Metascore
34

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 30
  2. Negative: 13 out of 30
  1. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Jul 28, 2013
    70
    The genially goofy shenanigans, incredibly corny punchlines and Hank Azaria’s go-for-broke performance as the incompetent wizard Gargamel are very much the same ― an entirely welcome thing in a summer movie season full of so much apocalyptic Sturm und Drang.
  2. Reviewed by: Mike McCahill
    Aug 2, 2013
    60
    The interplay between animated and live-action elements remains a selling point: Hank Azaria again gives exemplary pantomime as Gargamel.
  3. Reviewed by: Derek Adams
    Jul 30, 2013
    60
    What isn’t so charming is Azaria’s irritatingly over-egged impersonation of the Child Catcher in ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ – that and the headache-inducing 3D.
  4. Reviewed by: Steve Davis
    Jul 31, 2013
    50
    Does the world need another movie about a bunch of miniature, blue-skinned humanoids with bulbous noses and perky bobtails; gnomelike creatures who wear floppy caps, live in mushrooms, and use the word “smurf” in every other sentence? Someone apparently thinks so.
  5. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Jul 31, 2013
    50
    The trouble with this stunted sequel is that the doughy, blobby-hatted Smurfs are mostly window dressing for an abrasive slapstick bash built around a tiresome kidnap plot, pancake-flat gags about Facebook and ''Smurf-holm Syndrome,'' and Neil Patrick Harris mugging his way through the role of a daddy with daddy issues who once again helps out our heroes.
  6. Reviewed by: Bruce Ingram
    Jul 30, 2013
    50
    The Smurfs 2 probably isn’t any worse than you might expect. On the other hand, it’s almost certainly not any better. It’s just a matter of figuring out how much punishment you’re willing to endure for the sake of the small child you’re taking to the movies.
  7. Reviewed by: Sean O’Connell
    Jul 30, 2013
    50
    Almost everything about Smurfs 2 signifies an improvement over the original.
  8. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Jul 30, 2013
    50
    Just as with the 2011 film "The Smurfs," the new The Smurfs 2 is a passable mediocrity.
  9. Reviewed by: Loren King
    Jul 30, 2013
    50
    That the mushroom-dwelling blue creatures still manage to be endearing even in their second big-screen extravaganza (in 3-D, no less) is about the best that can be said of The Smurfs 2.
  10. Reviewed by: Justin Lowe
    Jul 29, 2013
    50
    Beyond a few chuckle-worthy one-liners and some amusing visual comedy, there’s not much to engage adults, although the wee ones should be distracted enough.
  11. Reviewed by: Tim Robey
    Aug 3, 2013
    40
    It’s just a big blue blur – too anodyne to elicit more than heavy sighs, too full of Smurfs not to recommend solely to the under-eights.
  12. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Aug 1, 2013
    40
    It would be too much to say that there’s a good movie somewhere inside Smurfs 2 looking to get out. But it wouldn’t be too much to say that sometimes, the movie we do have tries harder than we might expect.
  13. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Jul 31, 2013
    40
    Unlike that earlier live action/animation hybrid, however, which had a cheery, almost campy New York fashion-industry setting, The Smurfs 2 is mostly loud and unfunny.
  14. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Jul 30, 2013
    40
    A new, not very engaging movie featuring a lot of blue skin and household-name voices.
  15. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Jul 30, 2013
    40
    There are a few laughs here and there, along with a couple of jokes for grown-ups uncomfortably squeezed in. But this is a movie made for two groups: small children and people who have fond memories of the TV show.
  16. Reviewed by: Matt Patches
    Jul 30, 2013
    40
    Patient Adult Smurfs will be checking their watches as Excitable Child Smurfs lose themselves in the high jinks.
  17. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Jul 29, 2013
    40
    It's the kind of cinematic cotton candy that youngsters will gobble up. Even more importantly, it's relatively quick, painless stuff when compared to so many other pint-sized entertainments out there.
