• Studio: Gkids
  • Release Date: Apr 11, 2014
Metascore
49

Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 34
  2. Negative: 3 out of 34
  1. Reviewed by: Daniel Green
    Apr 18, 2014
    40
    Rio 2's Amazon adventure finds its wings clipped by more tired and unnecessary subplots than you can shake a feather at.
  2. Reviewed by: Drew McWeeny
    Apr 18, 2014
    50
    Rio 2 is a perfect example of franchise maintenance in place of storytelling.
  3. Reviewed by: Louis Black
    Apr 16, 2014
    30
    All singing, all dancing, all color: Rio 2 is a modern, studio animation blockbuster spilling all over the place, rather than arching into the sky.
  4. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Apr 11, 2014
    50
    You wish Rio 2 had the smarts and the inventiveness to match its scattered bursts of ambition.
  5. Reviewed by: Susan Wloszczyna
    Apr 11, 2014
    50
    Rio 2 has exhausted its limited amount of charm. Most regrettably, Rita Moreno appears in her first movie in eight years as Jewel’s overbearing Aunt Mimi but is barely allowed to make an impression.
  6. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Apr 10, 2014
    75
    The superiority of the musical sequences, and laziness of the writing, creates a dynamic where you find yourself wishing the characters would shut up and dance.
  7. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Apr 10, 2014
    60
    Wonderfully animated and well-voiced, Rio 2 is nevertheless too much. Too much plot, too many issues, too many characters. But not too much music.
  8. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Apr 10, 2014
    50
    A tropical tornado of cadmium and cobalt, magenta and marigold, Carlos Saldanha’s frantic follow-up to his well-received 2011 animated feature, “Rio,” ups the ante on sound and movement but pays scant attention to story.
  9. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Apr 10, 2014
    50
    The movie feels at once too busy and too derivative. That’s no easy feat, but it’s also one sequel-makers probably shouldn’t aspire to.
  10. Reviewed by: Chris Packham
    Apr 10, 2014
    30
    Rio 2 wants to be a musical, but instead of timing songs to, say, the emotional peaks of the characters, director Carlos Saldanha opts for high-intensity intervals of singing every four minutes.
  11. Reviewed by: Bill Zwecker
    Apr 10, 2014
    75
    With a splashy Brazilian-themed musical score, top-notch voice talent and sharp-witted writing, the sequel to “Rio” is one delightful animated romp. It’s as good as the first one and sure to please both the kiddies and adults with its two-tiered humor.
  12. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Apr 10, 2014
    50
    A little less agreeable and way more aggressive than its better begetter, Rio 2 has the overstuffed agenda of a movie that’s been focus-grouped to death.
  13. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Apr 10, 2014
    60
    There's just nothing magical about the story, nothing that lifts it above its status as an agreeable song-and-dance movie, a laugh here, a laugh there, pleasant but overly busy, for seemingly no real reason other than to throw a few more set pieces at the wall to see what sticks.
  14. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Apr 10, 2014
    50
    Rio 2 teems with colorful animated splendor and elaborate musical numbers, but its rambling, hectic, if good-hearted, story is for the birds.
  15. Reviewed by: Tom Russo
    Apr 10, 2014
    50
    It’s fun in stretches, but also busily forced.
  16. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Apr 10, 2014
    83
    Choosing any unwieldy subplot to trim from Rio 2 is tough, as they're each so vibrantly rendered.
  17. Reviewed by: Peter Hartlaub
    Apr 10, 2014
    50
    It's a bright and fun movie, but also repetitive and overloaded with plot. A nice enough diversion, but not a necessary one.
  18. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Apr 10, 2014
    60
    Most impressive: the striking vibrancy of the animation. This is the rare movie that earns the extra cost of 3-D glasses.
  19. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Apr 10, 2014
    50
    Rio 2 offers roughly the same approach to story and to story clutter as did the first movie.
  20. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Apr 10, 2014
    42
    You get the sense that Rio 2 wasn't thought through as much as it was quickly cobbled together as it went along, with a simple, clearheaded goal in mind: just make it good enough to warrant a "Rio 3."
  21. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Apr 10, 2014
    40
    Amid all the excess busyness, there are formulas within formulas.
  22. Reviewed by: Kevin McFarland
    Apr 9, 2014
    50
    Like the first film, Rio 2 is almost oppressively bright, bombarding the screen with flashes of saturated rainforest colors and even a bird version of soccer (timed a bit too perfectly to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil).
  23. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Apr 9, 2014
    63
    Rio 2 is not what I would call Amazon prime, but it’s got enough silly songs and daffy critters to keep the little ones happy.
  24. Reviewed by: Stephan Lee
    Apr 9, 2014
    58
    There are fun moments, especially with Kristin Chenoweth’s vampy poison dart frog. But with more evolved films like "The LEGO Movie" and "Frozen" in the animated ecosphere, overstuffed and gag-reliant time-passers like the Rio movies feel like a dying breed.
  25. 50
    If this sequel proves anything, it’s that more is not always better.
  26. Reviewed by: Jenni Miller
    Apr 9, 2014
    50
    A strange combination of mental exhaustion and boredom.
  27. Reviewed by: Eric Henderson
    Apr 8, 2014
    25
    The net effect is a shapeless would-be diversion in which things just happen independently, a string of effects missing any cause.
  28. Reviewed by: Kate Stables
    Apr 6, 2014
    60
    The predictable plot gets an enjoyably venomous boost from Jemaine Clement’s revenge-obsessed cockatoo Nigel.
  29. Reviewed by: Mike McCahill
    Apr 6, 2014
    40
    It's hard to ascribe much art or wit to a franchise that retains the services of will.i.am as comic relief – and a thoroughly inorganic talent-show subplot feels like another attempt to groom youngsters for life in the Cowell jungle.
  30. Reviewed by: Angie Errigo
    Apr 6, 2014
    60
    A very unfocused, sporadically funny film, lifted by its (predictable) visual splendour.
  31. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    Apr 3, 2014
    40
    This jumbled sequel, which was also directed by Carlos Saldanha, loses most of what made the first film such an infectious entertainment.
  32. Reviewed by: Tom Huddleston
    Apr 1, 2014
    60
    The characterisation is feisty and memorable, the song-and-dance sequences intricate and colourful, and it’ll charm the socks off little people.
  33. Reviewed by: Justin Lowe
    Mar 27, 2014
    70
    Under Saldanha's guidance, an extensive team of animators and visual effects artists elevates the 3D format to an alluring level, with character details, dense background imagery and often complex action and aerial sequences (including a requisite Busby Berkeley-inspired musical number) appearing effortlessly executed.
  34. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Mar 27, 2014
    60
    This hyperactive toon extravaganza has color, flair and energy to burn. But it’s the sort of relentless juggling act that finally proves more exhausting than exhilarating.
User Score
6.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 91 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 32
  2. Negative: 5 out of 32
  1. Apr 11, 2014
    8
    Rio 2 brings newly improved crispy and fleshy visuals than the original. It's story is great which deals family matters and relationship, the music is funky and lively, the voice casts is well-talented but the only thing that doesn't work out much is the hit-or-miss gags. Overall, it still enjoyable to watch at. Full Review »
  2. Apr 11, 2014
    7
    Apart from the star-studded voices and detailed animation, it is the musical numbers that are the icing on the cake in Rio 2. Especially, the absurdly re-jiggered version of Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive”, sung by the poisonous pink frog Gabi. Rendered by Kristin Chenowet, it’s definitely worth a mention. Though the film is visually appealing and picturesque, the highlight of Rio 2 is the beautifully choreographed soccer game in which Blu finds himself at the receiving end. Coming from director Carlos Saldanha, who had previously delivered Ice Age, Rio 2 would definitely appeal to kids and adults alike. Full Review »
  3. Jul 16, 2014
    8
    The first movie was a silent hit. One of the best animations on that year. Usually successful movies make comeback in sequels and I expected the 'Rio 2', but was not sure. 'Ice Age' series were the massive hit from the Blue Sky Studios. Other movies did not look like coming back in sequels. So 'Rio' gave them a chance to go on with a sequel. After this movie's success, now you can count on the 3rd as well. If it doesn't come then it will be a disappointment.

