Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    May 25, 2011
    91
    Part two is even more gorgeous to behold, and deeper in substance.
  2. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    May 23, 2011
    90
    It all moves along briskly, with a degree of visual grace and a solid feel for 3D.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    May 23, 2011
    90
    Once again, the DreamWorks team demonstrates that humor is the primary weapon in its arsenal.
  4. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    May 25, 2011
    88
    The animation is elegant, the story is much more involving than in the original, and there's boundless energy.
  5. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    May 25, 2011
    83
    At times, Kung Fu Panda 2 suggests "Bambi" redone as an episode of Oprah. Yet it's a more-than-worthy sequel.
  6. Reviewed by: Angie Errigo
    Jun 3, 2011
    80
    A richer plot, life lessons and loving Chinese cultural references rendered by turns sweet, scary and charming, with yet more fantastical kung fu, make this an engaging winner. Stunning visuals make it real art as well.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    May 26, 2011
    80
    Kung Fu Panda 2 plunks down squarely in the spot marked for "chop-socky action with heart."
  8. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    May 25, 2011
    80
    The big action pieces, particularly the final face-off, are masterful both for their cleverness in bringing down the house and the detail jammed into every frame. Even composers Hans Zimmer, who's scored a zillion movies, and John Powell seem to be having more fun than usual.
  9. Reviewed by: Todd Gilchrist
    May 24, 2011
    80
    A fun and surprisingly affecting little adventure, Kung Fu Panda 2 ranks among the best films DreamWorks has ever done.
  10. Reviewed by: Kerry Lengel
    May 24, 2011
    80
    A precisely calibrated crowd-pleasing machine, balancing action, comedy and just the bare minimum of pathos.
  11. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    May 24, 2011
    80
    Jennifer Yuh Nelson's sequel delivers a bevy of superpowered set pieces that are dexterous and delirious, as well as tonally confident.
  12. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    May 28, 2011
    75
    This is the most mature animated feature since "Rango."
  13. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    May 27, 2011
    75
    Scenic, inventively playful, and successfully serious when it wants to be.
  14. Reviewed by: Scott Bowles
    May 26, 2011
    75
    Black is clearly suited for the role of a modern-day Inspector Clouseau, a hero clown who can't help but save the day.
  15. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    May 26, 2011
    75
    For a movie touting "inner peace," this 3-D sequel sure goes in for its share of battle scenes, but for the most part they are excitingly conceived.
  16. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    May 25, 2011
    75
    This well-executed sequel is sneaky. While it distracts us with Chinese backdrops and buffoonish humor, it sucker punches us with a message about belonging.
  17. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    May 25, 2011
    75
    Director Jennifer Yuh Nelson, who oversaw the elegant title sequences from the first film, likewise gives Kung Fu Panda 2's series of flashbacks a different look, harking back to Chinese shadow puppetry and delicate watercolors. With its mix of vibrant CG and classical elements, the movie dazzles.
  18. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    May 24, 2011
    75
    A sequel that delivers more heart than laughs, and is, if anything, more visually dazzling than the 2008 original film.
  19. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    May 27, 2011
    70
    Hardly a scene goes by that isn't visually striking or kinetically thrilling, and all of it enhanced by 3-D.
  20. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    May 27, 2011
    70
    The new Panda has a bright palette, an amiable vibe and enough vivacity to keep kids entertained and any accompanying moms from bolting for "Bridesmaids."
  21. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    May 25, 2011
    70
    Accomplishes the depressingly familiar mathematical trick of being both more and less than its predecessor.
  22. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    May 26, 2011
    67
    Kids are bound to get a kick out of these kung fu creatures.
  23. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    May 27, 2011
    63
    It wouldn't be right to say that, half an hour after Kung Fu Panda 2 ended, I was starving for laughs again. In truth, I was starving pretty much all the way through.
  24. Reviewed by: Janice Page
    May 25, 2011
    63
    It's still Black's franchise, though. And part of the problem with this sequel is how little it lets its star just riff with silly abandon, as he did throughout the original.
  25. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    May 24, 2011
    60
    For an animation studio that too often specializes in the frivolous and glib (begone, Shrek series!), the move to the dark side is refreshing.
  26. Reviewed by: Glenn Heath Jr.
    May 30, 2011
    50
    Exquisite looking but substantially hollow.
  27. 50
    There just isn't the same zingy rapport. Seth Rogen's praying mantis and Jackie Chan's monkey have no more than a dozen lines between them. Even Jack Black's Po is more subdued.
  28. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    May 25, 2011
    50
    And, yes, Kung Fu Panda 2 is a little darker and a little more intense than the first film, especially for very young viewers.
  29. Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    May 27, 2011
    42
    Kung Fu 2 does almost NOTHING to advance the story, to deepen the characters, or to charm, amuse or entertain.
  30. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    May 26, 2011
    42
    The sequel remains visually beautiful and strikingly designed, but otherwise, it's a surprise in all the wrong ways.
  31. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    May 26, 2011
    25
    A ghastly sequel to a charming animated film.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 319 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 78 out of 82
  2. Negative: 2 out of 82
  1. Oct 4, 2011
    7
    Eh...There really isn't much to say about "Kung Fu Panda 2" compared to its prequel. I mean the action and comedies are great as well as the story, but everything sorta lacks of focus and consistency. Regardless of the cons, however, its still a great summer movie to watch with your kids. Full Review »
  2. Jun 11, 2011
    10
    This is one of the few sequels that are better then the original. '' Kung Fu Panda 2 '' delivered a touching, brilliant and good story. I like the fact that it gets serious about Po's origins (without spoiling anything). There was a lot of fighting (even a little bit to violent) and the kung fu was bad-ass. The way the Furious five and our Dragon warrior fought was spectacular. I was looking forward to see if the villan (Shen) would be as much as evil and hardcore, since Tai Lung (in the first movie) was the perfect bad guy. Again, he was a bad-ass villan, even better than Tai Lung. Also, this movie delivers a great message. Not only the kids will love this movie, the adults to. It's the perfect family movie. Full Review »
  3. Nov 6, 2011
    10
    ITs definitely not the best kids movie ever made, but its somewhere up there. I mean even for an adult its quite funny to watch with kids. It's debatable if first one is better, but i say they are both good.
    quite worth the time
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