Michael Sauter
June 18, 1993 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Best of the Best 2

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
Phillip Rhee, Eric Roberts
genre
ActionAdventure

We gave it a C

BEST OF THE BEST 2 Eric Roberts, Phillip Rhee (1993, FoxVideo, R, $95.98) In 1989’s Best of the Best, Roberts and his buddies defeated the Korean team to become karate champs. In this belated sequel, they’ve got stiffer competition: gladiators who do battle in an underground coliseum, where Vegas high rollers wager on the fatal outcome. The outrageous premise notwithstanding, this martial-arts headbanger ultimately doesn’t take things far enough over the top. Even Wayne Newton underachieves here: As a smarmy emcee, he plays it so straight, he’s hardly even camp. C -Michael Sauter

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