The Smurfs 2 Reviews

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August 12, 2013
In this obnoxiously peppy 3D sequel, "smurf" is an all-purpose prefix that the anaemic script uses when words fail. Which is often.
August 7, 2013
Yes, this is the point in the summer when I outsource my critical judgment to my kids.
August 1, 2013
A painless holidaykiller, if not terribly worthwhile.
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.
August 1, 2013
Reluctant parents: you don't need to tell your kids that you won't love them if they like "The Smurfs 2." Instead, you can silently judge them until either you and/or they simply can't bear the thought of talking to each other.
July 31, 2013
Not so much of a film as it is a collection of images and sounds that bludgeon you.
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.
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 ...
July 31, 2013
No fun whatsoever.
July 31, 2013
Only adults with 'Smurf-holm syndrome' could love this film.
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.
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.
July 31, 2013
What is it with the Smurfs? Why do people like them? Why have people always liked them?
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.)
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.
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.
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.
July 31, 2013
A new, not very engaging movie featuring a lot of blue skin and household-name voices.
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.
July 31, 2013
The Smurfs 2 has everything you hated about the first movie, and more.
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