'Kung Fu Panda 2' Critic Reviews

97%
MovieWeb:   16 reviews
81%
Rotten Tomatoes:   169 reviews
  • CJ Johnson ABC Radio (Australia)
    50
    Go for a beer in the middle forty minutes; come back refreshed for the ... [final] extraordinary battle sequence.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Matt Neal The Standard
    60
    THERE'S an old Chinese proverb (that I just made up) that goes: what is the point in making something pretty to look at if no one can see it?
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Jim Schembri The Age (Australia)
    70
    The massive amount of artistry that has gone into the cinematography, lighting and design makes this as sumptuous and pleasing a film to behold as Tangled.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Matthew Toomey ABC Radio Brisbane
    59
    It focuses too heavily on flashy action sequences and lacks the amusing banter that I remember fondly from the original.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Thomas Caldwell Cinema Autopsy
    80
    The first film was a lot of fun; this sequel is even more fun but also something quite special.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Leigh Paatsch Herald Sun (Australia)
    60
    The upgrade to 3D is worth while, the story is a solid refinement of the best bits from before and the balance between light humour and darker drama is quite well maintained.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Margaret Pomeranz At the Movies (Australia)
    70
    It doesn't soar like the best of animation these days but it's an entertainment, particularly for the younger set.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Annette Basile FILMINK (Australia)
    While the animation is incredible, this also has heart and humour in spades, and proves just as engaging as its predecessor.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Matt Fowler IGN Movies
    70
    Not as great as the first, but still worth your skadoosh!
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Louise Keller Urban Cinefile
    Cuter and more enjoyable than the first film, this high energy 3D animation from Dreamworks is packed with kung-fu spectacle, exotic Eastern settings, a fuzzy heart and plenty of chuckles
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Sam Bathe Fan The Fire
    40
    A visually engrossing, technical triumph, Kung Fu Panda 2 is worth seeing on the big screen for the sheer eye popping nature of its realisation. But dramatically, it's not packing a punch.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Alistair Harkness Scotsman
    40
    Offers more of the same, even though it tries to convince us it doesn't.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Henry Fitzherbert Daily Express
    60
    It is made with consummate craft, contains some exciting set-pieces and the voice work is top-notch.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Caroline Jowett Daily Express
    80
    The animation is five-star all the way but the plot has a good deal less "awesomeness" than the original.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Derek Malcolm This is London
    60
    Director Jennifer Yuh Nelson has done her best to ensure a child-friendly movie that parents can sit through too.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Anthony Quinn Independent
    40
    It drops points for a narrative that overstretches by at least 20 minutes.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • David Edwards Daily Mirror [UK]
    80
    With an all-star voice cast, gorgeous animation and a story that both thrills and tugs the heartstrings, it's as good a 'toon as we're likely to see all year.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Jason Best Movie Talk
    Another knockout combination of vibrant animation, energetic action and nifty jokes.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Graham Young Birmingham Post
    80
    A solid entry in the modern world of computer-generated animations and a promising start for debut director Jennifer Yuh Nelson.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Stephen Cavalier Little White Lies
    60
    Might be just another instalment in another big dumb multiplex franchise, but it's a beautifully designed and crafted one with much to admire, drawn from the joyful karma of animation ninjas rather than sucked from soulless executive spreadsheets.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Alex Zane Sun Online
    80
    The tagline doesn't lie - it really is twice the awesomeness.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Sukhdev Sandhu Daily Telegraph
    80
    The whole film deserves close attention and repeat viewings.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Alan Jones Radio Times
    60
    The movie is as busy and crisply detailed as ever, and the action sequences involving rickshaw chases, martial arts dust-ups and cannonball juggling score high.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • James O'Brien Daily Mail [UK]
    80
    A knowing script, beautifully bright animation and a truly towering effort from Black combine to create a cracker of a family film.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Matthew Turner ViewLondon
    60
    This is an enjoyable sequel with impressive animation and lively fight sequences but it's neither as funny nor as emotionally engaging as the first film and it largely side-lines its previously fabulous supporting cast.
    Full Review » 3 years ago