Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 30
  2. Negative: 2 out of 30
  1. Reviewed by: Helen O'Hara
    Oct 21, 2013
    80
    Loveable - especially if you're as fond of a pun as we are - and extremely silly.
  2. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Sep 26, 2013
    80
    It is the inventive design of the many creatures that feels so fresh. The detail is so rich, and so dense, that you wish some of the frames would freeze so you had more time for savoring.
  3. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Sep 26, 2013
    80
    Cloudy 2 is loud, weird and chaotic — just as kids like it.
  4. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Sep 26, 2013
    80
    Picks up where the first film left off, literally, and offers at least as many laughs (if not more for adults), retaining the goofy attitude. Cameron and Pearn throw a lot at the wall, just like their predecessors, and most of it sticks.
  5. Reviewed by: Amy Nicholson
    Sep 24, 2013
    80
    The Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs franchise takes its comic cues from The Muppets and Pee Wee's Playhouse, kids' shows that ripen as their audience matures.
  6. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    Sep 27, 2013
    75
    It's a tasty buffet of food gags, both visual and verbal. When they say "We're toast," they really mean it.
  7. Reviewed by: Keith Staskiewicz
    Sep 27, 2013
    75
    Charming enough on its own not to feel like just reheated leftovers.
  8. Reviewed by: Bill Zwecker
    Sep 26, 2013
    75
    Unlike so many sequels, this fun-filled 3D adventure is sure to entertain younger kids but also charm the adults who will be accompanying them to the multiplexes.
  9. Reviewed by: Matt Patches
    Sep 25, 2013
    71
    The sequel quadruples the recipe, with gags on top of gags on top of gags in a way only animation could achieve. Like a foodie “Jurassic Park” conjured up by Tex Avery, “Cloudy 2″ is a sight to behold … as long as your brain hasn’t turned to mush by the halfway point.
  10. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Sep 30, 2013
    70
    While it was often all over the place, it worked, because directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller ladled out the chaos with such charm.
  11. Reviewed by: Miriam Bale
    Sep 26, 2013
    70
    At times it felt as if this film might challenge Pixar’s decade-long reign, but that promise wanes. Instead, the movie is sometimes so strange, colorful and wildly cute that it may end up becoming a “Yellow Submarine” for a new generation.
  12. Reviewed by: Keith Phipps
    Sep 25, 2013
    70
    The film retains much of what worked about the first film, and it brings a similarly smart, patient, visually striking approach to the gags.
  13. 70
    It might not possess the robust charm of its 2009 predecessor, but Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 nevertheless gets an amusing boost from a genetically modified, marauding menagerie of Tacodiles, Watermelophants, Sasquashes and assorted other "Foodimals" that have overtaken the once-tranquil island of Swallow Falls.
  14. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Sep 25, 2013
    70
    What Erica Rivinoja, John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein’s script lacks in lingering nutritional value, it compensates for with amusing food puns. If nothing else, the pic’s zany tone and manic pace are good for a quick-hit sugar high.
  15. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Sep 30, 2013
    67
    It's the only chance for small children to drag parents to the movies until November, so knock yourself out, kiddies.
  16. Reviewed by: Scott Bowles
    Sep 26, 2013
    63
    If you rely on films to keep your kids entertained and distracted for an hour and a half, Meatballs is a masterwork, a visual stunner that manages to break from animation's current 3-D rut.
  17. Reviewed by: Mike McCahill
    Oct 24, 2013
    60
    Fortunately, the animators get stuck in: the foodscape Flint's party passes through is again wittily realised, each frame sprinkled with colourful hybrid creations, from "flamangos" to "shrimpanzees".
  18. Reviewed by: Kevin Harley
    Oct 24, 2013
    60
    With a large supporting cast and rapid gag-rate, ingredients are generous. But with no real plot to bind them, the pile-up of chaotic chases, repeat-on you leek puns and noisy dust-ups gradually kills the appetite.
  19. Reviewed by: Tim Robey
    Oct 24, 2013
    60
    For all its properly surreal mayhem, this flick isn’t quite as nimble or emotionally rounded as its predecessor.
  20. Reviewed by: Catherine Bray
    Oct 22, 2013
    60
    At one point a character even ponders aloud that it’s probably best not to think too hard about how this ecology might work or whether it makes sense. Amen to that.
  21. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Sep 25, 2013
    60
    It aims to entertain, to offer a few tame chuckles for parents and children to enjoy in a purely Saturday-morning way. And it accomplishes that.
  22. Reviewed by: Dave McGinn
    Sep 27, 2013
    50
    Unfortunately, the film promises more fun and laughs than it delivers, and this meal tastes like too many that have gone before it.
  23. Reviewed by: Peter Hartlaub
    Sep 26, 2013
    50
    A humorous yet unfocused romp, so unwilling to settle on a single theme that hyperactivity medication should be handed out with the 3-D glasses.
  24. Reviewed by: Tom Russo
    Sep 26, 2013
    50
    It’s another brightly rendered effort, but, as the title indicates, a lot of the real creativity seems to have been used up the first time around.
  25. Reviewed by: Eric Henderson
    Sep 26, 2013
    50
    This sequel strenuously works to form a total inversion of the first movie's relationship with food.
  26. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    Sep 25, 2013
    50
    What a pity, then, that almost no imagination has been expended on the narrative.
  27. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Sep 27, 2013
    40
    It’s only when the sentient snacks are front and center that this middling sequel to the 2009 animated hit truly comes alive.
  28. Reviewed by: Steve Davis
    Sep 25, 2013
    40
    For both kids and adults, CWCM2 is little more than a vague memory as soon as it’s over.
  29. Reviewed by: Sean O’Connell
    Sep 26, 2013
    37
    Kids will chuckle, for sure. But parents who were pleasantly surprised by the original film’s intelligence will miss Lord and Miller’s guiding hands, as what once felt so funny now leaves a stale taste.
  30. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Sep 30, 2013
    25
    Whelk, I hope the makers of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs earned a nice celery, but I’m afraid they made a hash of things. A hash seasoned with oy sauce.
User Score
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 97 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 30
  2. Negative: 4 out of 30
  1. Oct 20, 2013
    10
    Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, was AMAZING!! If you liked the first one you will love this one too!! :D
    It was so so CUTE!! I love all
    the cuteness of the mutated foods!! I died from cuteness over load! I even teared up a little because of how cute and happy everything was. XD(I just love how cute everything was)
    But I enjoyed the movie very very much and I am sure you and your kids will as well!! it's worth the money spent! Enjoy!!
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  2. Oct 2, 2013
    9
    Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 maybe is one of the most ridiculous and exaggerated ideas of this year, but... don't care, is an extremely funny sequel, with a cool animation, much funny moments, I could no ask for anything more, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 is one of my favorite movies of this year! Full Review »
  3. Sep 27, 2013
    8
    While Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 might not deliver the same cross-generational appeal as the first film, it’s a worthy sequel that smartly iterates on the core storyline with a new and entertaining direction. The foodimals will keep members of the film’s kid-friendly demographic entertained and tongue-in-cheek social satire provide some decent chuckles for parents (as well as older fans of the prior installment). In general, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 doesn’t taste quite as fresh as the original recipe but the film offers more than just re-heated leftovers with another funny and entertaining adventure that justifies a second helping of Flint Lockwood and friends. Full Review »