• 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: 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Tom Russo
    Apr 10, 2014
    50
    It’s fun in stretches, but also busily forced.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Reviewed by: Angie Errigo
    Apr 6, 2014
    60
    A very unfocused, sporadically funny film, lifted by its (predictable) visual splendour.
  8. 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.
  9. Reviewed by: Jenni Miller
    Apr 9, 2014
    50
    A strange combination of mental exhaustion and boredom.
  10. Reviewed by: Drew McWeeny
    Apr 18, 2014
    50
    Rio 2 is a perfect example of franchise maintenance in place of storytelling.
  11. 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.
  12. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Apr 9, 2014
    50
    If this sequel proves anything, it’s that more is not always better.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  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: 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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).
  21. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Apr 10, 2014
    40
    Amid all the excess busyness, there are formulas within formulas.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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."
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. Reviewed by: Kate Stables
    Apr 6, 2014
    60
    The predictable plot gets an enjoyably venomous boost from Jemaine Clement’s revenge-obsessed cockatoo Nigel.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
User Score
6.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 29 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  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. Apr 17, 2014
    7
    I was in the mood for a totally immersive sound score splashing, fun to follow plot of a grandiose 3D experience I had with RIO "1" but......... I nodded off during some middle sequences and bot even bored with some of the sub plots that were just too contrived to let me into them. I am a 74 yr old, 55 to look at, man who use to be in Hollywood 2D flat animation and have been totally blown away with the ever growing 3D industries expertise in the newer animation techniques, with still, 20/20 unaltered vision and the total range of hearing possible so I speak with a full theater patrons knowledge of what it is like to sit in a plush seat in front of a giant silver screen! I wouldn't ask for my money back but when this comes out for me to purchase the BluRay, I will know where I want to edit out the junk like hip hop scorings and lots of bad plots, which, will leave about 20 minutes and about 3 minutes of boring end credits. Full Review »