Paddington 2

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Paddington 2 honors its star's rich legacy with a sweet-natured sequel whose adorable visuals are matched by a story perfectly balanced between heartwarming family fare and purely enjoyable all-ages adventure.



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PADDINGTON 2 finds Paddington happily settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens, where he has become a popular member of the community, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes. While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy's hundredth birthday, Paddington spots a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber's antique shop, and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it. But when the book is stolen, it's up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief... Helmed by twice BAFTA nominated director Paul King, PADDINGTON 2 is co-produced by multi award-winning David Heyman / Heyday Films (producer of all eight of the HARRY POTTER films, GRAVITY, THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS, FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM) and StudioCanal, who will also distribute in the UK, France, Germany, Australia and New Zealand. PADDINGTON is based on the best-selling and internationally adored series of children's stories by British author Michael Bond, which have sold more than 35 million copies worldwide, been translated into over 40 languages and captured the imagination of children and adults around the globe.


Hugh Grant
as Phoenix Buchanan
Ben Whishaw
as Paddington
Brendan Gleeson
as 'Knuckles' McGinty
Hugh Bonneville
as Henry Brown
Sally Hawkins
as Mary Brown
Julie Walters
as Mrs. Bird
Jim Broadbent
as Mr. Gruber
Peter Capaldi
as Mr. Curry
Madeleine Harris
as Judy Brown
Samuel Joslin
as Jonathan Brown
Imelda Staunton
as Aunt Lucy
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Critic Reviews for Paddington 2

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  • The Paddington films preach a message of acceptance that's no less straightforward than that of The Shape of Water, encouraging viewers to share in the hero's tolerant worldview.

    Feb 1, 2018 | Full Review…
  • A dash of Wes Anderson and a sprinkle of Jean-Pierre Jeunet, swirled around with a wonderfully fluid sense of airiness and light. It's mannered, yet carefree, colorful, and evocative.

    Jan 25, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • A movie that promotes the importance of family and good manners might seem like it could become the squarest of snoozes, but Paddington 2 is so transcendentally cheerful that it carries the day - and then some.

    Jan 19, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • All in all, "Paddington 2" has a warmth and wit that's missing from many a children's movie. Don't let your January go by without it.

    Jan 17, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

    Rafer Guzman

    Top Critic
  • [Paddington 2] has one out-loud laugh, plenty of sincere cleverness, vast technical ingenuity, a warm heart, lively performances and enough gyroscopic camera moves to make Max Ophüls jealous.

    Jan 16, 2018 | Full Review…
  • This is one sequel it's a pleasure to review.

    Jan 15, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Paddington 2

  • Dec 15, 2018
    Adorable and charming with beautiful production design. Kids should get a real kick out of it, adults should still appreciate the love that went into this and the cast obviously having a great time. The train showdown is almost Mission-Impossible-worthy.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • May 19, 2018
    Even better than the first with a sweet funny and magical story which ably entertains on two levels for kids and adults. Hugh Grant almost steals the show and the rest of the cast is perfectly cast. A very good family movie! 05-18-2018
    Christopher O Super Reviewer
  • May 02, 2018
    As delightful as the first one with the added bonus of Hugh Grant's terrific villain.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 09, 2018
    The first Paddington film was great, but this is even better. Smarter, funnier but still as warm as ever, with a standout performance from hugh grant as well.
    Ian W Super Reviewer

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