'Kung Fu Panda 2' Critic Reviews
Still putting the Po in ponderous ... just more of the same, which was already more than enough.
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.
It's a relief to report that Kung Fu Panda 2 isn't only superb, but matches the original picture in terms of scope and sentiment.
Bigger and better than the original, Panda 2 skilfully avoids the curse of the sequel with wit, flair and a 3D paw to the face.
NYC Film Critic
Director Jennifer Yuh Nelson keeps the action swift and the tone light, but the movie lacks both the subtle grace notes and compelling characterizations that would make it a richer viewing experience.
Las Vegas Weekly
Amusing enough at times but doing little to justify the continuation of its story.
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.
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.
Kung Fu Panda 2 is far and away the best film DreamWorks Animation has released to date.
[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.