Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 29
  2. Negative: 3 out of 29
  1. 90
    Hits every color note just right. It's a visual antidepressant.
  2. 90
    A wonderful thing to snuggle into, as full of heart and pep and innocence as the title character himself.
  3. Does a masterful job of combining digital imagery and voice performance to create totally believable animal characters.
  4. 80
    Returning director Rob Minkoff (The Lion King) and screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin (Ghost) have done a fine job of updating White's dry wit to a new age, led in no small measure by Lane, who could probably make the IRS code book sound funny.
  5. Like many modern children's films, Stuart Little 2 can't decide between teaching good values ("You're only as big as you feel") and tossing out fake-hip jokes. Though it doesn't happen as often as it should, this is a better film when it allows itself simply to be sweet.
  6. What sets the "Stuart Little" franchise above most of the competition is its emphasis on sharply drawn character and its profusion of witty remarks (mostly from the mouth of Snowbell) that are cutting enough to amuse grown-ups without sailing over children's heads.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    80
    Slight but lively sequel. Aimed squarely at moppets with piddling attention spans.
  8. It's a pleasant experience. But that's what it is: a sequel that replays every aspect of the original movie.
  9. It's easy enough to forget there are special effects involved, so convincing is Stu's rippling fur and big beamy eyes filling up with tears.
  10. 75
    Of the voices, Griffith makes Margalo lovable and as sexy as a little yellow bird can be, and Lane does a virtuoso job with Snowbell, the only cat with dialogue by Damon Runyon. Fox's Stuart is stalwart and heroic--the Braveheart of mice. As for the parents, Davis and Laurie deserve some kind of award for keeping straight faces.
  11. Reviewed by: Chris Jones
    75
    A warm, witty, consistently funny family movie with a sweet message about loving yourself, be you a mouse or whatever.
  12. May hit a few wrong notes, but it strikes an emotional chord.
  13. 75
    May be the best family movie of the 2002 summer film-going season. There's a simple reason for this - the picture seems to have been put together with the recognition that some members of the audience may be above the age of ten.
  14. Very much a kiddie ride, Stuart Little 2 is lively without being hyperactive -- it's a bouncy mouse caper with a wee bit of soul.
  15. Reviewed by: Ed Park
    70
    The summer's most romantic interspecies love story.
  16. It's hard to imagine spending $120 million on a film starring a computer-generated mouse -- an actor who barely demands a byte to eat -- but if that's how much it takes to provide innocent enchantment for the global hordes, so be it. This sequel beats the original paws down.
  17. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    70
    The film is fairly formulaic, though some of its puns and wisecracks are hilarious, especially those delivered by the Littles' lazy and cynical Persian cat (Nathan Lane).
  18. Wholesome, warm and energetic -- if predictable.
  19. Reviewed by: Christine Dolen
    63
    Neither man nor mouse nor any other critter has a prayer of holding his/her/its own once the real star of the sequel shows up: Snowbell, the worrywart feline voiced by Nathan Lane.
  20. The moral of this softhearted tale is that family values can rehabilitate and tenderize even the toughest of birds. But you'll forgive me if I liked it less when Stuart smoothed Margalo's feathers than when Snowbell's fundamental cattiness made the fur fly.
  21. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    63
    The plot is predictable and the dialogue often sticky sweet, but at least kids will identify with Stuart's desire for adventure and exploration.
  22. Nearly scrapes the bottom of the cracker barrel in search of suspense, now that the humans accept the polite mouse as one of their own.
  23. Reviewed by: Jennie Punter
    50
    Vacillating between sappy and snappy, Stuart Little 2 is featherweight family fare, perfectly timed for viewers with short attention spans.
  24. 50
    Stuart and Margolo are genuine marvels of computer generated special effects, each feather, whisker and strand of fur beautifully rendered. But they're bland and rather boring characters, dumbed down for kids.
  25. 50
    Basically more of the same, and depending on who you are, that's either an encouraging statement or a warning.
  26. 40
    Never becomes more than a just-acceptable kiddie time-filler.
  27. 38
    A lot more stupid action - and a lot less heart - than the character-driven original, as Stuart ends up rescuing Margalo from Falcon.
  28. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    38
    Sure, go ahead and take the kids. But, for pity's sake, read them the book first.
  29. Manages to pretty much ignore all the strengths of the earlier film while exacerbating all its faults.
User Score
5.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Aug 15, 2014
    5
    Nowhere as original as the first one, this sequel will be loved by fans of little Stuart. Amazing visuals and a solid plot, that is somehow related to the first one, in terms of symbols used. Full Review »
  2. Apr 23, 2014
    5
    Stuart Little 2 is more of a formulaic, derivative sequel that is missing the amount of heart and charm the first one had. Nevertheless, it's good to see Stuart back in action. Full Review »