Box art for Back to the Future Part II

Back to the Future Part II

children & family, comedy, sci-fi & fantasy


Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) and Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) launch themselves to the year 2015 to fine-tune the future and inadvertently disrupt the space/time continuum.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    64%
  • Audience Score
    85%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 10
Consumerism
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
Sex
2 out of 5
Violence
3 out of 5

Amusing futuristic sequel more dated, edgier than original.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that the second installment in this hit time-travel trilogy is slightly more "PG-13" than "PG." You'll find more language (including "s--t" and "a--hole"), sexual references (including jokes about breast implants and allusions to adultery and threesomes), and negative role models (the plot includes a lot of Biff in all three time periods) than in the first movie, so it may be an iffy pick for early-elementary-aged kids. But for mature older tweens -- or kids who've already enjoyed the original -- the visuals about the movie's "future" and the physical comedy will entertain, even if the time-travel twists can get confusing.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how this movie compares to the original Back to the Future. How is Marty's family dilemma different in 2015 than it was in 1955? What are some differences between the original and the sequel? Which one do you like better, and why?
  • What makes Biff such an unredeemed, unapologetic nemesis? How are his motives for time travel back to the '50s different than Marty and Doc's?
  • The "future" is set in 2015, a year that's not so futuristic now. How does real life compare to the future depicted in the 1980s?
  • Did all of the time travel make sense, or was it to difficult to follow? What are some other time travel-themed movies that explore similar themes of trying to right past wrongs?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Cleverly plotted, but commercially overloaded.

- Desson Thomson, Washington Post, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Fresh: It's impressive entertainment, and best of all, it never degenerates into Spielbergian sentimentality: you can laugh, be thrilled and think without feeling embarrassed.

- Geoff Andrew, Time Out, Thursday, January 26, 2006

Fresh: It manages to be giddily and merrily mind-boggling rather than confusing.

- Janet Maslin, New York Times, Tuesday, May 20, 2003

Audience Reviews

5 stars

Marty & Doc go back to the year 1955 to prevent events that should have never have happened from happening such as Marty's father being dead & Biff married to Marty's mother, Lorraine. Marty & Doc also have to get Gray's Sports Almanac back from Biff. This movie was a great continuum from the first one :) It definitely is another great bttf film :) :) :) :) :) :)

- movieguru12, Saturday, November 12, 2011

4 stars

Time-traveling has never been as exciting, cool and fun as it is in the Back to the Future movies. Altough this one isn't as amazing as the original, it's still a great sequel that I can watch just as many times. It's just too bad the year 2015 won't be as awesome in real life. No flying cars, no holograms and certainly no hoverboards. But who knows, maybe in another 20 years or so ;-)

- CloudStrife84, Tuesday, October 26, 2010

4 stars

B+

- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Wednesday, July 21, 2010