'Kung Fu Panda 2' Critic Reviews

97%
MovieWeb:   16 reviews
81%
Rotten Tomatoes:   169 reviews
  • 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 » 3 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 » 3 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 » 3 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 » 3 years ago
  • Thomas Leupp Hollywood.com
    80
    A worthy follow-up, less whimsical than the first film but more emotionally resonant.
    Full Review » 3 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 » 3 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 » 3 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 » 3 years ago
  • Brian Orndorf BrianOrndorf.com
    84
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Richard Jordan Total Film
    80
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Ethan Alter NYC Film Critic
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Josh Bell Las Vegas Weekly
    50
    Amusing enough at times but doing little to justify the continuation of its story.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • 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 » 3 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 » 3 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 » 3 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 » 3 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 » 3 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 » 3 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 » 3 years ago