F/X 2: The Deadly Art of Illusion (1991) - Rotten Tomatoes

F/X 2: The Deadly Art of Illusion1991

F/X 2: The Deadly Art of Illusion (1991)




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A special effects expert agrees to help the police catch a serial killer, but becomes a patsy for corrupt cops.

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Bryan Brown
as Roland "Rollie" Tyler
Brian Dennehy
as Leo McCarthy
Philip Bosco
as Ray Silak
Tom Mason
as Mike Brandon
Dominic Zamprogna
as Chris Brandon
Lee Broker
as DeMarco
Philip Akin
as Detective McQuay
Tony De Santis
as Detective Santoni
Ross Petty
as Consiglieri
Jeri Craden
as Aunt Kate
Phil Jarrett
as 1st IAD Cop
Richard Sali
as 2nd IAD Cop
Neil Elliot
as Movie Effects Man
Leland Crooke
as Movie Director
Biff Yeager
as Police Sergeant
Foster Fell
as Policeman
Jenifer Chatfield
as Movie Scriptgirl
Kurt Reis
as Judge
Damir Andrei
as Defense Attorney
Charles Ivey
as Defendant
Caroline Yeager
as Desk Sergeant
Robert Kennedy
as Computer Store Clerk
Dwayne McLean
as Mall Guard
Gerry Quigley
as Supermarket Manager
Harvey Chao
as Chinese Vendor
Harry Booker
as Prison Priest
Bob Clout
as Confessional Priest
Jack Newman
as Art Expert
Walker Boone
as 1st Mansion Guard
Michael Rhoades
as 2nd Mansion Guard
Gene Mack
as 3rd Mansion Guard
Shane Cardwell
as 1st Mobster
Michael Woods
as 2nd Mobster
Matt Birman
as 3rd Mobster
Tony Katsaras
as Policeman
Dennis Scott
as 1st Cop
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Critic Reviews for F/X 2: The Deadly Art of Illusion

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (3)

Brown makes a marvelous Rollie, laid-back but resolute: He would have made a marvelous James Bond. Dennehy doesn't appear until about 45 minutes into the movie, but what a difference he makes.

June 12, 2018 | Full Review…

There should be a special category for movies that are neither good nor bad, but simply excessive.

October 30, 2001 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The nifty 1986 sleeper hit F/X was followed by this ridiculous, implausible yet occasionally exciting yarn.

December 12, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

F/X fans will find themselves enjoying more than a mere sense of deja-vu.

July 28, 2015 | Full Review…

The plot twists, the originality of the FX, and the interaction between Brown and Dennehy make up for minor weaknesses.

July 6, 2010 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

A mediocre sequel that lacks the punch of its highly entertaining predecessor.

February 17, 2006 | Rating: 5/10

Audience Reviews for F/X 2: The Deadly Art of Illusion


It's quite common to try and cash in on a film that dared to try something. The problem with this sequel is the lack of story and underwritten characters. This time the whole film revolves around brown acting like mcguver. Brown and dennehy return to the roles of the original and give the film some much needed chemistry. The real issue is they no real room to give us something fresh. The support cast are given much less which is quite the contrast to the original film. The direction sadly turns brown into a character which was not the reason for the first film. The film uses to many gimmicks and basically has no substance. I would have liked to have seen a different story but this very close to the first. The series stalled with this addition which was a shame as brown was good in the lead. The film needed a better script to keep things fresh and interesting. Not a complete flop but quite poor in comparison to the first

Brendan O'Connor
Brendan O'Connor

Super Reviewer


Half-hearted followup to the first film isn't nearly as good.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

This sequel is more exciting and great special effects with Bryan Brown than the original. Brown seeks the help of ex-cop Brian Dennehy when he gets into trouble.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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