipating.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Andrew Pulver

    This Anchorman sequel knows who its fans are, and does its best to keep them happy. No one will be complaining.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    This is the kind of movie where most people know what they want and are pretty sure what they will get, that being “more of the same, please.” Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    The most inventive aspect of the film, aside from a lovely, daffy romantic duet between hypernerds played by Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig, are the promotional tie-ins with which we’ve been inundated -- Ron hawking Dodge Durango trucks, accepting journalism school awards, etc.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    Lacks the original's momentum. It only sometimes builds to the peaks of lunacy that you want and need from this sort of picture. It goes here, it goes there, it does this, it does that. Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    OK, the musical ode to Doby the shark elicits a grin, but the low-percentage script is loaded with buckshot, not harpoons, and Anchorman 2 ends up sinking.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    Anchorman 2 is like watching “Anchorman” being re-enacted by semi-professionals trying to cover up their lapses by being extra-emphatic, super-doofy: 2013 Steve Carell does a lousy impression of 2004 Steve Carell.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    Like the bloated channels it parodies, the movie stretches to find something to say, then settles for stupid.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Chris Cabin

    The film's half-hearted plea for responsibility and ethics in the news, after joyfully rolling around in its corruption for the majority of its runtime, smacks of plain pandering.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    The lack of effort, right down to the unimaginative title, is dispiriting.

    Miami Herald Full Review
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