Metascore
50

Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 25
  2. Negative: 4 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Nov 16, 2011
    63
    For me, Happy Feet Two is pretty thin soup. The animation is bright and attractive, the music gives the characters something to do, but the movie has too much dialogue in the areas of philosophy and analysis.
  2. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Nov 17, 2011
    25
    The movie's bereftness of invention can be measured by how no story element builds on another. Instead, Happy Feet Two is plotted so that a bunch of disparate things happen, until it's time to end the movie.
  3. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Nov 17, 2011
    40
    As a low-cost baby-sitter, this high-energy sequel definitely does the trick.
  4. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Nov 16, 2011
    91
    Earnest messages about bad climate change and good parenting skills have been replaced by a we-all-share-a-planet sense of fun that's more "Finding Nemo" than National Geographic.
  5. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Nov 17, 2011
    50
    Little kids, of course, will swallow it whole without thinking twice.
  6. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Nov 18, 2011
    50
    Dazzling panoramas, no matter how impressive, are no substitute for the involving story Happy Feet Two has had to do without.
  7. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Nov 17, 2011
    50
    An amiable sequel with not much on its mind other than funny and creaky jokes, and waves of understated beauty.
  8. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Nov 17, 2011
    60
    Robin Williams, who's sometimes too overbearing in real-life live action, makes a great cartoon-character voice.
  9. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Nov 17, 2011
    50
    The sequel's themes of friendship and interdependency fail to generate much momentum.
  10. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Nov 16, 2011
    40
    Although appealing to look at, Happy Feet Two is noisy, busy, and unable to spark much emotional involvement in the viewer other than fear for the characters' well-being and a touch of existential angst by way of a couple of krill.
  11. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Nov 14, 2011
    50
    Even with the addition of new characters, such as the ones voiced by Brad Pitt and Matt Damon, George Miller's animated sequel just isn't very funny.
  12. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Nov 18, 2011
    38
    "Happy Feet" was one of the greatest and most original animated films, but the sequel can't even decide what it's about for the first 40 minutes.
  13. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Nov 17, 2011
    80
    Everything that happens in Happy Feet Two is good-to-great.
  14. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Nov 16, 2011
    50
    A clever and adorable original film remade with most of the charm wrung out of it.
  15. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Nov 16, 2011
    60
    A jumbled, messy movie that has some winning moments but jumps around too much to hold your interest for long.
  16. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Nov 17, 2011
    38
    The best thing you could say about Happy Feet Two is that it doesn't have any product placements or potty jokes. Other than that, this charmless Antarctic cartoon is what it looks like when hell freezes over.
  17. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Nov 15, 2011
    40
    The trek to get there is sluggish at best, torturous at worst. March away, penguins. Far away.
  18. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Nov 14, 2011
    50
    Though it retains the buoyant musical stylings and splendid visuals that made its predecessor so distinctive, this chatterbox of a sequel loses its way with a raft of annoying side characters for which the slender narrative framework provides far too indulgent a showcase.
  19. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    Nov 16, 2011
    75
    In some ways, it's a more grown-up story than Happy Feet, with more complicated messages delivered in subtler ways.
  20. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Nov 15, 2011
    40
    Really, the movie has absolutely everything except the light touch required for unaffected charm - the mugging is savage - a single piece of memorable original music, or a production number that's celebratory rather than trampling.
  21. Reviewed by: Pete Hammond
    Nov 15, 2011
    80
    This new round of toe-tapping musical numbers from the penguin population is shot in eye-poppingly gorgeous 3D.
  22. 75
    Pitt and Damon deliver the best lines (wisecracks about the food chain, predators and evolution, etc.) but their characters also represent most of us.
  23. Reviewed by: Staff [Not Credited]
    Nov 17, 2011
    50
    For a computer-animated movie about dancing penguins, it's surprisingly leaden. Not even the impressive voice talent can rev up this clumsy spectacle.
  24. Reviewed by: Jaime N. Christley
    Nov 15, 2011
    38
    There's something about these films, something about the working-over these songs suffer--a wrongness that's intangible but inescapable, like the unseen menace of a bad dream.
  25. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Nov 17, 2011
    88
    Although it's set on the same frozen continent, Happy Feet Two is worlds away from its predecessor.
User Score
5.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 65 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 17
  2. Negative: 4 out of 17
  1. Jan 16, 2012
    9
    Happy Feet Two is more original then its predecessor and is cheery, fun and hilarious; it features just moments of awe with its animation along with its music which could make you cry it is so beautiful. Along wit h its top notch voice acting the film succeeds and is a rare sequel that I think is better than the fist mostly because of it just being so adorable. I give this fantastic movie 88%. Full Review »
  2. Nov 18, 2011
    1
    The film has an essence similar to the first, a musical, which is produced unpretentious style with a teenager, but eventually becomes childish and tacky, it's really weak, bad, surely. Full Review »
  3. Jan 30, 2012
    7
    Even if you don't enjoy the storyline, the fun, music and sheer beauty of the animation is worth the entrance fee alone. The side story involving the Krill, voiced by Brad Pitt & Matt Damon is hilarious! Full Review »