Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. 100
    High School Musical 2 is very good. It's more than listenable. The music is surprisingly catchy, smartly penned and not annoying.
  2. 80
    The makers of High School Musical 2 wanted to avoid repeating themselves. They have succeeded. They have delivered a sequel that is both zanier and more dramatic than the original.
  3. Reviewed by: Scott L. Powers
    HSM2 is better than the original, and not only because its production budget is reportedly triple the first cable movie. The songs are bolder.... The acting by the returning well-scrubbed cast is better.
  4. High School Musical 2 s zippier, bouncier, prettier, more soulful and even more musical than its predecessor, and that's saying something.
  5. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    High School Musical 2's audience already knows how this movie ends. But they'll watch and re-watch because it has such an unembarrassed good time getting there.
  6. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    By the time the sing-along version of High School Musical 2 airs Sunday (8/19, 8/7c), two nights after the first screening, many kids already will have memorized the lyrics--and probably many of the dance moves. It's going to be that addictive.
  7. Reviewed by: Laura Fries
    Proving that lightning can and does strike twice, High School Musical 2 actually surpasses the first movie in sheer energy and verve.
  8. Reviewed by: Jennifer Frey
    The movie is as good as the first one, with even better dancing and a story line that engages.
  9. So it's not the most original plot. So what? Kids are going to freak over it, and watch it again and again and again.... Tisdale is once again great as Sharpay--her performance of Fabulous is the best thing in the movie--and Lucas Grabeel gets his chance to shine as her long-suffering brother Ryan.
  10. For those who loved the original - and for those who liked it for its good nature, charm and peppy production numbers (that includes me)--the good news is that, if anything, the creators have managed to improve on the basic formula.
  11. High School Musical 2 is an inevitable, unstoppable juggernaut--so be grateful it's as good as it is.
  12. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    The story isn't quite as fresh, nor the message as warming, but there are wall-to-wall zippy pop numbers to keep your little girls squealing happily.
  13. 75
    Obviously bigger and in most ways better than the wildly popular original, High School Musical 2 is as certain a bet to find and please its target audience as you're likely to find.
  14. 75
    High School Musical 2 is pretty much a total tuneful blast.
  15. If you liked the first one, you'll like this one just fine. The kids are just as photogenic and the songs are just as hummable. It won't launch any more careers, but it's a good family film for a warm Friday night.
  16. 70
    Compared to the original, it's slicker, brighter, more obviously produced, and a smidgen less fun.
  17. Even with its eye-rolling plot and its McMusic, High School Musical 2, like the original, does well by doing good.
  18. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Disney's HSM2 delivers precisely what's required. And America is all ears.
  19. What they'll see is a film that feels bigger, if not necessarily better, than the original.
  20. Reviewed by: Gretchen McKay
    None of the songs really stand out the way they did in the original. Kenny Ortega's lively choreography, however, is once again top-notch.
  21. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    To some extent, the sequel could never live up to "HS1" because the first film was such a surprise. There are more than a few high notes in the sequel, but there are also some flat notes as well.
  22. When they're genuinely goofy, they make you grin--but too much of it feels forced.
  23. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    The movie is mediocre, and should be skipped.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 107 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 55
  2. Negative: 20 out of 55
  1. Aug 13, 2014
    With some pretty music and dance, much improved on the first film, "High School Musical" returns with an even more pathetic story to tell. Young adults try to find their adulthood in some pitiful effort to fall in love. A brainless film for when you just want to look at something stupid. Full Review »
  2. Mar 15, 2014
    the fact that another high school musical sequel is still gay like the first one but the there resorted place it is okay but still sucks ................. Full Review »
  3. Sep 2, 2013
    De casualidad alguien se dio cuenta de que parece una parodia de GREASE. Esta película es tan mala que me dan pesar con las personas que gastan su tiempo y dinero en este fiasco de película. Full Review »