The Smurfs 2 Reviews

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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
August 7, 2013
Yes, this is the point in the summer when I outsource my critical judgment to my kids.
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Bruce Ingram
Chicago Sun-Times
August 1, 2013
"The Smurfs 2" probably isn't any worse than you might expect. On the other hand, it's almost certainly not any better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
July 31, 2013
Not so much of a film as it is a collection of images and sounds that bludgeon you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/10
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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
July 31, 2013
It would be too much to say that there's a good movie somewhere inside Smurfs 2 looking to get out. But it wouldn't be too much to say that sometimes, the movie we do have tries harder than we might expect.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 31, 2013
The trouble with this stunted sequel is that the doughy, blobby-hatted Smurfs are mostly window dressing for an abrasive slapstick bash built around a tiresome kidnap plot ...
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Phil Brown
Globe and Mail
July 31, 2013
Only adults with 'Smurf-holm syndrome' could love this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
July 31, 2013
There's a dark and gratuitously negative vibe to "The Smurfs 2" that makes it unfit even for the undiscriminating young moviegoers that made the first one a hit.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Sean O'Connell
Washington Post
July 31, 2013
I found "The Smurfs 2" to be more enjoyable and far less obnoxious than [the original]. This, of course, is like saying having a cavity filled is preferable to a root canal, but in the dog days of the summer blockbuster season, beggars can't be smurfers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
July 31, 2013
What is it with the Smurfs? Why do people like them? Why have people always liked them?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jordan Hoffman
New York Daily News
July 31, 2013
Voicing Papa Smurf here turned out, alas, to be comedian Jonathan Winters' final role. (A crueler fate than Orson Welles signing off with 1986's animated "The Transformers: The Movie"? You be the judge.)
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 31, 2013
This insipid, and sometimes awkward, blend of animation, computer generation and live action wastes a ton of talent and lacks a true sense of whimsy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 31, 2013
It's not exactly "Ratatouille," but this quasi-animated movie makes an amusing late-summer vacation from superheroes and shoot-'em-ups.
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
July 31, 2013
Right down to the brute functionality of its title, "The Smurfs 2" may be the platonic ideal of a major studio sequel - no markedly better or worse than the first and with just enough difference to lay claim to being something new.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
July 31, 2013
A new, not very engaging movie featuring a lot of blue skin and household-name voices.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
July 31, 2013
They're as lethally uninteresting as Barney the Purple Dinosaur, though a Godzilla-style "Barney vs. Smurfs" is a movie I would pay to see, provided maximum destruction were promised.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
July 31, 2013
The Smurfs 2 has everything you hated about the first movie, and more.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kevin McFarland
AV Club
July 31, 2013
Smurfs 2 is at least slightly superior to the absolutely dire first film, but it remains a series for kids whose parents can't just pop in a DVD of something better.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Loren King
Boston Globe
July 31, 2013
That the mushroom- dwelling blue creatures still manage to be endearing even in their second big-screen extravaganza (in 3-D, no less) is about the best that can be said of "Smurfs 2."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 31, 2013
Even movies aimed at very small children don't have to be painful for adults to sit through, and the good ones even have a few pleasures for them, as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Frank Lovece
Newsday
July 30, 2013
Not Smurftastic, but not Smurfawful, either.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kristin Tillotson
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 30, 2013
Will kids like "The Smurfs 2" at least as much as the first one? Answer: Is a Smurf's butt blue?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
July 30, 2013
Its tolerant messages remain buried beneath lame pop-culture references, hectic slapstick, fart jokes, and endless Smurf-puns that-Azaria's funny, over-the-top cartoon villainy aside-make one pine for the Smurfpocalypse.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
July 30, 2013
There's a modicum of fun to be found in the blue-hued special effects, knockabout humour and decent voice cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Matt Patches
Time Out
July 30, 2013
Patient Adult Smurfs will be checking their watches as Excitable Child Smurfs lose themselves in the high jinks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Scott Foundas
Variety
July 28, 2013
A sequel that changes scarcely a drop of Smurf-essence in its winning formula.
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Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
July 28, 2013
Beyond a few chuckle-worthy one-liners and some amusing visual comedy, there's not much to engage adults, although the wee ones should be distracted enough.
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
July 28, 2013
The Smurfs 2 will keep a child reasonably entertained for 105 minutes--but so will a large, empty cardboard box. The box is more likely to stimulate a child's imagination and less likely to contain jokes about testicles.