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How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

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Average Rating: 7.7/10
Reviews Counted: 154
Fresh: 142 | Rotten: 12

Exciting, emotionally resonant, and beautifully animated, How to Train Your Dragon 2 builds on its predecessor's successes just the way a sequel should.

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Average Rating: 7.9/10
Critic Reviews: 37
Fresh: 36 | Rotten: 1

Exciting, emotionally resonant, and beautifully animated, How to Train Your Dragon 2 builds on its predecessor's successes just the way a sequel should.

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DreamWorks Animation returns to the world of dragons and Vikings in this sequel to their successful 2010 outing How to Train Your Dragon. The original film followed the exploits of a Viking chief's son, who must capture a dragon in order to mark his passage into manhood and prove his worthiness to the tribe. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

Dec 11, 2014

$165.6M

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Hats off to Dreamworks for offering some bold surprises in a respectable sequel filled with moments of humour and emotion among its ample noise and movement.

July 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The writer and director Dean DeBlois takes the comedy to a deeper, more satisfying place than he did in the original franchise-launching animated film.

June 23, 2014 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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Overlong and overly busy but more emotionally powerful than its predecessor.

June 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor
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The entire film is a romance -- visually, parentally, ecologically. It's got the emotional, humorous, exciting sweep you want from a summer movie.

June 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Grantland
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Although there are times when bits of the movie feel extraneous, the production as a whole comes across more like an organic extension of the original tale than something tacked on purely to score at the box office.

June 13, 2014 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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It's clear that [director Dean DeBlois] took inspiration from the first Star Wars trilogy - not a bad model for breathing new life, and yes, a bit of fire, into one of Hollywood's more nuanced animated franchises.

June 13, 2014 Full Review Source: NPR
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It's a rare sequel - animated or otherwise - that expands the story of its predecessor without rehashing it, and an even rarer family-oriented film that manages to be fun and mature without being condescending to its audience. [It] does both.

July 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons
Dark Horizons

With writer-director Dean DeBlois back at the helm, the sequel feels like a solid continuation of the first movie.

July 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Atlantic City Weekly
Atlantic City Weekly

Here and there, it's as if the mythology of Tolkien has been filtered through the imagery of Miyazaki.

July 12, 2014 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm
LarsenOnFilm

Bigger and even richer than the terrific 2010 hit animation, this sequel is also quite possibly the best action-adventure movie of the year.

July 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Contactmusic.com
Contactmusic.com

A triumph that soars far beyond a lazy re-tread of the original. It is altogether darker, richer and more complex.

July 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Funny, big-hearted and - as you'd expect - a visual feast, this a family film in every sense and one to be lapped-up by both kids and grown-ups alike.

July 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

The characters in this movie are charmers. They've got me so well-trained, I'm even looking forward to HTTYD3.

July 11, 2014 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

It has a richness that's highly compelling, especially in the way it explores the complex relationship between man and beast.

July 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Only for those addicted to video games and the Transformer series. The original was bright, funny and inventive. The sequel not so.

July 11, 2014 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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The filmmakers borrow freely from Avatar, Sword In The Stone and even Brave but they bring enough vigour and imagination to their storytelling to get away with it.

July 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

The sequel doesn't attempt to take things in a completely new direction, choosing instead to expand its world and characters with great success.

July 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz
Flicks.co.nz

This swooping and soaring sequel boasts big thrills, innovative set-pieces and a surprisingly radical political outlook.

July 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Textures and gestures are brilliantly rendered, the body language saying more about the characters and their relationships than any words ...

July 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Despite the unimaginative title, How To Train Your Dragon 2 arrives full of its predecessor's invention, wit and flair.

July 10, 2014 Full Review Source: The List
The List

Bigger, braver and even more visually rewarding than the original, it's an ambitious attempt to extend the scope of its predecessor without sacrificing the charm, humour and excitement that made that so appealing.

July 10, 2014 Full Review Source: SFX Magazine
SFX Magazine

This sequel forms a well-balanced symbiotic relationship between the entertainingly silly and the deadly serious.

July 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Written and directed with admirable verve by Dean DeBlois, How to Train Your Dragon ticks all the important boxes required of top quality family-friendly animation.

July 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Irish Independent
Irish Independent

At times terrifying and too tough for tinies, this is nevertheless a triumphant sequel that puts its faith in Hiccup and Toothless to find a way through dark times for man and dragon.

July 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

A textbook lesson in 'How to Do A Sequel.'

July 5, 2014 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Audience Reviews for How to Train Your Dragon 2

After the first movie hit a huge success (too bad they should compete with the flawless 'Toy Story 3' in that year), Dreamworks finally did it right by producing its sequel and taking its level to a higher one with more mature character since they are teens now, while the new character such as Valka, Drago, and Eret make the story more interesting.. Too bad we should see one important character died at the end of the movie.. But overall, I like what Dreamworks did to this franchise by maintaining its level so Dragon can still fly high.. I just hope there's no uprising competitor since I definitely want Dragon to lift the Oscars this year..
July 20, 2014
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Sanjaya 丘耀文

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Hiccup and Toothless battle a dragon-trainer bent on destroying their village.
The bookending voice-overs are textbook examples of how not to do voice-overs, but the interceding story, while predictable and essentially cliche, is delightful. Most of the action is fun, and the story packs a surprise that defies kids film conventions. There's even a touching moment when the Gerard Butler character first meets the Cate Blanchett character that warmed the cold, cynical cockles of my heart.
Overall, this film surprised me and is stronger than I ever thought it would be.
July 9, 2014
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Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

If 2010's "How to Train Your Dragon" helped put DreamWorks Animation on the map as a legitimate contender to the Pixar throne, then "How to Train Your Dragon 2" is visually one of the most impressive animation experiences ever. Created as the first DreamWorks animated film to use the new "Premo" and "Torch" lighting software throughout and with the assistance of some excellent direction from Dean DeBlois, "How to Train Your Dragon 2" is technically a visual masterpiece.

Final Thought: Lack of a memorable plot notwithstanding, and aside from the fact that, in my opinion, it was a strange production choice to have a movie with such a particular plot twist open on Father's Day weekend, I GUARANTEE (judging from the lackluster Disney "Big Hero 6" teaser trailer) "How to Train Your Dragon 2" will win the Oscar for best animated film, based solely on its technical merits. Go ahead and quote me on that.

Read the rest of my review at: www.examiner.com/review/how-to-train-your-dragon-2-a-giant-leap-forward-the-world-of-animation

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June 29, 2014
Markus Emilio Robinson
Markus Robinson

Super Reviewer

how rare to find a sequel as good, or maybe better, than its predecessor. the animation was superb, the character development outstanding, and the story about as epic as one can get for a kids movie. the film jumps forward 5 years, a plot device that usually leaves one baffled, but in this case it worked perfectly. the only thing holding me back from giving this film a full 5 stars is that, although the emotion of the film was built perfectly, once it was time to allow those emotions to breathe and be expressed properly, they were truncated and swallowed by the action. there are some sad elements to this film, but the grief goes completely unrealized. there is also a matter of an entire army just disappearing at the end of the film, with no explanation. However, this aside, the film's narrative elements and action sequences are among the best ever produced for an animated film.
June 29, 2014
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danny d

Super Reviewer

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    1. Valka: You came early into this world. You were such a wee thing, so frail, so fragile.... I feared you wouldn't make it. But your father, he never doubted. He always said you'd be the strongest of them all. And he was right.
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