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The Pink Panther 2 (2009)

Country: USA

Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Crime

Taglines: Les meilleurs inspecteurs du monde font équipe...cherchez l'intrus! (The best detectives in the world are teaming up...look for the intruder!)

Director: Harald Zwart

Writers: Steve Martin, Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber, Maurice Richlin, ...

Stars: Steve Martin, Jean Reno, Emily Mortimer, Andy Garcia, ...

After having been rewarded for solving the mystery of the Pink Panther Diamond, inspector Jacques Clouseau has been assigned to minor tasks by his boss inspector Dreyfus so as not to have him in his way anymore. Unfortunately, the famous diamond has once again been stolen as have many other artifacts in a series of burglaries around the world. His past success will enable inspector Clouseau to be part of the dream team comprised of the greatest detectives of the affected countries, where he will be able to display his numerous talents across the world.

75 | Patrick Parker

If you liked the first then you are going to like this one as Clouseau is offensive and outrageous, which is a perfect fit for one of the "Wild and Crazy Guys."
Read More: Premiere

67 | Owen Gleiberman

Provides genial chuckles, but it's never excitingly rude.
Read More: Entertainment Weekly

63 | Jason Buchanan

The results are, quite surprisingly, fairly charming.
Read More: TV Guide Magazine

60 | Joe Neumaier

Martin starts at the outrageous accent and spins out from there, and that's fine for this. And there are a few snicker-worthy scenes.
Read More: New York Daily News

60 | Todd McCarthy

Serves up enough goofy pranks and fractured wordplay to keep the series purring along.
Read More: Variety

50 | Roger Ebert

Peter Sellers was a genius who somehow made Inspector Clouseau seem as if he really were helplessly incapable of functioning in the real world and somehow incapable of knowing that. Steve Martin is a genius, too, but not at being Clouseau. It seems more like an exercise.
Read More: Chicago Sun-Times

50 | Michael Phillips

Nothing is harder and more elusive than successful slapstick onscreen. Nothing.
Read More: Chicago Tribune

50 | Steven Rea

Level of humor: subteen.
Read More: Philadelphia Inquirer

50 | Andy Spletzer

A forgettable waste of time.
Read More: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

50 | Keith Phipps

Plays like an undeserved victory lap for a series that only limped to the finish line the last time.
Read More: The A.V. Club

50 | Peter Hartlaub

The predictable script feels as if it were filmed right off the cocktail napkin it was jotted on, but at least the movie has an "Ocean's 11" sequel's worth of good actors, including Alfred Molina, Jeremy Irons and Jean Reno.
Read More: San Francisco Chronicle

50 | Stephen Holden

Although the stunts come thick and fast in The Pink Panther 2, they are jammed together in a way that gives most of them barely enough time to register.
Read More: The New York Times

50 | Liam Lacey

The story, of course, is a line on which to pin the comic set-pieces, and that's where Pink Panther 2 comes up lustreless. Zwart has no discernible sense of comic rhythm, beyond managing to punctuate scenes with a wall crashing in.
Read More: The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

50 | Peter Rainer

The bloom is decidedly off the pinkish rose. Martin has a few inspired moments but in order to get to them you have to wade through a mosh pit of unfunny gags.
Read More: Christian Science Monitor

40 | Michael O'Sullivan

My only question is this: In the context of these by-the-book pratfalls, is it funny enough?
Read More: Washington Post

40 | Betsy Sharkey

There is no real plot, the movie's filled with friends of Steve, the comedy is terribly overplayed, or the comedy is overplayed terribly (again, you can choose) -- what you're left with is a bag of tricks that has seen better days.
Read More: Los Angeles Times

40 | William Thomas

A mirthless shot in the dark that misses the target by some distance.
Read More: Empire

38 | Rene Rodriguez

There are three or four big laughs scattered throughout The Pink Panther 2, along with a smattering of decent chuckles. But all those moments combined account for maybe five minutes of screen time, which leaves you with another hour and a half of movie to sit through.
Read More: Miami Herald

38 | Staff [Not Credited]

Perhaps Martin should go back to taking chances and writing original work.
Read More: USA Today

38 | James Berardinelli

The breath of fresh air, to the extent that one can be identified in the staleness of this recycled refuse, is John Cleese.
Read More: ReelViews

38 | Kyle Smith

The movie hopes to be regarded as childlike too, but there's a difference between kid-friendly and just regular old dumb.
Read More: New York Post

30 | Ernest Hardy

It's Garcia, Molina, and Tomlin who give you momentary hope that the film might settle into a witty, irreverent romp. Unfortunately, their efforts are ultimately defeated.
Read More: Village Voice

30 | Andrea Gronvall

Costars John Cleese, Jean Reno, Alfred Molina, Andy Garcia, and Jeremy Irons look either bored or desperate, gasping for laughs in an airless screenplay.
Read More: Chicago Reader

30 | Sheri Linden

This comedy whodunit generates more laughs than its predecessor, which is to say, two or three.
Read More: The Hollywood Reporter

25 | Peter Travers

Martin is a gifted physical comic. He deserves an original role tailored to his own talents. Watching something this borrowed just makes me blue.
Read More: Rolling Stone

25 | Wesley Morris

Playing Clouseau's exasperated boss, Cleese rams his head into a wall minutes into the action. That's a powerful image, insofar as his headache was mine.
Read More: Boston Globe

25 | Michael Sragow

Even the great Lily Tomlin can't muster a funny reaction to a Polish joke. It's an everything-including-the kitchen-sink comedy -- and the sink has rusty pipes.
Read More: Baltimore Sun

20 | Joe Morgenstern

This time he (Martin) goes through the motions.
Read More: Wall Street Journal

20 | Russell Smith

What I can't accept, however, is talents such as Reno, Garcia, Tomlin, and Molina wasting away in a movie like this. As punishment for their complete lack of artistic integrity, all four of them should be forced to sit in a room for all eternity watching The Pink Panther 2 over and over.
Read More: Austin Chronicle

10 | Mary Elizabeth Williams

One of the most dreadfully unnecessary movies in recent memory.
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