How to Train Your Dragon 2 Reviews

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July 11, 2014
The characters in this movie are charmers. They've got me so well-trained, I'm even looking forward to HTTYD3.
July 10, 2014
This swooping and soaring sequel boasts big thrills, innovative set-pieces and a surprisingly radical political outlook.
July 8, 2014
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.
June 26, 2014
An efficient and entertaining franchise sequel, but it restates how conventionally Americanised this property has become in comparison with the literary original ...
June 23, 2014
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.
June 20, 2014
Overlong and overly busy but more emotionally powerful than its predecessor.
June 19, 2014
The most distinctive thing about the series is its strictly rational handling of fantasy themes. The dragons themselves can be fearsome or adorable - but since they don't speak, they're treated for the most part as pieces of hardware or beasts of burden.
June 17, 2014
The entire film is a romance -- visually, parentally, ecologically. It's got the emotional, humorous, exciting sweep you want from a summer movie.
June 13, 2014
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.
Top Critic
June 13, 2014
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.
June 13, 2014
How to Train Your Dragon 2 is soaring, emotionally swooping, utterly satisfying fun.
June 13, 2014
Not only does this second movie match the charm, wit, animation skill and intelligent storytelling of the original, I think it even exceeds it.
June 13, 2014
Despite its expanded, ambitious battle sequences, Dragon 2 is at its best when it quiets down and dares to be intimate.
June 13, 2014
One of the most beautiful animated films ever made.
June 13, 2014
More than just teaching kids what to think about the world they're coming into, it's a rare film that encourages them to think for themselves.
June 13, 2014
This was not a sequel that anybody needed, outside of the accountants. And there's another already planned.
June 13, 2014
One of this year's true surprises, the superior animated sequel not only is infused with the same independent spirit and off-kilter aesthetic that enriched the original, it also deepens the first film's major themes.
June 12, 2014
It's a rip-roaring ride.
June 12, 2014
Nothing in this likable sequel flies quite so high as those aerial shots.
June 12, 2014
Young and old fans of the first movie will be lining up for the wit, for the inventiveness of the characters, for the breathtaking visuals - and just the sheer fun of it all.
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