'Kung Fu Panda 2' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   16 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   169 reviews
  • Daniel M. Kimmel New England Movies Weekly
    50
    In some ways it's a vast improvement on the first film, and in other ways it's a letdown.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Cathy Jakicic Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    63
    "Kung Fu Panda 2" is still a lot of fun. But like so many sequels, it's not quite No. 1.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Dustin Putman DustinPutman.com
    63
    Po has yet to receive a film as memorable as himself, but this one will suffice until his next chance for greatness comes along.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Tom Keogh Seattle Times
    25
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Mark Dujsik Mark Reviews Movies
    63
    Missing the assured balance of tone and genuine heart that its predecessor had.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    75
    For a summertime sequel, "Kung Fu Panda 2" is an unexpected kick.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • David Medsker Bullz-Eye.com
    80
    Kung Fu Panda 2 is far and away the best film DreamWorks Animation has released to date.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Christopher Lloyd Sarasota Herald-Tribune
    40
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Ed Gonzalez Slant Magazine
    50
    By the end, Po experiences some of the same recycled epiphanies from the first film, sans their emotional panache.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Todd Gilchrist Boxoffice Magazine
    80
    A fun and surprisingly affecting little adventure, Kung Fu Panda 2 ranks among the best films DreamWorks has ever done
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Thelma Adams Us Weekly
    75
    With fluid action sequences and luminous 3-D visuals, the film will tickle kids and engage their parents.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Matt Pais RedEye
    50
    Still putting the Po in ponderous ... just more of the same, which was already more than enough.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Thomas Leupp Hollywood.com
    80
    A worthy follow-up, less whimsical than the first film but more emotionally resonant.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Laura Clifford Reeling Reviews
    67
    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."
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Keith Uhlich Time Out New York
    60
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Drew McWeeny HitFix
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Cole Smithey ColeSmithey.com
    67
    [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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Joshua Tyler CinemaBlend.com
    80
    In a summer filled with sequels, you'll be hard pressed to find another as intense, entertaining and visually gratifying.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Tim Grierson Screen International
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
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