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The Princess Diaries 2 - Royal Engagement (2004)

TOMATOMETER

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

Critics Consensus: 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
Reviews Counted: 29
Fresh: 9
Rotten: 20

Critics Consensus: 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.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 477,984

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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 … More

Rating:
G
Genre:
Comedy , Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By:
Shonda Rhimes
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Dec 14, 2004
Box Office:
$95.1M
Runtime:
Walt Disney Pictures [us] - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Princess Diaries 2 - Royal Engagement

All Critics (123) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (29) | Rotten (85) | DVD (22)

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

Full Review… | August 17, 2004
Village Voice
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 13, 2004
Washington Post
Top Critic

Lumpish excuse for a contemporary fairy tale.

Full Review… | August 12, 2004
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

There's not enough story in it to fill a shoebox.

Full Review… | August 11, 2004
Washington Post
Top Critic

Too blandly insubstantial to expand its appeal beyond its target demographic.

Full Review… | August 11, 2004
Variety
Top Critic

A fun romp for girls of all ages.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
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.

Full Review… | December 19, 2004
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.

Full Review… | November 16, 2004
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.

Full Review… | October 19, 2004
BBC.com

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

Full Review… | October 18, 2004

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.

Full Review… | September 19, 2004

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

Full Review… | September 19, 2004
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.

Full Review… | September 15, 2004
Premiere Magazine

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

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

[A] needless but charming sequel.

Full Review… | August 26, 2004
Combustible Celluloid

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

Full Review… | August 25, 2004

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

Full Review… | August 19, 2004
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.

Full Review… | August 18, 2004
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.

Full Review… | August 17, 2004
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.

Full Review… | August 16, 2004
7M Pictures

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

Full Review… | August 16, 2004
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.

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FiLmCrAzY
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

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.

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Dead Angel

Super Reviewer

It was not even nere the first. The first was original and funny, this was not. This film was pure torture to watch, what a horrible film.

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Jim Careter

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½

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Alexander Diminiano

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The Princess Diaries 2 - Royal Engagement Quotes


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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