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The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    43

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Anne Hathaway's charms barely rescue this exercise in lame comedy and romance.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Scott Brown

    The film's generic feminism pales beside its bloated sense of privilege, only underlined by a nonstop cabaret of sideshow acts.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal

    As reassuring and soothing as a nursery story.

  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    We all love a good fairy tale, but the enchantment is missing in this predictable sequel.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Robert K. Elder

    Ends strong, in an ultimately smoother, smarter sequel.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 6+

A fun romp for girls of all ages.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this modern-day fairy tale sequel preserves the lighthearted fish-out-of-water comedy of the original Princess Diaries. Princess Mia is still delightfully overwhelmed by her unexpected ascent to the throne, but now, more grown up, she has to tackle some important matters such as marriage, true love, and her responsibility to the kingdom of Genovia. There are several scenes with romantic kisses, including a couple of the foot-popping variety. 

  • Families can talk about how this sequel compares with The Princess Diaries. Do you like it as well? Less? More?
  • Familes also might want to discuss how difficult it is to change centuries-old traditions, especially in royal families. Have you seen video footage of any royal weddings, like the 2011 wedding of England's Prince William and Kate Middleton?
  • What do you think Mia might do in the months that follow the movie's end?

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true0

    Educational value: Meant to entertain rather than inform. Sets traditional fairy tale in current times and updates the culture of a monarchy to include modern female awareness and participation.

  • message true2

    Messages: Examines following the rules vs. following your heart and finds that with thoughtful action and honesty, both are possible. Proves that love is not only for the young; mature adults are entitled to romance and happiness, as well. Mia and her grandmother discuss arranged marriages as a means to secure the throne, and there are revelations about both loveless marriages and marriage-less loves. 

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: Princess Mia resorts to dishonesty before she has sorted out her responsibilities. She learns from her mistakes and is brave, honest, intelligent, and kind. She's also able to laugh at her own clumsiness and accept her imperfections. Genovia’s population is ethnically diverse. Some members of the white-wigged parliament are deliberately buffoonish. 

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence and scariness: In one sequence, the princess briefly explores a dark, hidden passageway accompanied by spooky music. Her clumsiness leads to several tumbles, including one into a shallow pool. Other mild action scenes: guards fall on stairs; a horse is frightened and rears; and a character angrily stomps on another’s foot. The villain is noisy but essentially harmless. 

  • sex false1

    Sexy stuff: Romantic kisses in several scenes. 

  • language false0

    Language: Not an issue

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Mont Blanc, Discovery Channel, Lacoste, Panera Bread, Piaggio, IBM, Premier Drums.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: One champagne toast to celebrate.

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