Now married to Big, Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) faces temptation when she unexpectedly runs into Aidan while on vacation with the gals (Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis) in Abu Dhabi.
" 'Sex and the City 2': Michael Patrick's Cinematic Train Wreck "
" It's an almost avant-garde adventure in aimlessness. "
" In the end it's the fun movie it's supposed to be. Raise your cosmos in a modest toast. "
" I realize that gaudy fantasy is essential to this franchise, but why does the fantasy have to be so stunted? "
" Sarah Jessica Parker is now 45 years old, and, frankly, I cannot stomach another moment of the simpering, mincing, hair-tossing, eyelash-batting little-girl shtick she's been pulling ever since L.A. Story. "
" Thanks to writer-director Michael Patrick King, I now have a fair idea how it might feel to be stoned to death with scented candles. "
" The moment of dread. It comes for all beloved series, and in Sex and the City 2, it arrives with embarrassing suddenness. "
" It's supposed to be Sex and the City. This is Sects and the Souk. "
" Remember the old, boundary-breaking, taboo-toppling Sex and the City? Forget it. Neither sex nor the city plays any role in this film. "
" The ugly smell of unexamined privilege hangs over this film like the smoke from cheap incense. "
" At two and a half hours, Sex 2 -- like its predecessor -- is a long sit in the shallows, the equivalent of five half-hour episodes strung together. "
" Like a plastic surgeon, storyteller King keeps trying to find new ways to lift and tighten his characters, but they have become garish caricatures of themselves. "
" This is a sequel that doesn't come close to justifying its existence. "
" It has no plot to speak of, little in the way of wit or intelligence, and is about 50% longer than can reasonably be justified. "
" Twelve years, one beloved HBO series, and two feature films on, the Sex and the City gals have been reduced to Bratz dolls for grown women. "
" Though the 2 in the title implies a double shot of everything fans loved about the series, there is less. "
" The stakes are so low that, during the girls' final madcap sprint through an outdoor market disguised in burqas, the unspeakable outcome they're trying to forestall is the possibility of having to fly home in coach. "
" An enervated, crass and gruesomely caricatured trip to nowhere [that] seems conceived primarily to find new and more cynical ways to abuse the loyalty of its audience. "
" It's worse than Sex and the City 1, and that alone is a remarkable achievement. "
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