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Rio 2 (2014)

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48

Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 91
Fresh: 44 | Rotten: 47

Like most sequels, Rio 2 takes its predecessor's basic template and tries to make it bigger -- which means it's even busier, more colorful, and ultimately more exhausting for viewers outside the youthful target demographic.

45

Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 22
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 12

Like most sequels, Rio 2 takes its predecessor's basic template and tries to make it bigger -- which means it's even busier, more colorful, and ultimately more exhausting for viewers outside the youthful target demographic.

audience

71

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Average Rating: 3.9/5
User Ratings: 59,830

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Movie Info

It's a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids in RIO 2, after they're hurtled from that magical city to the wilds of the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful Nigel, and meets the most fearsome adversary of all - his father-in-law. All our favorite RIO characters are back, and they're joined by Oscar (R) nominee Andy Garcia, Grammy (R) winner Bruno Mars, Tony (R) winner Kristin Chenoweth and Oscar/Emmy (R)/Tony winner Rita Moreno. RIO 2 also

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Animation, Kids & Family, Comedy

$39.3M

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All Critics (91) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (44) | Rotten (47)

The movie has one goal: to amuse the most children with the least amount of effort.

April 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday
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The musical moments, on the whole, stand out as the highlights of the film; Rio 2 becomes watchable when the flat characters shut up and sing.

April 11, 2014 Full Review Source: The Wrap
The Wrap
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Where the film excels ... in an even more pronounced way than the first film, is in the choreographed animation for the musical numbers.

April 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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It'll keep the kids content for a couple of hours, though it's likely to bore the grown-ups.

April 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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It's as good as the first one and sure to please both the kiddies and adults with its two-tiered humor.

April 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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Wonderfully animated and well-voiced, "Rio 2" is nevertheless too much. Too much plot, too many issues, too many characters.

April 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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A marked decline in every way from an original that really couldn't afford it.

April 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

The derivative Rio 2 is a riot of color with groovy music, but not a single original moment to its name.

April 16, 2014 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

There'll be a Rio 3. Probably a Rio 4. They will be brightly colored and not bother anyone. You'll simultaneously remember them somewhat fondly and also not remember much about them at all. "That one bird," you'll think, "he was ok."

April 14, 2014 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

Rio was pretty generic to begin with, and the follow-up doesn't fly far from the nest...[it's the] vocally virtuosic amorous aria, 'Poisonous Love,' that is the picture's hands-down highlight.

April 14, 2014 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

A frantic, family-friendly, musical adventure that's filled with familiar feathered friends.

April 13, 2014 Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate
SSG Syndicate

bucks the usual law of diminishing sequel returns with a great story, even better new dangers, and a voice performance by Kristen Chenowith as Gabi, a lovesick poison dart frog that is destined to become a classic.

April 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews
Killer Movie Reviews

Enjoyable music and traces of authentic Brazilian spirit provide reasonable compensation for Rio 2's derivative qualities and storytelling flaws (if only barely so).

April 11, 2014 Full Review Source: ScreenRant
ScreenRant

Presents a relentless sweep of bright colours impeccably choreographed to samba, R&B and show tunes. Amidst all the revelry, the busy plot and characters garner as much attention as the wheels on a carnival truck.

April 11, 2014 Full Review Source: NOW Toronto
NOW Toronto

"Rio 2" is a lively, colorful, amusing 3D computer-animated adventure.

April 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

Saldanha's sequel is infused with spectacular scenery, toe-tapping music, and a myriad of creatures and colors.

April 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

The colour and sounds of Brazil ensure Rio 2 keeps its exotic plumage, but the plot and pastiche characters come straight out of Southern California's big fat fanny pack.

April 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Canada.com
Canada.com

Rio 2 has a childish, delicious-looking beauty. It's like watching a box of Froot Loops explode just beyond the tip of your nose. Bring milk.

April 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Grantland
Grantland

Director and cowriter Carlos Saldanha's film is, above all, a spectacular CG travelogue of his native Brazil, with a virtual zoo of Amazonian residents in their otherworldly natural habitats.

April 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Toledo Blade
Toledo Blade

Like its peppy predecessor, Rio 2 doesn't look or sound like other animated licenses to print money. That alone is reason enough to appreciate it.

April 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay Times

Like a taxidermist's turkey: overstuffed and lifeless.

April 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

Catchy music and just a few predators in fun sequel.

April 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

In spite of some sloppiness this movie earns a lot of good will for having its heart in the right place.

April 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Suburban Journals of St. Louis

Audience Reviews for Rio 2

Although it does suffer from a bit of unoriginality throughout it's villainous plots, "Rio 2" boasts from a great voice cast and stunning visuals (but that is nothing short of expected from Dreamworks at this point). I enjoyed this film a lot, as the same characters return and it's emotional peaks still remain. This sequel is definitely more child-oriented than the first film, due to it's dumbed down humour and by-the-numbers story arches. When it get's fun, it's really fun though and kids of all ages will enjoy it, and parents may even get a kick at some of the childish humour, because I know I did. "Rio 2" is nothing too special, and it is nothing compared to it's predecessor, but it is a fun kids adventure filled with lessons and heart. Not a must see in theatres, but a "must watch eventually" for kids.
April 11, 2014
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

An amusing sequel, if nothing special but deliciously colorful, that is worth more because of its relevant environmental message than any narrative merits, even if now there are considerably less clichés than in the first film and we get a handful of inspired moments.
April 10, 2014
blacksheepboy

Super Reviewer

Birds of a familiar feather flocking together for more of the same, the loud, colorful, but ultimately so-so sequel Rio 2 doesn't go south so much as stick to the same no-frills flight pattern. Stocked full of Brazilian nuts, the Amazon-set follow-up rightly tries upping the character count, "dramatic" ante, slapsticky gags, and adult-pleasing one-liners...but the end result still often feels like reheated leftovers. Of course, families with non-discerning children won't care much but this second helping is more of a deuce than the original, pushing in its chips on an Eco-themed Be Yourself theme that feels like it was culled from the deleted scenes from the cutting room floor of Happy Feet. Mind you, it's a visual feast for the eye and occasionally the ears but why not just re-watch the superior first go-round?

In this G-rated animated musical comedy, Blu (Eisenberg), Jewel (Hathaway) and their three kids get hurtled Rio de Janeiro to the wilds of the Amazon where they go beak-to-beak with the vengeful Nigel (Jemaine Clement) and meet the most fearsome adversary of all: Jewel's father (Andy Garcia).

There's not a bad note among the celebrity pipes hired to give lip service to the fuss and feathers. Director Carlos Saldanha (the Ice Age series) and Blue Sky Studios definitely possess a gift for bringing funtastic characters to life and Rio 2 definitely boasts its share even if some returning faces literally and ridiculously get airlifted into the action. When a ballad by a poison tree frog emerges as the flick's standout moment, however, it might be time to put the ixnay on chapter 3.

Bottom line: Way to Keep it Rio
April 14, 2014
Jeff B.
Jeff Boam

Super Reviewer

    1. Jewel: You're the only one for me, Blu.
    2. Blu: Good, because I am the only one for you.
    – Submitted by Matt R (15 days ago)
    1. Luiz: Walk it off, buddy!
    – Submitted by Matt R (15 days ago)
    1. Blu: We are going to the Amazon...yay!
    2. Pedro: Like, the website?
    – Submitted by Matt R (30 days ago)
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