Kung Fu Panda 2 Reviews

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
November 22, 2013
[A] satisfying, if less than sensational, sequel to the funny, charming and action-packed animated feature from 2008.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
June 8, 2011
A solid slice of summer entertainment: forgettable, perhaps, but plenty of fun while it lasts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 28, 2011
Jack Black once again shows his excellence as a voice actor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
May 27, 2011
Hardly a scene goes by that isn't visually striking or kinetically thrilling, and all of it enhanced by 3-D.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
May 27, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
May 26, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
May 26, 2011
No, we're not talking about Lord Voldemort and Harry Potter, although it does feel that way early on in the animated Kung Fu Panda 2.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 26, 2011
Alas, this time there are about three or four mild laughs in the whole picture, and the entire visual aspect of the movie is a botched disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
May 26, 2011
Has a bright palette, an amiable vibe and enough vivacity to keep kids entertained and any accompanying moms from bolting for Bridesmaids.
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
May 26, 2011
The original film was a compelling surprise, an unusually fun and sophisticated take on the wacky-animal CGI movie. The sequel remains visually beautiful and strikingly designed, but otherwise, it's a surprise in all the wrong ways.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
May 26, 2011
For a movie touting "inner peace," this 3-D sequel sure goes in for its share of battle scenes, but for the most part they are excitingly conceived by director Jennifer Yuh Nelson and her writers, Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
May 26, 2011
The freshness and novelty that made the original film such a kick back in 2008 has been, well, kicked to bits.
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
May 26, 2011
The kinder, gentler Kung Fu Panda 2 will surely try the patience of older children and fun-seeking parents.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 26, 2011
What really makes the film work... is director Yuh's sense of timing. She knows how to get in and out of a joke before beating it to death. A quick Pac-Man reference during a chase comes and goes, delighting without ever dragging.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
May 26, 2011
A breezy, funny, touching, action-packed sequel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 26, 2011
Like that kung pao chicken at the back of your fridge, none of it's quite as crisp the second time around.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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William Goss
Film.com
May 26, 2011
Nearly matches the original in charm and kicks.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 26, 2011
With its mix of vibrant CG and classical elements, the movie dazzles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
May 26, 2011
Black's Po manages to retain his requisite bumptiousness while also making a credible action hero.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
May 26, 2011
Director Jennifer Yuh Nelson's true cannon fist is how seamlessly "Panda's" wild skirmishes mesh with its eloquent narrative, even if there are less pauses for reflection this time 'round.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 26, 2011
The animation is elegant, the story is much more involving than in the original, and there's boundless energy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
May 26, 2011
It may not tread new narrative ground, but Panda echoes some worthy tales that parents heard a long time ago at a theater far, far away.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
May 25, 2011
That expressiveness combined with the talented voice cast brings a nuance, a sense of reality that is hard to achieve in animation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Janice Page
Boston Globe
May 25, 2011
Part of the problem with this sequel is how little it lets its star just riff with silly abandon, as he did throughout the original, rather than advance the serious themes set out by Yuh Nelson and her crew.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 25, 2011
For a summertime sequel, "Kung Fu Panda 2" is an unexpected kick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 25, 2011
This entry aims to expand the series both in storytelling terms and visually. It introduces emotionally complex issues, and literally adds new scope via 3-D. In each case, the payoff is impressive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
May 25, 2011
Accomplishes the depressingly familiar mathematical trick of being both more and less than its predecessor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 25, 2011
At times, Kung Fu Panda 2 suggests Bambi redone as an episode of Oprah. Yet it's a more-than-worthy sequel.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
May 25, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
May 25, 2011
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 | Original Score: 1/4
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
May 24, 2011
A precisely calibrated crowd-pleasing machine, balancing action, comedy and just the bare minimum of pathos.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
May 24, 2011
A fleeter, funnier beast than its 2008 predecessor.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 24, 2011
"Kung Fu Panda 2" is a sequel that delivers more heart than laughs, and is, if anything, more visually dazzling than the 2008 original film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
May 23, 2011
Kung Fu Panda 2 packs lots of firepower: detailed, reach-out-and-touch creature design, lush settings, big 3D action set-pieces.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
May 23, 2011
It all moves along briskly, with a degree of visual grace and a solid feel for 3D.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
May 23, 2011
While not as fresh as the first, the sequel certainly makes good on its promise.