- Harsher in Hindsight: The scene where Brody dangles from the power line is a bit scarier now that it's recognized that great white sharks can jump entirely out of the water. If it hadn't been distracted by the boats, it could've snatched him right out from under that cable.
- Memetic Mutation: The tagline has spawned various snowclones, like "Just when you thought that it was save to be dead" for Return of the Living Dead Part II.
- Only The Creator Does It Right: The quality of the film might have been different had Steven Spielberg agreed to direct it.
- Sequelitis: While not as great as the first film, Jaws 2 is still critically the most successful of the sequels.
- So Okay, It's Average: The general consensus for the film. Not publicly adored like the original, but not as widely hated as 3 or especially The Revenge. A factor that likely helps is it's the only sequel that Roy Scheider came back for and his performance is enough to help it be considered watchable compared to the future installments.
- Special Effects Failure: At one point the shark charges a boat and its rubber face is noticeably dented by the mpact.
- Strawman Has a Point: When the town council again wants to ignore evidence of a shark problem, for the same reasons as in the first film, but are completely right in their decision to fire Brody over his extremely reckless actions on the beach—screaming at people, firing his gun—that could have left someone seriously injured or even dead. Brody's lack of remorse for what he did doesn't help his cause much.