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The Princess Diaries 2 - Royal Engagement (2004)



Average Rating: 4.6/10
Reviews Counted: 114
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 85

Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews bring charm and elegance to the movie, but there's not enough material for them to work with in this sequel.


Average Rating: 4.6/10
Critic Reviews: 29
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 20

Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews bring charm and elegance to the movie, but there's not enough material for them to work with in this sequel.



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Directed by Garry Marshall, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement picks up where its predecessor left off -- that is, with American teenager Mia Thermopolis (Anne Hathaway) reeling over the news that she is a princess within the royal family of Genovia, a little-known European nation with a population of barely 50,000. As promised, Mia, along with her best friend, Lilly (Heather Matarazzo), travels to Genovia after their high-school graduation. The unlikely princess has hardly settled into


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Shonda Rhimes

Dec 14, 2004


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Scenes end abruptly, laughs are as rare as yetis, and the overarching question seems to be: Can we turn this into a franchise?

August 17, 2004 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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Sometimes charming, sometimes a tad too silly and all the time predictable, Princess Diaries 2 gives you what you'd expect and doesn't take many chances besides allowing for the possibility that a princess might be okay without a husband.

August 13, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Lumpish excuse for a contemporary fairy tale.

August 12, 2004 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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There's not enough story in it to fill a shoebox.

August 11, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Too blandly insubstantial to expand its appeal beyond its target demographic.

August 11, 2004 Full Review Source: Variety
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A fun romp for girls of all ages.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

The larger message -- that you should marry for the right reasons only when you're ready -- is one everyone can applaud.

September 27, 2006
Christianity Today

The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement is unapologetically aimed towards young girls, making this review virtually moot.

December 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

[The film] runs an insufferable two hours, leisurely chugging toward an ending most of the audience will have predicted 15 minutes in.

December 17, 2004

Saddled with the sort of dialogue that would fell a von Trapp.

November 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

A chocolate-box sequel whose rose-tinted view of constitutional monarchy will provoke hoots of derision this side of the pond.

October 19, 2004 Full Review Source:

Unlikely to appeal to anyone, regardless of their thoughts on the first film.

October 18, 2004 Full Review Source: FilmFocus

If you are a prepubescent girl with a five-year old intellect, this is a smash hit. If you're not, bring a good book.

September 19, 2004 Full Review Source:

Constantly opts for contrived cheesiness, slathering on the cuteness with a trowel.

September 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

This threadbare sequel takes a page from such revisionist fairy tales as Shrek and Ella Enchanted, movies that assume we've grown so weary of the same old Cinderella story that they go out of their way to invert the formula.

September 15, 2004 Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine
Premiere Magazine

Sadly, the film leaves you with the feeling this was done just for the money this sequel would possibly bring.

September 4, 2004 Full Review
Talking Pictures (U.S.)

[A] needless but charming sequel.

August 26, 2004 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Dear Diary: Mia's return engagement is anything but engaging.

August 25, 2004 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

Follow the fun in this excellent sequel that I liked better than the original.

August 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum
Entertainment Spectrum

Toy tiaras for orphans! (the first one's always free)...Another day, another dollar for Disney's lucrative business of breeding...ever-longing dream princesses.

August 19, 2004
Groucho Reviews

Simple romantic fluff that at least doesn't shortchange its target audience in the usual condescending manner.

August 18, 2004 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

I admit, I'm more or less hardwired to dislike this movie, but even by Garry Marshall's abysmally low standards, there isn't much to recommend The Princess Diaries 2.

August 17, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Sure, the characters are very basic, the situation has been seen before and you can practically write the script from frame one. But that doesn't stop it from working.

August 16, 2004 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Even the long-awaited Sound of Music coming from Julie Andrews is uninspiring.

August 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Des Moines Register
Des Moines Register

Audience Reviews for The Princess Diaries 2 - Royal Engagement

Again i still very much enjoy these movies, i think this second one is maybe more funny than the first, still very enjoyable and light hearted.
Its a great teen comedy to keep you amused.
June 13, 2012
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No, this was way too cheesy. Anne Hathaway's carelessness was way too much. But I did liked the romantic moments which was the only part I enjoyed.
August 28, 2011
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August 12, 2011

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    1. Clarisse Renaldi: Some girls are fair. Some are jolly and fit. Some have a well-bred air or a well-honed wit. Each one's with its one's a jewel with a singular shine, a work of art with its own rare design. Dearl little girl, you are terribly blessed, but it's your heart of gold I love the best. And that will be your crowning glory your whole life through. It'll always be your crowning glory--the most glorious part of you.
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