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New Now You See Me 2 movie got mixed reviews from top critics. Summit Entertainment released their new action/thriller flick, “Now You See Me 2: The Second Act,” into theaters today, June 10th, 2016, and all the top movie critics have given their opinion reviews.

It turns out that it got a pretty mixed bag with an overall 48 score out of a possible 100 score across 26 critic reviews at Metacritic.com.

The movie stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Dave Franco, Jay Chou, Jesse Eisenberg, Lizzy Caplan, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Woody Harrelson. We’ve added comments from a couple of the critics, below.

Owen Gleiberman over at Variety, gave it a nice 80 grade, saying: “Now You See Me 2 is more like a giddy piece of cheese from the ’80s, a chance to spend two more hours with characters we like, doing variations on the things that made us like them in the first place. The revisit, in this case, is well-earned.”

Dave White from TheWrap, gave it an 80 score as well. He said: “Director Jon M. Chu has a lighter touch than “Now You See Me” director Louis Leterrier. The latter’s “Transporter” pedigree made sure there was plenty of rugged action, but Chu’s résumé boasts “Jem and the Holograms,” “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” and more than one film in the “Step Up” franchise. The man knows his cartoons, and that’s a good thing.”

Leah Greenblatt from Entertainment Weekly, gave it a 75 score, stating: “Jon M. Chu (several Step Up movies) has taken over directing duties from Louis Leterrier, and he has a lighter, goofier touch. He seems to get that the silliness is baked in.”

Mark Feeney from the Boston Globe, gave it a 63 score, saying: “”2” is as flashy and splashy as the original. Both also register right up there on the implausibility scale — that’s like the Richter scale, only with head scratching — but “2” has a lighter touch and more interesting settings. Macau and London, here we come.”

Michael O’Sullivan over at the Washington Post, gave it a 63 grade. He claims: “The film is, at times, almost sinfully fun, assuming you have a taste for self-indulgently logic-free hedonism.”

Jeannette Catsoulis over at The New York Times, gave it a 50 score. She stated: “Everything is supersized and preposterous, but Mr. Chu, with two films in the “Step Up” franchise under his belt, is undaunted by crowds and confusion.”

Sara Stewart from the New York Post, gave it a 50 score, stating: “Thaddeus Bradley, narrating in tedious metaphors about how “there’s always more than what’s on the surface.” That’s one claim this shallow sequel simply can’t back up.”

Michael Phillips from the Chicago Tribune, gave it a 50 score, saying: “Now You See Me 2 is more fun than “Now You See Me,” which says something, I guess. It fits snugly in the long list of easygoing nothings, the narrative equivalent of a Fruit Roll-Up, designed to be forgotten in as many minutes as they took to watch.”

Peter Travers from Rolling Stone, gave it a 50 score. He stated: “If you fell for the 2013 original — and surprisingly, many did — then Now You See Me 2 has got your number. For the rest of us, however, this longer, louder sequel adds up to what one character calls “a sack of nada.”

Sheri Linden over at The Hollywood Reporter, gave it a 50 grade. She said: “Compared with the first film, this one embraces the premise’s essential preposterousness, although not necessarily to winning effect.”

Lastly, Richard Roeper from the Chicago Sun-Times, gave it a pretty bad 38 score. He claims: “Sitting through the smug and convoluted and ridiculous Now You See Me 2 is like being subjected to a dunk tank again and again — and then being handed a wet towel when it’s finally over.” Stay tuned.

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