DUNE: PART TWO Is "Certified Fresh" On Rotten Tomatoes With A Near-Perfect 97%

DUNE: PART TWO Is "Certified Fresh" On Rotten Tomatoes With A Near-Perfect 97% DUNE: PART TWO Is "Certified Fresh" On Rotten Tomatoes With A Near-Perfect 97%

Dune: Part Two arrives in theaters on March 1, and the review embargo lifted earlier today, with Denis Villeneuve's sequel quickly achieving "certified fresh" status on Rotten Tomatoes...

By MarkCassidy - Feb 21, 2024 10:02 PM EST
Filed Under: Dune
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The review embargo for Dune: Part Two lifted earlier on, and critics have been posting their verdicts on Denis Villeneuve's sci-fi sequel throughout the day.

So, has the next film in the saga been as well-received as its predecessor? Though there are a couple of negative write-ups, the consensus (so far) seems to be that Part Two lives up to and arguably surpasses the first movie.

Out of the sprawling ensemble cast, leads Timothee Chalamet and Zendaya are almost universally praised, along with the debuting Austin Butler as Feyd-Rautha. Nobody has a bad word to say about the movie on a technical level, but some feel the depictions of the Fremen leave something to be desired, and - like the first film - the fact that Part Two ends on another cliffhanger (of a sort) has come in for some criticism.

Even so, out of 113 reviews counted, only 3 are "rotten," and the movie has a near-perfect Rotten Tomatoes score of 97%.

"Those hoping for blockbuster escapism might find themselves shook by this faithful, at times borderline depressing adaptation," we said in our review. "But Dune Part Two is Sci-Fi spectacle at its finest and most audacious, as Villeneuve builds-upon and possibly surpasses (opinions will vary) his previous film with aplomb."

The saga continues as award-winning filmmaker Denis Villeneuve embarks on Dune: Part Two, the next chapter of Frank Herbert’s celebrated novel Dune, with an expanded all-star international ensemble cast. The film, from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, is the highly anticipated follow-up to 2021’s six-time Academy Award-winning Dune. 

The big-screen epic continues the adaptation of Frank Herbert’s acclaimed bestseller Dune with returning and new stars, including Oscar nominee Timothée Chalamet (Wonka, Call Me by Your Name), Zendaya (Spider-Man: No Way Home, Malcolm & Marie, Euphoria), Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning), Oscar nominee Josh Brolin (Avengers: Endgame, Milk), Oscar nominee Austin Butler (Elvis, Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood), Oscar nominee Florence Pugh (Black Widow, Little Women), Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor: Love and Thunder), Oscar winner Christopher Walken (The Deer Hunter,), Stephen McKinley Henderson (Fences), Léa Seydoux (James Bond, Crimes of the Future), with Stellan Skarsgård (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling (45 Years, Assassin’s Creed), and Oscar winner Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men, Being the Ricardos).

Dune: Part Two will explore the mythic journey of Paul Atreides as he unites with Chani and the Fremen while on a warpath of revenge against the conspirators who destroyed his family. Facing a choice between the love of his life and the fate of the known universe, he endeavors to prevent a terrible future only he can foresee.

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WruceBayne - 2/21/2024, 10:31 PM
I gotta rewatch the 1st one.
TheVisionary25 - 2/21/2024, 10:39 PM
@WruceBayne - same

Planning to do it before I go see this.
AmazingFILMporg - 2/21/2024, 10:37 PM
The hype is real🥲

Can't [frick]ing wait🖖💪✌️😳🔥🦸❤️❤️❤️❤️💯💯💯💯
DarkModeDan - 2/21/2024, 10:49 PM
@AmazingFILMporg - "I must not hype. Hype is the mind-killer. Hype is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my hype. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. Where the hype has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain." 😤
mountainman - 2/21/2024, 10:38 PM
Only read a few reviews, but I didn’t see any complaints about the Fremen.

Is this people complaining about them seeking a white savior? Or some other nonsense modern day complaint that means nothing to normal people not in the media?
McMurdo - 2/21/2024, 11:09 PM
@mountainman - lol I guarantee you that is precisely what it is. But I'm confused....are those who rated it positive also complaining about the Fremen or are we referencing 3 total reviewers out of 113 who are complaining about the Fremen?
ModHaterSLADE - 2/21/2024, 10:39 PM
Damn good cast and one of the best sci fi directors in the game. Hard not to be excited for this.
TheVisionary25 - 2/21/2024, 10:56 PM
Sweet , can’t wait to see it!!.

Glad to hear that Austin Butler is being praised for his performance as Feyd Rautha since he’s the new character i’m most looking forward to honestly…

It’s crazy to see his journey from Disney/CW teen heartthrob to working with the likes of Denis Villenueve & Jeff Nichols so good for him!!.

