The Boy, released in 2016, was actually a very decent, very underrated scary doll flick. With the sequel, Brahms: The Boy ll debuting this weekend, it would appear that the sequel is not being received all that great, to put it nicely.
In fact, the movie currently sits at a 11% critical on Rotten Tomatoes, with audience scores sitting not much better at 40%. So far, so rotten.
William Bibbiani of The Wrap absolutely slaughtered the film, saying that Brahms: The Boy ll:
Takes the best elements from The Boy and reverses course so abruptly, it practically leaves skidmarks on the screen. It’s not just a subpar sequel; it retroactively injures an otherwise superior film.
This is disappointing news, as many view the first movie as pretty good, as stated before.
There are only three critical reviews that rate the film as fresh, but even those aren’t exactly glowing. Eddie Harrison of The List had this to say about the movie:
Without any notably tense or memorable sequences, The Boy II manages to creep audiences out in… traditional fashion; horror aficionados, at least, should enjoy the ancient yet effective tactics employed here.
If you’re still interested in seeing this followup, here’s the synopsis.
Unaware of the terrifying history of Heelshire Mansion, a young family moves into a guest house on the estate where their young son soon makes an unsettling new friend, an eerily life-like doll he calls Brahms.
Brahms: The Boy ll is rated PG-13 and stars Katie Holmes. The movie is in theaters now.