Alex Thompson’s review published on Letterboxd:
Let's just get this out of the way before we get into the meat of the situation: Anchorman 2 is not as good as Anchorman (1). The jokes aren't as memorable and, more importantly, they aren't quite as funny. It's still, however, a worthy sequel which does what all comedy sequels should do: go nuts with the characters and situations. Sure, there's some clever-ish commentary on the state of 24 hour news, but really this movie was all about Doby, the shark. Or the excellent sequence which brings our band of lovable idiots back together. Or the reprise of a certain brawl scene. It's actually remarkably similar in plot to the first film with a few wrenches thrown into the gears to make it feel fresher. I'm pretty ok with that, because it never felt like a retread (see Hangover 2) but rather a wink and a nod towards what was so successful in the first film. And while it's not as funny as that first movie, it still has a ton of laughs. So, you know, mission accomplished.