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Despite being a less well-regarded virtual remake of the original film, Jaws 2 earned a tidy sum at the box office by combining its predecessor's winning formula with the popular teen horror craze, he... read more read more...lping to spawn the era of blockbuster sequels. Roy Scheider returns as Sheriff Martin Brody, whose small resort town of Amity is poised to bounce back from the economic hardship it encountered after becoming widely known as the site of vicious shark attacks. But at the same time that Mayor Vaughn (Murray Hamilton) is welcoming a real estate developer to Amity, two divers disappear and a party of waterskiers is consumed by a shark. The incidents are explained away as accidents, but Brody knows better, tipping his bullets with cyanide and forbidding his sons Mike (Mark Gruner) and Sean (Marc Gilpin) to participate in a teen sailing regatta. Everyone foolishly chalks up Brody's fears to trauma-induced paranoia, and the regatta goes forward, with a hungry great white trailing the youthful contestants and hungrily picking them off one by one. Director Jeannot Szwarc would later helm another sequel, Supergirl (1984). ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

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DVD Release Date: May 22, 2001

Stats: 7,848 reviews

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  • August 8, 2012
    If a sequel of a classic Spielberg needs to exist I would rather have a Jaws 2 then an E.T. 2. With that said, this is a pretty solid sequel but is the cause for more terrible films to come.
  • February 4, 2012
    Worth you time.
  • July 31, 2011
    Compared to the original JAWS phenomenon, JAWS 2 is a huge load of crap, but even so, it's still an enjoyable popcorn flick leading into the '80s.
  • July 17, 2011
    You know what to expect. You know what it looks like and what it's capable of. So why then should you bother to watch this? Well, because altough falling short of the greatness of the first film, it's actually not too bad. The writing and directing is as mediocre as it gets, but ... read morefor an unnecessarily-made sequel, it's a decent piece of entertainment. Just set your expectations really low and you won't be too disappointed.
  • June 12, 2011
    ive seen worse movies but this is literally one of the most boring movies ive ever seen. The shark is one sided, the characters are annoying, forgettable, and have little to no personality, and the shark is a complete MORON. Here's an example, there are 3 boats full of kids they ... read moreall fall out of the boats, and what does Jaws do? Swim away of course, but then when everybody is back on the boats he comes back and rams the boat, knowing how jaws eats only 4 people in this whole movie really say a lot how in the first he eats 7 people including one of the main characters. This Jaws is just a disgrace to the original shark. The only thing i liked in this movie was Roy schiders performance, but the rest is boring and forgettable
  • March 9, 2011
    I actually enjoyed this sequel a lot. It was missing the great chemistry of Brody and Hooper but Scheider manages to carry the movie just fine on his own. I enjoy the setting of this movie and the original and that adds to why I like the movie as much as I did. The story works... read more fine.
    It's a little more Hollywood than the last one but it doesn't loose the charm and suspense of the first.
  • February 15, 2011
    Wow. It's like someone took the script of Jaws, and said "Hey. How can we re-make this movie but cheaper, with less story, less interesting deaths, really just a stripped down sucky version, but follow all the same plot lines?" What's amazing is that they were able to pull togeth... read moreer so much of the same cast. I give it 2.5 stars just because I had fun making fun of it.
  • February 9, 2011
    Not terrible, just not anything close to the original. At least it still has Roy and the music of John Williams in it.
  • January 5, 2011
    I know it's a sequel to a classic, but for some reason I enjoyed it more than the first Jaws. It doesn't have all the same cast, either, but it's very exciting and ups the special effects. I really enjoyed it, and if you liked Jaws, you should check it out.
  • September 19, 2010
    Not even close to the first one...but still okay. You can clearly see that Spielberg is not around anomore.

Critic Reviews

Tim Brayton
January 11, 2012
Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy

Nowhere near as good as the first, and lacks the traces of true stupidity that make the latter two fun bad movies. Full Review

Steve Crum
April 23, 2007
Steve Crum,

Rather redundant, rather biting. What, fish again?! Still, not a bad sequel.

Cole Smithey
November 6, 2005
Cole Smithey,

Roy Scheider is the only redeeming quality of this sequel.

Chuck O'Leary
October 21, 2005
Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily

A vastly underrated sequel with plenty of shocks and nail-biting tension. Not quite up to the original, but still loads of fun.

Clint Morris
July 11, 2003
Clint Morris, Moviehole

Delivers [Nearly] as much as the first

Bob Bloom
September 8, 2002
Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

The first of three crummy sequels unworthy of the original.

Bill Chambers
June 9, 2001
Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central

...Jaws 2 hits a qualitative ceiling due to the joint absence of Steven Spielberg and Academy Award-winning editor Verna Fields. Full Review

James Kendrick
May 12, 2001
James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk

the filmmakers did everything they could to breathe new life into the material without forgetting what had made that material work in the first place

Geoff Andrew
June 24, 2006
Geoff Andrew, Time Out

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Vincent Canby
May 9, 2005
Vincent Canby, New York Times

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