NinnesMBC - 2/22/2024, 12:10 AM
@TheVisionary25 - We should, and actually can, make a list of all these actors that began working on "garbage networks" at the start or at some point of their careers and see where they're now today.

Chris Pratt, Emily VanCamp, Gina Rodriguez, Kathryn Newton, Jenna Ortega (played a young Jane the Virgin), Jensen Ackles (everyone and I mean EVERYONE loves him in The Boys), Charles Melton (Riverdale's Reggie and now he's got tons of Oscar buzz for working with Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore in "May December" and already booked another film with Elizabeth Olsen) and I am sure that the list can keep growing.

Grant Gustin is making his Broadway preview debut this Saturday as well BTW.

Tdlr; there's talent everywhere regardless where you've started working as an actor, being close-minded at this day and age is ilogical.
DanielPlainviewsGhost - 2/22/2024, 2:54 AM
@NinnesMBC - I'll add to the list: Ryan Reynolds.

From Canadian teen soap opera star, to the Sabrina the Teenage Witch TV movie, to Two Guys a girl and a Pizza Place.

You could argue his talent due to Reynolds mostly doing Reynolds but he does it so well. Plus the dude is just living the dream. Rich as heck thanks to good investments, hot wife, and gets paid to make wisecracks.
TheVisionary25 - 2/22/2024, 5:44 AM
@NinnesMBC - agreed!!
NinnesMBC - 2/26/2024, 9:15 AM
@DanielPlainviewsGhost - I wasn't aware he was in a Sabrina TVmovie tbh or even in the other stuff. I did know of the former but yeah it fits the this kind of list too. Yep, he's living a good dream.
DarkModeDan - 2/21/2024, 10:58 PM
I got super lucky with the IMAX Fan First tickets. Sunday can't get here soon enough.

AmazingFILMporg - 2/21/2024, 11:18 PM
@DarkModeDan -

Let us know what you thought!!!!!😳
McMurdo - 2/21/2024, 11:00 PM
"I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain."
Goldboink - 2/22/2024, 1:41 AM
@McMurdo -
I have gotten some deep shit in my life and recited that at critical moments. It actually works.
McMurdo - 2/22/2024, 3:03 AM
@Goldboink - ya a heavy LSD or mushroom trip will pull this quote out of your soul verbatim lol
DarkModeDan - 2/21/2024, 11:04 PM
Arthorious - 2/21/2024, 11:17 PM
This will remove that bad taste of rebel moon.
Forthas - 2/21/2024, 11:42 PM
Based on these reviews, it seems like the film is going to exceed my lofty expectations which I was skeptical could even be met. I am so pumped for this film.
mpk1988 - 2/21/2024, 11:52 PM
Not as positive word if mouth as I expected. The BBC also gave a very critical review . I'll be watching it anyway.
Goldboink - 2/22/2024, 1:42 AM
@mpk1988 - Lots of the positive reviews were critical in some way. Many critics wanted to point out the flaws, as they saw them, while giving it a thumbs up. Many of the reviews I read were kind of nitpicky
AnthonyVonGeek - 2/21/2024, 11:52 PM
Can’t wait!!!!
ShellHead - 2/21/2024, 11:55 PM
I'm so glad Dune finally got its time in the sun as the sci-fi equivalent to Lord of the Rings
NinnesMBC - 2/22/2024, 12:11 AM
This is great. Can't wait to see it next Thursday.

The book is good too, pretty sure I can finish it before the premiere day arrives.
Nomis929 - 2/22/2024, 12:12 AM
The way the public and critics are reacting to these Dune movies is what was hoped for sci fi fans with the movie adaptation that came out in 1984 directed by David Lynch. But that movie was not that good and it flopped.

And as someone who was hoping that movie would be as epic as StarWars series, it was such a disappointment. Lynch probably should split the movie up into two movies as well.

But Denis Villeneuve's versions seem to be living up to what a live action version of Dune should be and is really removing the bad feeling the '84 version left with movie goers.

I do wonder if Villeneuve would ever consider doing a comic book movie.
Goldboink - 2/22/2024, 1:44 AM
@Nomis929 - Lynch made his movie from the ashes of Jodorovsky and it never had a chance. The sandworms were credible but little else was. There is just too much to cram into one movie. Two is about right.
FireandBlood - 2/22/2024, 3:23 AM
There was never any doubt
TheOtherOn - 2/22/2024, 8:42 AM
"and - like the first film - the fact that Part Two ends on another cliffhanger (of a sort) has come in for some criticism."

Yeah, it's not like there won't be a part three to either conclude or continue the story.... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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