How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

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Critic Consensus: Exciting, emotionally resonant, and beautifully animated, How to Train Your Dragon 2 builds on its predecessor's successes just the way a sequel should.

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The thrilling second chapter of the epic HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON trilogy returns to the fantastical world of the heroic Viking Hiccup and his faithful dragon Toothless. The inseparable duo must protect the peace - and save the future of men and dragons from the power-hungry Drago.
Rating:
PG (for adventure action and some mild rude humor)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Animation , Kids & Family , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Cast

Jay Baruchel
as Hiccup
Gerard Butler
as Stoick
Jonah Hill
as Snotlout
Kristen Wiig
as Ruffnut
T.J. Miller
as Tuffnut
Kit Harington
as Eret, Son of Eret
Djimon Hounsou
as Drago Bludvist
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Critic Reviews for How to Train Your Dragon 2

All Critics (164) | Top Critics (40)

Hats off to Dreamworks for offering some bold surprises in a respectable sequel filled with moments of humour and emotion among its ample noise and movement.

Full Review… | July 7, 2014
Time Out
Top Critic

The writer and director Dean DeBlois takes the comedy to a deeper, more satisfying place than he did in the original franchise-launching animated film.

Full Review… | June 22, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

Overlong and overly busy but more emotionally powerful than its predecessor.

Full Review… | June 20, 2014
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

The entire film is a romance -- visually, parentally, ecologically. It's got the emotional, humorous, exciting sweep you want from a summer movie.

Full Review… | June 17, 2014
Grantland
Top Critic

Although there are times when bits of the movie feel extraneous, the production as a whole comes across more like an organic extension of the original tale than something tacked on purely to score at the box office.

Full Review… | June 13, 2014
ReelViews
Top Critic

It's clear that [director Dean DeBlois] took inspiration from the first Star Wars trilogy - not a bad model for breathing new life, and yes, a bit of fire, into one of Hollywood's more nuanced animated franchises.

Full Review… | June 13, 2014
NPR
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for How to Train Your Dragon 2

More dragons, more emotions, more surprises as in the wonderful original. Hiccup's journey into adulthood will leave no heart untouched, the humor is refreshing and the action breath taking. If only all animated sequels had this much heart and gall.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

An enjoyable, if inferior, sequel concerning the adventures of Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) and Toothless, and how they come across an angry dragon trapper (voiced by Djimon Hounsou) who is bent on revenge and capturing all of Hiccup's tribe's dragons. A little on the long side, but still emotionally powerful with twists in the plot that are equally heartbreaking and surprising; if you were a fan of the first movie you should love this one too. The action sequences are still exciting and the characters are still very interesting, and it will be fascinating to see where the writers go from here in developing this series considering how beloved it has become.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

½

6.5/10

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