Kung Fu Panda 2 - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Kung Fu Panda 2 Reviews

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Andrew Simpson
Fan The Fire
August 16, 2011
A visually engrossing, technical triumph, Kung Fu Panda 2 is worth seeing on the big screen for the sheer eye popping nature of its realisation. But dramatically, it's not packing a punch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)
June 29, 2011
Go for a beer in the middle forty minutes; come back refreshed for the ... [final] extraordinary battle sequence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
May 25, 2011
Lacks the novelty of the original, which found a sweet spot in between martial arts and goofy animated critters, and milked it for every last laugh. This one feels like leftovers that have curdled.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Glenn Heath Jr.
Slant Magazine
June 3, 2011
By the end, Po experiences some of the same recycled epiphanies from the first film, sans their emotional panache.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
June 24, 2011
It focuses too heavily on flashy action sequences and lacks the amusing banter that I remember fondly from the original.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
May 25, 2011
Amusing enough at times but doing little to justify the continuation of its story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
May 26, 2011
The original cast is back, but is there anything left to the story? Other than some trumped-up daddy issues, no.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tim Grierson
Screen International
May 22, 2011
Substituting action for charm, the sequel is a visual treat but not a sufficient comedic or narrative one, taking only modest advantage of Jack Black's game voice work.
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
May 12, 2012
I guess my expectations may have been too high. I didn't want a silly KUNG FU PANDA 2, loaded with jokes. I was hoping it would be more like the first one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rob Vaux
May 27, 2011
Like its protagonist, this one is cute, cuddly and far less effective than it clearly thinks it is.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
October 20, 2011
Stellar animation aside, themes such as adoption anxiety, genocide and WMD dominate the storyline-not the usual kiddie fare to be sure.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
May 26, 2011
The freshness and novelty that made the original film such a kick back in 2008 has been, well, kicked to bits.
Brandon Fibbs
July 6, 2011
Kung Fu Panda 2 is all just a bit too familiar, a bit too common, a bit too unimaginative. In the real world, recycling is a great and admirable thing. In cinema, it is a death knell.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
June 10, 2011
It drops points for a narrative that overstretches by at least 20 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Pais
May 25, 2011
Still putting the Po in ponderous ... just more of the same, which was already more than enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Erik Childress
May 26, 2011
Whoever was responsible for all but writing out the original's best character, Shifu, deserves the most scorn. With maybe seven minutes and a handful of lines, it ends up featuring less of Dustin Hoffman than the eleventh hour reshoots of Little Fockers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
December 8, 2011
The characters do a lot of chasing around, running, punching, and kicking, making the movie more exhausting than exciting.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
May 25, 2011
Accomplishes the depressingly familiar mathematical trick of being both more and less than its predecessor.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 26, 2011
Like that kung pao chicken at the back of your fridge, none of it's quite as crisp the second time around.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 26, 2011
Alas, this time there are about three or four mild laughs in the whole picture, and the entire visual aspect of the movie is a botched disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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