'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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Catherine Bray Film4
    60
    The odd amusing line doesn't stop this being pretty bland stuff, but it should keep younger viewers occupied.
    Full Review » 3 years ago