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Happy Feet Two Reviews

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Leonard Maltin
indieWIRE
December 2, 2011
While 'Happy Feet' focused on the tap-dancing Emperor Penguin named Mumble... this one spends more time with his little son Erik... who is simply irresistible. If one agrees that penguins in general are cute, Erik ups the ante considerably.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
November 29, 2011
If there's a saving grace, it's the visuals, especially the beautiful scenes of orange krill. But that's about all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 19, 2011
For all the noise and flapping, the movie, like its heroes, remains flightless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 18, 2011
Happy Feet was one of the greatest and most original animated films, but the sequel can't even decide what it's about for the first 40 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
November 18, 2011
We get a feeling we've seen it all before.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
November 18, 2011
The gotta-move protagonist of the first animated, Antarctica-set feature -- a misfit young Emperor penguin named Mumble -- returns for the sequel. Only this time he's all grown up... and a lot less fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
November 18, 2011
The film reminds viewers young and old that to make a positive change, sometimes the little guy at the bottom of the food chain needs to stomp his feet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
November 18, 2011
Other than commercially, more is less in this antic, not so funny sequel to the 2006 blockbuster.
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
November 18, 2011
The disjointed, undercooked sequel to the Oscar-winning 2006 hit aims to tell life lessons and celebrate pop music, but this would-be toe-tapper is curiously out of step.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
November 18, 2011
Much like its Oscar-winning predecessor, the story focuses on lads and dads, though there are strong mama figures and daughters, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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William Goss
Film.com
November 18, 2011
Follows in the original's footsteps on a more reasonable scale while sparing audiences an emotional ambush.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
November 17, 2011
It's hard to resist dancing penguins, but "Happy Feet Two" may make you want to try.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
November 17, 2011
The movie's bereftness of invention can be measured by how no story element builds on another. Instead, "Happy Feet Two" is plotted so that a bunch of disparate things happen, until it's time to end the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
November 17, 2011
97 minutes of nonstop joy.
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
November 17, 2011
It's hard to resist a children's movie where two comic krill named Will and Bill toss off a reference to existential angst one minute and make really bad wordplays, as in "Goodbye, krill world" and "one in a krillion," the next.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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USA Today
November 17, 2011
For a computer-animated movie about dancing penguins, it's surprisingly leaden. Not even the impressive voice talent can rev up this clumsy spectacle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
November 17, 2011
Like father, like son; like Disney, like everyone else. And like first movie, like sequel.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 17, 2011
If it weren't for the comic relief provided by Will and Bill, tiny shrimplike crustaceans known as krill and voiced by Brad Pitt and Matt Damon, this would be a forbidding return to Antarctica indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Sam Adams
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 17, 2011
It's familiar enough not to spook fans of the (highly profitable) first, but Happy Feet Two branches out beyond prefab coming-of-age stories and gimmicky pop-song set pieces.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 17, 2011
Centuries from now, cultural historians will look at "Happy Feet Two'' and ask one question: What the heck were they smoking?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
November 17, 2011
The animation remains impressive, and there are some very funny moments, courtesy of the talented cast. But fans of the original will want to lower their expectations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
November 17, 2011
Happy Feet 2 may not be blazing a trail as smoothly and distinctively as the original film did... but you and your kids will find it a pleasant enough journey.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 17, 2011
Even though it mimics the original, "Happy Feet Two" is incoherent, and if there's an actual story here, it's drowned out by the vapid pop songs, yapping wisecracks and flapping wings of too many characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 17, 2011
Miller makes nice, subtle points about interdependence on earth. Meanwhile, the earthmates in Happy Feet Two continue to dance, sing, and, yes, charm.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
November 17, 2011
This is a film smart enough to set up atypically nuanced, supportive relationships between Erik and his baby-penguin friends, and dumb enough to regularly lean on repetitive broad physical comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
November 17, 2011
The original won an Oscar for best animated film. I wouldn't hold out the same hopes for the sequel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
November 17, 2011
Aside from novel and smart uses of 3D effects, the new movie is largely a bore, all but sidelining Williams and straining to offset the monotony of a protracted rescue story with the sour misadventures of a pair of fussy krill.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 17, 2011
For me, "Happy Feet Two" is pretty thin soup.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
November 15, 2011
March away, penguins. Far away.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
November 15, 2011
Has absolutely everything except the light touch required for unaffected charm -- the mugging is savage -- a single piece of memorable original music, or a production number that's celebratory rather than trampling.
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Justin Chang
Variety
November 14, 2011
Though it retains the buoyant musical stylings and splendid visuals that made its predecessor so distinctive, this chatterbox of a sequel loses its way with a raft of annoying side characters.
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David Germain
Associated Press
November 14, 2011
Sticks to the formula of the original while adding enough variety to give it a life of its own.
| Original Score: 3/4