    Nowadays the animation industry is not targeting only the children, but adults as well. So the contents, including the story must benefit all age groups. This movie series were excellent, good story with messages in it. Especially this second movie talks about wildlife conservation like the movie 'Happy Feet'. Showing to the kids would be an educational. What a cute way to learn something valuable.

    Blu and Jewel with three kids enjoying the life. Jewel is an ideal mother who wants her kids to learn everything that birds can do naturally. But Blu who was once a human companion is not made for those. This is the issue wanted to be solved after all they are the last of their kind on the planet. One day they get a news that the explorer sighted a whole flock of blue macaw on the Amazon wilderness. Blu and Jewel decides to go and find them and let their kids to connect with their roots. So this adventure is our great entertainment. Lots of fun and even more than that. Just like in the 'Madagascar' movie, who discovers where they originally belong to.

    ‘‘Birds of blue feathers...
    Have to stick together.’’

    The songs were really good and my favorite track is 'let's come together (beautiful creatures)'. Beautiful jungle beats, it is the latest addition to my free time listening list. There was nothing special in digital 3D, but definitely not bad. I saw the first movie in the regular version, but I enjoyed watching this in 3D. The story was not great, but humors were. The human characters were avoided until it gets into a crucial stage. The expansion of characters was exceptional. The original sidekicks from the first movie set aside to make their own fun which partially detached from mainstream story. The newer ones opened another dimension of the family and friend related drama, with happiness found and the jealousy kind of stuffs. Overall, a good animation, hard to leave behind unseen and not to suggest others. So if you like animations then don't listen to anybody, just go for it.

    7.5/10
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