Happy Feet Two Reviews

Derek Adams
Time Out
Top Critic
November 29, 2011

If there's a saving grace, it's the visuals, especially the beautiful scenes of orange krill. But that's about all.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic
November 19, 2011

For all the noise and flapping, the movie, like its heroes, remains flightless.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kyle Smith
New York Post
Top Critic
November 18, 2011

Happy Feet was one of the greatest and most original animated films, but the sequel can't even decide what it's about for the first 40 minutes.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
Top Critic
November 18, 2011

We get a feeling we've seen it all before.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
Top Critic
November 18, 2011

The gotta-move protagonist of the first animated, Antarctica-set feature -- a misfit young Emperor penguin named Mumble -- returns for the sequel. Only this time he's all grown up... and a lot less fun.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
Top Critic
November 18, 2011

The film reminds viewers young and old that to make a positive change, sometimes the little guy at the bottom of the food chain needs to stomp his feet.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic
November 18, 2011

Other than commercially, more is less in this antic, not so funny sequel to the 2006 blockbuster.

Adam Graham
Detroit News
Top Critic
November 18, 2011

The disjointed, undercooked sequel to the Oscar-winning 2006 hit aims to tell life lessons and celebrate pop music, but this would-be toe-tapper is curiously out of step.

Full Review | Original Score: C
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
Top Critic
November 18, 2011

Much like its Oscar-winning predecessor, the story focuses on lads and dads, though there are strong mama figures and daughters, too.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
William Goss
Film.com
Top Critic
November 18, 2011

Follows in the original's footsteps on a more reasonable scale while sparing audiences an emotional ambush.

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
November 17, 2011

It's hard to resist dancing penguins, but "Happy Feet Two" may make you want to try.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic
November 17, 2011

The movie's bereftness of invention can be measured by how no story element builds on another. Instead, "Happy Feet Two" is plotted so that a bunch of disparate things happen, until it's time to end the movie.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
Top Critic
November 17, 2011

97 minutes of nonstop joy.

Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic
November 17, 2011

It's hard to resist a children's movie where two comic krill named Will and Bill toss off a reference to existential angst one minute and make really bad wordplays, as in "Goodbye, krill world" and "one in a krillion," the next.

Full Review | Original Score: A-

USA Today
Top Critic
November 17, 2011

For a computer-animated movie about dancing penguins, it's surprisingly leaden. Not even the impressive voice talent can rev up this clumsy spectacle.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
Top Critic
November 17, 2011

Like father, like son; like Disney, like everyone else. And like first movie, like sequel.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic
November 17, 2011

If it weren't for the comic relief provided by Will and Bill, tiny shrimplike crustaceans known as krill and voiced by Brad Pitt and Matt Damon, this would be a forbidding return to Antarctica indeed.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sam Adams
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic
November 17, 2011

It's familiar enough not to spook fans of the (highly profitable) first, but Happy Feet Two branches out beyond prefab coming-of-age stories and gimmicky pop-song set pieces.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
Top Critic
November 17, 2011

Centuries from now, cultural historians will look at "Happy Feet Two'' and ask one question: What the heck were they smoking?

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
Top Critic
November 17, 2011

The animation remains impressive, and there are some very funny moments, courtesy of the talented cast. But fans of the original will want to lower their expectations.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
James Rocchi
MSN Movies
Top Critic
November 17, 2011

Happy Feet 2 may not be blazing a trail as smoothly and distinctively as the original film did... but you and your kids will find it a pleasant enough journey.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic
November 17, 2011

Even though it mimics the original, "Happy Feet Two" is incoherent, and if there's an actual story here, it's drowned out by the vapid pop songs, yapping wisecracks and flapping wings of too many characters.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic
November 17, 2011

Miller makes nice, subtle points about interdependence on earth. Meanwhile, the earthmates in Happy Feet Two continue to dance, sing, and, yes, charm.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Tasha Robinson
AV Club
Top Critic
November 17, 2011

This is a film smart enough to set up atypically nuanced, supportive relationships between Erik and his baby-penguin friends, and dumb enough to regularly lean on repetitive broad physical comedy.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
Top Critic
November 17, 2011

The original won an Oscar for best animated film. I wouldn't hold out the same hopes for the sequel.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
Top Critic
November 17, 2011

Aside from novel and smart uses of 3D effects, the new movie is largely a bore, all but sidelining Williams and straining to offset the monotony of a protracted rescue story with the sour misadventures of a pair of fussy krill.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
November 17, 2011

For me, "Happy Feet Two" is pretty thin soup.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
Top Critic
November 15, 2011

March away, penguins. Far away.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
Top Critic
November 15, 2011

Has absolutely everything except the light touch required for unaffected charm -- the mugging is savage -- a single piece of memorable original music, or a production number that's celebratory rather than trampling.

Justin Chang
Variety
Top Critic
November 14, 2011

Though it retains the buoyant musical stylings and splendid visuals that made its predecessor so distinctive, this chatterbox of a sequel loses its way with a raft of annoying side characters.

David Germain
Associated Press
Top Critic
November 14, 2011

Sticks to the formula of the original while adding enough variety to give it a life of its own.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4