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Rio 2 Review Critics


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  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 50

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Rio 2 teems with colorful animated splendor and elaborate musical numbers, but its rambling, hectic, if good-hearted, story is for the birds.

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  • 50

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    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    Rio 2 offers roughly the same approach to story and to story clutter as did the first movie.

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  • 58

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    Entertainment Weekly Stephan Lee

    There are fun moments, especially with Kristin Chenoweth’s vampy poison dart frog. But with more evolved films like "The LEGO Movie" and "Frozen" in the animated ecosphere, overstuffed and gag-reliant time-passers like the Rio movies feel like a dying breed.

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  • 60

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    Variety Justin Chang

    This hyperactive toon extravaganza has color, flair and energy to burn. But it’s the sort of relentless juggling act that finally proves more exhausting than exhilarating.

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  • 70

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    The Hollywood Reporter Justin Lowe

    Under Saldanha's guidance, an extensive team of animators and visual effects artists elevates the 3D format to an alluring level, with character details, dense background imagery and often complex action and aerial sequences (including a requisite Busby Berkeley-inspired musical number) appearing effortlessly executed.

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  • 75

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    Chicago Sun-Times Bill Zwecker

    With a splashy Brazilian-themed musical score, top-notch voice talent and sharp-witted writing, the sequel to “Rio” is one delightful animated romp. It’s as good as the first one and sure to please both the kiddies and adults with its two-tiered humor.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 6+

Catchy music and just a few predators in fun sequel.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Rio 2, the sequel to 2011's hit animated adventure Rio, is another colorful, musical tribute to the natural beauty of Brazil, this time in the Amazon. Although the human threats are less scary here than in the original movie, there are now potentially frightening scenes of wild Amazon predators (jaguars, crocodiles, etc.) swallowing their prey. It's portrayed comically, but it may still upset some kids. Nigel, the vain villain from the original, is back, now with a poisonous frog sidekick who's more than willing to do his bidding. Still, despite the predator-prey scenes, this is a lively musical adventure that's perfect for families who enjoyed the first Rio.

  • Families can talk about the way Blu's family is presented in Rio 2. What about Blu seems similar to how dads are often depicted in movies and on TV? Do Jewel or the kids fit into any stereotypes -- or challenge them?
  • What makes animal adventures so appealing? Why do filmmakers -- and families -- gravitate toward movies that have animals as their main characters?
  • What did you learn about Brazil, especially the geography and culture? Does the movie make you want to listen to Brazilian music or to learn more about Brazil, wild birds, the Amazon, or any other wild animals?

The good stuff
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    Educational value: Young viewers will learn environmental lessons about the importance of wild birds, keeping the rainforest safe from logging companies that destroy natural habitats, and information about various parts of Brazil shown in an entertaining musical sequence.

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    Messages: Plenty of positive messages, both environmental and personal. The story teaches kids the importance of the Amazon and keeping wildlife habitats safe from destruction and stresses the necessity of a close family and a home where you can be yourself. The movie also encourages viewers not to judge others by superficial differences, because characters who seem dangerous might not be and might actually be a friend or ally.

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    Role models: Blu and Jewel are wonderful parents who teach their children different sets of skills -- both an appreciation for the domestic world and their wild habitat. The kids are all smart, active, and curious juvenile birds. Linda and Tulio have the birds' and the Amazon's preservation in mind. Eduardo and Roberto are brave leaders who want to keep their blue macaw community safe. Gabi's obsession with Nigel (to the point that she's willing to help him poison and kill if she has to) is funny but also borderline disturbing.

What to watch for
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    Violence and scariness: Nigel has a one-track plan to poison and kill Blu. His beloved poisonous frog companion is always willing to donate her poison for the cause. The blue and red macaws threaten one another and engage in a winner takes all "turf war" that turns out to just be an aggressive game of soccer. In an extended scene, loggers fight the birds with cranes and other construction vehicles, while the birds peck and descend on them. The loggers also tie up Linda and Tulio and leave them to the elements. Lots of physical comedy and a sequence in which animals keep getting eaten/killed (albeit comically) by predators in the Amazon (but later those same animals are shown miraculously fine). The bad guys are creepy looking and mean.

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    Sexy stuff: Blu and Jewel are married, as are Linda and Tulio. They're affectionate and kiss a couple of times. Jewel's childhood sweetheart Roberto is called "sexy" and "hot" and preens around her, making Blu jealous by singing, dancing, and saying things like "If anything happens to you, I'll take care of your family." Gabi the poisonous frog sings a slightly creepy love song about wishing she could be with her love, Nigel.

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    Language: Insults like "idiot" and "stupid."

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Rio has merchandise tie-ins to video games, apparel, and stuffed toys. One of the macaw kids listens to music on her iPod.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Adults are shown with champagne glasses.