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Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)

Country: USA

Genres: Comedy

Taglines: It's Kind of a Big Deal

Director: Adam McKay

Writers: Will Ferrell, Adam McKay

Stars: Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, ...

Having left San Diego for New York City, Ron Burgundy is living the high life with his wife Veronica Corningstone and son Walter Burgundy. However, when the boss decides to promote Veronica to full time lead anchor and fire Ron, everything changes. Now heading back to San Diego, Ron is washed up and working part time at Sea World. His shot at redemption though comes in the form of a man named Freddie Schapp, who's an executive producer at the Global News Network, the world's first 24 hour round the clock news channel. He hires Ron, who proceeds to reunite the news team of Champ, Brick, and Brian, and head back to New York City. While there Ron and his news team are given the graveyard shift and a challenge. Ron comes up with a radical new idea to transform the news and that puts him at the top of the game once again. But how long will Ron's newfound fame last? And will Brick finally find true love?

88 | 2013-12-17 | 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.
Read More: Chicago Sun-Times

83 | 2013-12-18 | 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.
Read More: Portland Oregonian

80 | 2013-12-17 | 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.
Read More: The Dissolve

80 | 2013-12-16 | 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.
Read More: Total Film

80 | 2013-12-16 | 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.
Read More: Village Voice

75 | 2013-12-18 | 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.
Read More: Rolling Stone

75 | 2013-12-18 | 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.
Read More: The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

75 | 2013-12-18 | Chris Nashawaty

It's still plenty hilarious in a reheated sort of way.
Read More: Entertainment Weekly

75 | 2013-12-18 | 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!"
Read More: Philadelphia Inquirer

75 | 2013-12-17 | 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.
Read More: USA Today

75 | 2013-12-17 | Peter Hartlaub

Yet it's very funny, a disappointment only to those who expect to see something bold and new.
Read More: San Francisco Chronicle

75 | 2013-12-17 | Steve Persall

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

70 | 2013-12-18 | 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.
Read More: NPR

70 | 2013-12-17 | 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.
Read More: The New York Times

70 | 2013-12-16 | Todd McCarthy

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

70 | 2013-12-16 | Scott Foundas

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

70 | 2013-12-16 | 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.
Read More: New York Magazine (Vulture)

67 | 2013-12-18 | 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.
Read More: Austin Chronicle

67 | 2013-12-18 | 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.
Read More: The A.V. Club

67 | 2013-12-17 | 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.
Read More: The Playlist

63 | 2013-12-19 | 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.
Read More: Boston Globe

63 | 2013-12-18 | James Berardinelli

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

63 | 2013-12-17 | 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.
Read More: Washington Post

63 | 2013-12-17 | Michael Phillips

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

63 | 2013-12-16 | 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.
Read More: McClatchy-Tribune News Service

60 | 2013-12-19 | 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.
Read More: Time

60 | 2013-12-17 | 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.
Read More: Los Angeles Times

60 | 2013-12-17 | 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.
Read More: Arizona Republic

60 | 2013-12-16 | Robbie Collin

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

60 | 2013-12-16 | 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.
Read More: Empire

60 | 2013-12-16 | 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.
Read More: Time Out London

60 | 2013-12-16 | Andrew Pulver

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

50 | 2013-12-20 | 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.”
Read More: Salon.com

50 | 2013-12-18 | 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.
Read More: Christian Science Monitor

50 | 2013-12-18 | 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.
Read More: RogerEbert.com

50 | 2013-12-17 | 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.
Read More: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

50 | 2013-12-17 | 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.
Read More: New York Post

40 | 2013-12-17 | Joe Neumaier

Like the bloated channels it parodies, the movie stretches to find something to say, then settles for stupid.
Read More: New York Daily News

38 | 2013-12-18 | 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.
Read More: Slant Magazine

25 | 2013-12-19 | Rene Rodriguez

The lack of effort, right down to the unimaginative title, is dispiriting.
Read More: Miami Herald