'Kung Fu Panda 2' Critic Reviews
Daniel M. Kimmel
New England Movies Weekly
In some ways it's a vast improvement on the first film, and in other ways it's a letdown.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Kung Fu Panda 2" is still a lot of fun. But like so many sequels, it's not quite No. 1.
Po has yet to receive a film as memorable as himself, but this one will suffice until his next chance for greatness comes along.
This thin follow-up feels like a betrayal of its predecessor's accomplishments and goodwill, cheapening what worked in the first place to emphasize some wrong things this time around - particularly the film's 3-D presentation.
Mark Reviews Movies
Missing the assured balance of tone and genuine heart that its predecessor had.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
For a summertime sequel, "Kung Fu Panda 2" is an unexpected kick.
Kung Fu Panda 2 is far and away the best film DreamWorks Animation has released to date.
Lacks the novelty of the original, which found a sweet spot in between martial arts and goofy animated critters, and milked it for every last laugh. This one feels like leftovers that have curdled.
By the end, Po experiences some of the same recycled epiphanies from the first film, sans their emotional panache.
A fun and surprisingly affecting little adventure, Kung Fu Panda 2 ranks among the best films DreamWorks has ever done
With fluid action sequences and luminous 3-D visuals, the film will tickle kids and engage their parents.
Still putting the Po in ponderous ... just more of the same, which was already more than enough.
A worthy follow-up, less whimsical than the first film but more emotionally resonant.
Here's a rarity - the sequel that surpasses the original...The film's climatic battle is so grand, it appears to have been inspired by the epic Asian period film "Red Cliff."
Time Out New York
The animation is always jazzy, especially some dazzling dream sequences -- one involves a radish schooled in the martial arts -- that seem indebted to Genndy Tartakovsky's Samurai Jack.
Energetic, filled with clever and exciting kung-fu action, and there is an emotional arc for Po that I found personally very affecting, more so than I would have expected.
[VIDEO] Grand scale spectacle in an atmosphere of China's exotic natural beauty is part and parcel to DreamWorks Animation's winning sequel to the 2008 original.
In a summer filled with sequels, you'll be hard pressed to find another as intense, entertaining and visually gratifying.
Substituting action for charm, the sequel is a visual treat but not a sufficient comedic or narrative one, taking only modest advantage of Jack Black's game voice work.