'Happy Feet Two' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   3 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   113 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    84
    Miller makes nice, subtle points about interdependence on earth. Meanwhile, the earthmates in Happy Feet Two continue to dance, sing, and, yes, charm.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Manohla Dargis New York Times (Top Critic)
    50
    Like father, like son; like Disney, like everyone else. And like first movie, like sequel.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Henry Barnes Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    40
    Preaches acceptance but requires assimilation. You dance or you die. Join the party, swim with the swarm.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • USA Today (Top Critic)
    50
    For a computer-animated movie about dancing penguins, it's surprisingly leaden. Not even the impressive voice talent can rev up this clumsy spectacle.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post (Top Critic)
    38
    The gotta-move protagonist of the first animated, Antarctica-set feature -- a misfit young Emperor penguin named Mumble -- returns for the sequel. Only this time he's all grown up... and a lot less fun.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    50
    Centuries from now, cultural historians will look at "Happy Feet Two'' and ask one question: What the heck were they smoking?
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Nick Pinkerton Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Has absolutely everything except the light touch required for unaffected charm -- the mugging is savage -- a single piece of memorable original music, or a production number that's celebratory rather than trampling.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    40
    The animation remains impressive, and there are some very funny moments, courtesy of the talented cast. But fans of the original will want to lower their expectations.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Nancy Churnin Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    84
    It's hard to resist a children's movie where two comic krill named Will and Bill toss off a reference to existential angst one minute and make really bad wordplays, as in "Goodbye, krill world" and "one in a krillion," the next.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    88
    Much like its Oscar-winning predecessor, the story focuses on lads and dads, though there are strong mama figures and daughters, too.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • James Rocchi MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    70
    Happy Feet 2 may not be blazing a trail as smoothly and distinctively as the original film did... but you and your kids will find it a pleasant enough journey.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    63
    For me, "Happy Feet Two" is pretty thin soup.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    50
    If it weren't for the comic relief provided by Will and Bill, tiny shrimplike crustaceans known as krill and voiced by Brad Pitt and Matt Damon, this would be a forbidding return to Antarctica indeed.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Sam Adams Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    88
    It's familiar enough not to spook fans of the (highly profitable) first, but Happy Feet Two branches out beyond prefab coming-of-age stories and gimmicky pop-song set pieces.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Adam Graham Detroit News (Top Critic)
    42
    The disjointed, undercooked sequel to the Oscar-winning 2006 hit aims to tell life lessons and celebrate pop music, but this would-be toe-tapper is curiously out of step.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    60
    The original won an Oscar for best animated film. I wouldn't hold out the same hopes for the sequel.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Justin Chang Variety (Top Critic)
    Though it retains the buoyant musical stylings and splendid visuals that made its predecessor so distinctive, this chatterbox of a sequel loses its way with a raft of annoying side characters.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    38
    Happy Feet was one of the greatest and most original animated films, but the sequel can't even decide what it's about for the first 40 minutes.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    50
    "Happy Feet Two" is to 2006's "Happy Feet" what "Babe: Pig in the City" was to "Babe," a clever and adorable original film remade with most of the charm wrung out of it.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Linda Barnard Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    63
    We get a feeling we've seen it all before.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • William Goss Film.com (Top Critic)
    Follows in the original's footsteps on a more reasonable scale while sparing audiences an emotional ambush.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Leonard Maltin indieWIRE (Top Critic)
    While 'Happy Feet' focused on the tap-dancing Emperor Penguin named Mumble... this one spends more time with his little son Erik... who is simply irresistible. If one agrees that penguins in general are cute, Erik ups the ante considerably.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Jennie Punter Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    75
    The film reminds viewers young and old that to make a positive change, sometimes the little guy at the bottom of the food chain needs to stomp his feet.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Todd McCarthy Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    Other than commercially, more is less in this antic, not so funny sequel to the 2006 blockbuster.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • David Germain Associated Press (Top Critic)
    75
    Sticks to the formula of the original while adding enough variety to give it a life of its own.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
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