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Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)

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Average Rating: 6.9/10
Reviews Counted: 167
Fresh: 135 | Rotten: 32

The storyline arc may seem a tad familiar to fans of the original, but Kung Fu Panda 2 offers enough action, comedy, and visual sparkle to compensate.

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Average Rating: 6.7/10
Critic Reviews: 36
Fresh: 27 | Rotten: 9

The storyline arc may seem a tad familiar to fans of the original, but Kung Fu Panda 2 offers enough action, comedy, and visual sparkle to compensate.

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In Kung Fu Panda 2, Po is now living his dream as The Dragon Warrior, protecting the Valley of Peace alongside his friends and fellow kung fu masters, The Furious Five. But Po's new life of awesomeness is threatened by the emergence of a formidable villain, who plans to use a secret, unstoppable weapon to conquer China and destroy kung fu. Po must look to his past and uncover the secrets of his mysterious origins; only then will he be able to unlock the strength he needs to succeed. -- (C)

Dec 13, 2011

$165.2M

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All Critics (167) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (135) | Rotten (32) | DVD (5)

[A] satisfying, if less than sensational, sequel to the funny, charming and action-packed animated feature from 2008.

November 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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A solid slice of summer entertainment: forgettable, perhaps, but plenty of fun while it lasts.

June 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Jack Black once again shows his excellence as a voice actor.

May 28, 2011 Full Review Source: ReelViews | Comments (7)
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Hardly a scene goes by that isn't visually striking or kinetically thrilling, and all of it enhanced by 3-D.

May 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal | Comments (2)
Wall Street Journal
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Po and friends redeem themselves with a terrific third act, the animation (in three distinct styles) is superb and there's enough hiii-YA-ing to keep the kids yipping throughout.

May 27, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Post | Comment (1)
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The film's visuals are thrilling, beguiling, vivid: the greens of a glade or a terraced hillside; the molten reds of Shen's smelting works or yellow-orange arcs of fireworks.

May 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post
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[Director Jennifer Yuh] manages the balance nicely; Po is alternately awesome and dumbstruck, and it can be fun to guess at the start of each scene which attribute will come to the fore. Often it's a combination on the two.

November 22, 2013 Full Review Source: National Post
National Post

Kung Fu Panda 2 achieves something few sequels to blockbusters ever do -- it stays true to a successful formula without seeming tired, cynical, or lazy.

November 22, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Kung Fu Panda 2 benefits from an entertaining story, fantastic direction and amazing visuals. It's one of 2011's best animated films.

March 13, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

["Kung Fu Panda 2" has] got everything you could want in a film made for kids including a good story, stunning animation, and a few laughs.

September 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

I guess my expectations may have been too high. I didn't want a silly KUNG FU PANDA 2, loaded with jokes. I was hoping it would be more like the first one.

May 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Sin Magazine
Sin Magazine

The best animated film of the year, Kung Fu Panda 2 plays as a solid kids' film, a great kung fu actioner, and an emotionally centered drama.

January 29, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN DVD
IGN DVD

Too bad it's so forgettable.

January 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

One can only wonder if cinematic animation might find a new path, one far removed from the sadly lucrative video-game market.

December 24, 2011 Full Review Source: JWR | Comments (3)

The characters do a lot of chasing around, running, punching, and kicking, making the movie more exhausting than exciting.

December 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

What could up have amounted to a highly moving work of art is constantly diminished by low-grade TV sitcom humor such as can be found on any series starring Kevin James or James Belushi.

November 27, 2011 Full Review Source: GreenCine
GreenCine

Stellar animation aside, themes such as adoption anxiety, genocide and WMD dominate the storyline-not the usual kiddie fare to be sure.

October 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Comments (3)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Panda 2 packs more than enough personality and visual pizzazz to make up for its minor shortcomings.

September 9, 2011 Full Review Source: American Profile
American Profile

a fun summer outing that will please its audience by delivering a familiar feel with just enough novelty to keep things fresh.

September 1, 2011 Full Review Source: The National
The National

A visually engrossing, technical triumph, Kung Fu Panda 2 is worth seeing on the big screen for the sheer eye popping nature of its realisation. But dramatically, it's not packing a punch.

August 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
Fan The Fire

Just a good time at the movies, from the laughs to the action to the heartwarming message.

August 3, 2011 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Kung Fu Panda 2 isn't just a model sequel or family film: as an action movie, it's superior to most of what's out there.

July 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Projection Booth
Projection Booth

If there is one pleasant surprise in the movie, it's Lord Shen.

July 18, 2011 Full Review Source: ScreenRant
ScreenRant

Kung Fu Panda 2 is all just a bit too familiar, a bit too common, a bit too unimaginative. In the real world, recycling is a great and admirable thing. In cinema, it is a death knell.

