“The voice and spirit” behind Kevin Smith‘s Clerks II “are as brash and unmistakable as ever,” says Caryn James in the N.Y. Times , although she includes a tough assessment earlier in the piece: “In the six films Mr. Smith has made since, his gifts have become clearer: he is terrific at irreverence, as in the Clerks movies and the underrated Dogma; he can be awful at emotional sincerity, as in Jersey Girl and the weaker parts of Chasing Amy.”