  18. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Jul 31, 2013
    38
    This insipid, and sometimes awkward, blend of animation, computer generation and live action wastes a ton of talent and lacks a true sense of whimsy.
  19. 38
    Filled with Smurf wholesomeness, Smurf puns and posi-Smurf messages about never giving up “on family,” The Smurfs 2 still sucks Smurfberries.
  20. Reviewed by: Laremy Legel
    Jul 31, 2013
    35
    The Smurfs 2 is not so much of a film as it is a collection of images and sounds that bludgeon you.
  21. Reviewed by: Kevin McFarland
    Jul 30, 2013
    33
    The film undermines its rudimentary plot points at every turn with base humor.
  22. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Jul 31, 2013
    25
    In the ’80s, I hated Ronald Reagan, Bob Dylan and the Smurfs. It’s comforting to know I got one thing right.
  23. Reviewed by: Phil Brown
    Jul 31, 2013
    25
    Only adults with 'Smurf-holm syndrome' could love this film.
  24. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Jul 30, 2013
    25
    The Smurfs 2 doesn't even pretend to be anything more but the most base, sugar-coated family entertainment, the kind of things that parents won't even be able to comprehend, much less enjoy.
  25. Reviewed by: Chris Cabin
    Jul 29, 2013
    25
    Raja Gosnell's particular zeal to modernize the Smurfs only develops this would-be family comedy into a shamelessly manipulative smurftastrophe.
  26. Reviewed by: Neil Smith
    Aug 2, 2013
    20
    It’s the same sappy drivel as before.
  27. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Jul 30, 2013
    20
    Its tolerant messages remain buried beneath lame pop-culture references, hectic slapstick, fart jokes, and endless Smurf-puns that—Azaria's funny, over-the-top cartoon villainy aside—make one pine for the Smurfpocalypse.
  28. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    Jul 30, 2013
    20
    The problem with Smurfs 2 isn’t the message, it’s the way the film repeats it so baldly and emphatically that even the youngest kids can get it. Also, the way it surrounds that message with groin-smashing and farting.
  29. Reviewed by: Simon Abrams
    Aug 2, 2013
    12
    Despairingly bland.
  30. Reviewed by: Peter Hartlaub
    Jul 31, 2013
    0
    There's so much torture and suffering in this movie, it starts to feel like "Zero Dark Smurfy."
User Score
3.4

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 94 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 24
  2. Negative: 17 out of 24
  1. Jul 31, 2013
    10
    This movie is meant for kids and people who love the smurfs tv show not for any adult and it does very well to please this category. The firstThis movie is meant for kids and people who love the smurfs tv show not for any adult and it does very well to please this category. The first movie wasn't great but this is head and shoulders better. Full Review »
  2. Jul 31, 2013
    0
    I never expect Avatar-like or Pixar like CGI from any movie, but these are terrible for a live action animated film! I can put this into theI never expect Avatar-like or Pixar like CGI from any movie, but these are terrible for a live action animated film! I can put this into the category of bad FX (where i put Jack the giant slayer as well!) Story wise, this is just a passable movie that single-digit-aged viewers can enjoy!(but forcefully) Shameless product placement,Strained plot contrivances, toothless humor are filled in this overstuffed plot! Just the same as the first one!(or even worse) Easily the worst animated film of the year, as everyone expected! Full Review »
  3. Aug 16, 2013
    2
    I enjoyed The Smurfs for what it was, seeing childhood characters on the big screen, interacting with humans, in a live action 3D animatedI enjoyed The Smurfs for what it was, seeing childhood characters on the big screen, interacting with humans, in a live action 3D animated film, it was funny and entertaining. But The Smurfs 2 recalls everything The Smurfs delivered to us, added with some new story and slapstick humor, it wasn't funny enough and wasn't that much entertaining, in fact, it was boring, recommended for only under 8, for them it will be the event of the year. Full Review »