High School Musical 2

Critics Consensus

Surprisingly better than its predecessor, High School Musical 2 returns to enchant tweens with its snappy songs, wicked dance moves, and peppy spirit.



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The musical fun continues in director Kenny Ortega's sequel to the 2006 Disney Channel hit.


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Critic Reviews for High School Musical 2

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  • It's an irrepressibly colourful and upbeat effort and the result is Grease meets Fame meets Annette Funicello and Elvis Presley, for 8-to-12-year-olds.

    Sep 10, 2019 | Full Review…
  • While it'll satisfy its target demographic to no end, there's something lacking, where, instead of a soul, there's nothing more than the contrived emotionless plastic of a well-oiled money-making machine.

    Sep 10, 2019 | Full Review…
  • High School Musical 2, like the original, does well by doing good. While Disney coffers swell, these movies inspire a new generation to think seriously about dance and about the impact of drama laced with music.

    Sep 10, 2019 | Full Review…
  • [High School Musical 2] succeeds as what it's designed to be - a good-enough-for-the-kids, clean-enough-for-the-parents, profitable-enough-for-Disney product.

    Sep 10, 2019 | Full Review…

    Diane Werts

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  • There are more than a few high notes in the sequel, but there are also some flat notes as well. But, again, no matter: Kids will gobble it up like last year's Halloween candy anyway. They could do a lot worse.

    Sep 10, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Like the original, the sequel is about the tricky social order as established in high school, the renewable energy source that is the musical, and the power of a certain American entertainment empire. Not fabulous, but fun.

    Sep 10, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for High School Musical 2

  • Dec 02, 2011
    What can I say, I am a music lover, but this is not music, this is Zac Efron singing about shit we dont care about.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 30, 2011
    Massive rip off, ridiculous plot, bad acting, cliche..
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jul 15, 2011
    Thanks to a good performance by Ashley Tisdale and some eye-catching visuals, High School Musical 3 is an improvement over its predecessor since the antagonist has practically more to antagonise.
    Ilyaas H Super Reviewer
  • Jun 23, 2011
    I have a soft spot for musicals and Zac Efron. Even if I didn't, this film would still be great. The songs were as catchy as ever and I loved all of the sequels. 'High School Musical 2,3' all make you smile uncontrolably, make you want to sing and dance a long and cry with happiness. Great film.
    Bethany M Super Reviewer

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