July 6, 2011 Full Review Source: BrandonFibbs.com | Comments (5)
BrandonFibbs.com

...there are crashing pagodas, hurtling cannonballs, wild chases, and of course, a lot of whiplash-inducing kung fu, effortlessly balancing elegance, ferocity, variety and comic timing like the genre's pros.

July 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz
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Audience Reviews for Kung Fu Panda 2

Kung Fu Panda 2 is a solid animation blockbuster. Jack Black brings more energy and flavor to the sequel. Although the story may lack the ambiance the first installment had, it is bounded together by its countless humor (even going sentimental) and improved animation. 4/5
January 1, 2013
Eugene Bernabe

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Kung Fu Panda 2, it's a visual delight with very good action scenes, moving and sometimes have a lack of humor, but still a entertaining motion picture.
July 19, 2012
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

A cartoon sequel that displays surprising artistic depth while wallowing in a predictable and somewhat shallow plot, Panda II survives on its quirky humor and something for everyone approach.

The story itself is nothing new; the search for one's true self and identity - which is pretty deep for the kiddies - and in the end offers up a feel good moment that it is in the everyday acts that ones' self is revealed (found that in a fortune cookie). However.... Every film needs a baddy to drive the action, and here, as with the rest of the film, we have a conundrum. Lord Shen, a peacock voiced by Gary Oldman, is a wonder to watch - his fluid movements and kung fu using his feathers a true joy - but in trying to instill depth to the character the film stumbles on its own device (something about a soothsayer's warnings of doom - holy Oedipus, where have I heard this before?). The inference that things are pre-ordained prevents this damaged megalomaniac from being more than a James Bond villain - wanting to destroy the world in order to possess it (never really understood that rationale - sorry Ian Flemming).

All sounds pretty deep thus far, yes? But this surprising depth is at distinct odds with the more cartoonish elements involving what may or may not be some kind of budding romance between Panda and Tigress (more like puppy love, but that would really be confusing, right?). Stay tuned for Panda part III for further developments!

Along the way we are witness to some truly wonderful animation - the chase scene via rickshaws far more fun than any live action car chase. Speaking of animation - once again I mention that the art of the film is breathtaking. I did NOT see this in 3D, so the colors I witnessed were wonderfully saturated and brilliant. Even scenes that didn't quite thrill me were still infused with such brilliant art that I was satisfied with viewing them (for example the climactic navel battle scene). In addition the film seamlessly switches idioms from animation to anime and even employs the art of Chinese shadow play.

In conclusion, while the twin story lines of self recognition and save the world from the bad guy may be retreads, there is enough humor and wonderful artwork to satisfy the adult in the audience, while throwing enough action at the youngsters to keep 'em entertained. A solid effort from Dreamworks.
July 1, 2012
maxthesax
paul sandberg

Super Reviewer

Kung Fu Panda 2's technical charms are undeniable. There's a priority placed on razzle dazzle spectacle and there are lots of battles. The narrative is highlighted by cluttered action scenes that have the emotional depth of a video game. To that end, young children should find the pretty colors and goofy antics of Po amusing. The beautiful images authentically represent the landscape and architecture at Mount Qingcheng, a renowned center of Taoism. But all of those efforts are betrayed by the superficiality of the dialogue. There's a decidedly modern feel to the language and attitudes of the characters that make the historical setting in ancient China seem arbitrary. The anecdotes are even more aimed at kids in this offering. The lack of sense gets a bit insulting. This martial arts fantasy doesn't have a script with personalities or drama with that will engage adults. His fellow kung fu masters, the Furious Five, are criminally underused. I think the Monkey had two lines. Master Shifu, the red panda who was Po's teacher and trainer in part one, is sadly missed. He's basically a cameo in this entry. He was arguably the second most important individual and that film's emotional center. It's regrettable that such a visually stunning masterpiece of animation has a plot that is so thoroughly lacking in originality or intelligence.
May 9, 2012
hobster1

Super Reviewer

    1. The Soothsayer: Your story may not have a happy beginning, but that doesn't make you who you are. It is the rest of your story, who you choose to be.
    – Submitted by Robert B (9 months ago)
    1. Po: But I just got kung fu
    2. Master Shifu: Now you have to protect it!
    – Submitted by Adam P (13 months ago)
    1. Mr. Ping: I fed you, I gave you a bath, and I fed you some more!
    – Submitted by S.R. H (17 months ago)
    1. Po: Ah, thanks for picking me up.
    2. Wolf Boss: No problem. [drops Po]
    3. Po: By the way, I threw up a little bit on the third floor. Do you have some type of 'evil janitor' to pick that up?
    – Submitted by YOU USED THE WRONG EMAIL ADDRESS S (21 months ago)
    1. Lord Shen: The dead exist in the past. And I must tend to the future.
    – Submitted by Typhon Q (23 months ago)
    1. Lord Shen: China will be mine.
    – Submitted by Lisa H (2 years ago)
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