The Jungle Book 2 Reviews

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 19, 2004
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Laura Sinagra
Village Voice
February 19, 2003
John Goodman's Baloo admits, 'King Louie? He split!' Before the third defibrillation of 'Bare Necessities,' you and your kids might too.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
February 18, 2003
More development and nuance in Karl Geurs' script would have made a big difference.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
February 18, 2003
Wait for it to come out on video, it'll baby sit a four-year-old. Anybody else is gonna be bored by it.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 15, 2003
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Houston Chronicle
February 15, 2003
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Scott Craven
Arizona Republic
February 15, 2003
That scratching sound you hear isn't Baloo the bear rubbing against a tree, it's Disney scraping the bottom of the sequel barrel with a follow-up that has none of the charm or creativity of the original.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
February 14, 2003
Relatively innocuous but utterly unnecessary -- except from the standpoint of unbridled capitalism.
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Jane Horwitz
Washington Post
February 14, 2003
Likely to provide 72 minutes of enjoyment and a few scary thrills to tykes, as well as a pleasant diversion for parents.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
February 14, 2003
The animation is lovely, but the simplistic story feels as if it were arrived at by committee after an hour-long meeting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Daphne Gordon
Toronto Star
February 14, 2003
A pathetic excuse for an animated feature, with only slightly more than an hour of action, a thin plot that returns to very familiar details and themes, and only two new songs.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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C.W. Nevius
San Francisco Chronicle
February 14, 2003
The overall result of this remake is something as safe and dull as oatmeal.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
February 14, 2003
Feels a little dispiriting in the manner of a high school reunion where everyone is dancing to the same old songs and looking a little worse for wear.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
February 14, 2003
This is a by-the-numbers rehash that will leave anyone much over 5 enormously grateful that, if you duck out before the lengthy end credits, it lasts just over an hour.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Globe and Mail
February 14, 2003
There's no escaping the feeling that Disney fielded its B-team for this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
February 14, 2003
The characters are sweet -- OK, the new baby character's a bit of a nuisance -- the music is fun and, yes, that bear can indeed dance.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
February 14, 2003
A slapdash sequel that hardly qualifies as a feature.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 14, 2003
It's a throwback in which cute animals of no depth or nuance play with the hero or threaten him in not very scary ways.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
February 14, 2003
As someone who enjoys an above-average cartoon ... I'm a little cheesed by the pro forma story line and ruthlessly brief running time of Book.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Dave Kehr
New York Times
February 13, 2003
Does little but recycle the memorable moments of the first ... while rendering them in a cheap, thin style of animation far closer to Saturday morning television than to the classic Disney features.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
February 13, 2003
A work of such charm and imagination it should enchant, as the old circus phrase goes, 'children of all ages.'
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Christine Dolen
Miami Herald
February 13, 2003
What makes this sequel work is the charm of its story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
February 13, 2003
While nothing here matches the original, it's a gentle, affirming destination for those in search of a pleasant, G-rated outing.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
February 13, 2003
Same characters, same heroes, same villain, many of the same songs and the same conclusion, just different voices joking and singing away.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
February 13, 2003
The music here, though at times toe-tapping, is uninspired.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
February 13, 2003
A third-rate kiddie movie that should've gone straight to video as originally planned.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Paul Malcolm
L.A. Weekly
February 12, 2003
It can't shake the impression of a video premiere stretched to big-screen size.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 12, 2003
An indicator of how far Disney has fallen, although I can't recall the Magic Kingdom ever releasing a worse animated feature into multiplexes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
February 12, 2003
The whole enterprise starts to feel like a sheer con.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
February 11, 2003
There's an assembly-line, direct-to-video feel about the whole production.