Metacritic Movie Ratings
How to Train Your Dragon 2 Reviews

4.0

77

out of 100

Metascore®
Generally favorable reviews
Based on a weighted average of all critic review scores.

A sample of reviews from critics across the country.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-TimesBill Zwecker

    Not only does this second movie match the charm, wit, animation skill and intelligent storytelling of the original, I think it even exceeds it.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Wall Street JournalJoe Morgenstern

    Gleeful and smart, funny and serious, this sequel surpasses the endearing original with gorgeous animation — a dragon Eden, a dragon scourge, an infinitude of dragons — and one stirring human encounter after another.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    VarietyPeter Debruge

    If necessity is the mother of invention, then DreamWorks’ desire to extend the Dragon franchise has propelled the creative team in the most admirable of directions, resulting in what just may be the mother of all animated sequels.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago TribuneMichael Phillips

    Looks, feels and flows like a real movie. It's better than the last few Pixar features, among other things, and from where I sit that includes "Toy Story 3."

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    While the original movie benefited from narrative simplicity and an admirable lack of villains, this one paints the screen with too many characters and frequent diversions from the main story, but nevertheless serves up a bountiful and sugary feast for the 3-D-bespectacled eyes.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Village VoiceStephanie Zacharek

    The plot is needlessly busy, and much of the action is more manic and indistinct. But How to Train Your Dragon 2 cuts deeper than the first picture — it will be particularly resonant for anyone who has ever worked with or adopted rescue animals — and there are a few sequences of cartoon grandeur.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood ReporterLeslie Felperin

    Clearly, these films are the work of people who love animals. More importantly though, going beyond the pat eco-conscious message that every kids’ film has to have, HTTYD2 touches on how complex the emotional bond between a person and an animal can be.

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