The Princess Diaries 2 - Royal Engagement Reviews

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Time Out
November 16, 2011
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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Ebert & Roeper
August 19, 2004
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Ed Park
Village Voice
August 17, 2004
Scenes end abruptly, laughs are as rare as yetis, and the overarching question seems to be: Can we turn this into a franchise?
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Detroit Free Press
August 14, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Sara Gebhardt
Washington Post
August 13, 2004
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.
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
August 12, 2004
Lumpish excuse for a contemporary fairy tale.
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AV Club
August 12, 2004
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
August 11, 2004
There's not enough story in it to fill a shoebox.
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Joe Leydon
Variety
August 11, 2004
Too blandly insubstantial to expand its appeal beyond its target demographic.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 11, 2004
We all love a good fairy tale, but the enchantment is missing in this predictable sequel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 11, 2004
The movie is undeniably cute. But it's also often a gooey mess, with a plot that manages to be both wearisome and preposterous (to grown-ups, that is).
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
August 11, 2004
Offers enough glossy good cheer to appeal to everyone.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 11, 2004
It's an 8-year-old girl's fantasy of adulthood, right down to the purple-and-scarlet uniforms worn by the Genovian National Guard.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
August 11, 2004
So lame.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
August 11, 2004
[It's] unfair to allow grown-ups to wander into this alleged comedy without letting them know a few things first. One, that small children will be bored. Two, that they will be bored. Three: that they will be bored. Four: Zzzzzzzzzzz...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
August 11, 2004
Though the picture is often trite and occasionally exasperating, the leading ladies give it a spoonful of sugar and a hint of enchantment.
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
August 11, 2004
A number of the goofy set pieces fall flat but tweens should be too busy swooning at midnight horse rides and bling-bling walk-in wardrobes to notice.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
August 11, 2004
Ought to charm its loyal subjects, or at least their less demanding little sisters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 11, 2004
The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement picks up right where the 2001 hit original left off -- not only in its story line, but in its appeal to young girls.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
August 11, 2004
It's Hollywood hokum at its most glamorous and effective.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
August 11, 2004
The problem with this sequel, unlike, say, Spider-Man 2 or X2: X-Men United, is that no one was interested in making a better film.
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
August 11, 2004
Like the first movie, Princess Diaries 2 relies primarily on the chemistry and screen appeal of Andrews and Hathaway to elevate the storytelling above the level of mush.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
August 11, 2004
The film's generic feminism pales beside its bloated sense of privilege, only underlined by a nonstop cabaret of sideshow acts.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 11, 2004
It's not the sweet gem the original film was. But it's still a nice shiny bauble of a movie.
| Original Score: C+
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
August 11, 2004
Gentle fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
August 11, 2004
While there's nothing in Princess Diaries 2 to offend your eyes or ears, there's plenty to insult your intelligence.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
August 11, 2004
An improvement over its inelegant original.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 11, 2004
The film is like a homage to the cliches and obligatory stereotypes of its genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 11, 2004
Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews again star and Garry Marshall returns as director; the only things missing are a script, a pulse, and a reason why.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
August 11, 2004
A movie that proves fairy tales can come true ... twice.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
August 11, 2004
A movie with the appeal of a book of paper dolls.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
August 11, 2004
The Princess Diaries 2 combines a classic storybook scenario, in which the former ugly duckling refines her swan standing, with the usual self-help uplift.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5