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Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed Review

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

  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 25

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    A little soon for any movie this millennium to reunite overacting Matthew Lillard, underacting Freddie Prinze Jr., feigning mousy Linda Cardellini and the more obviously lip-glossy Sarah Michelle Gellar.

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  • 30

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    By the time they're done with all the tinkering, "Scooby-Doo" ends up bearing as much a resemblance to Hanna-Barbera as the recent "Cat in the Hat" did to Dr. Seuss.

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  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Scott Brown

    There's nothing overtly better or worse about this sequel. But the ''kids'' look to be pushing 30 now -- an awkward age for theme-park performers.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    What I felt as I watched Scooby-Doo 2 was not the intense dislike I had for the first film, but a kind of benign indifference.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 7+

Milder than the 1st, but not Scooby-snack worthy.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the characters are in frequent peril that is intended to be comic, but may be overwhelming for some children. No one is hurt, but the ghosts and monsters are ghoulish looking and some kids may find them more scary than silly. A kick in the crotch is intended as humorous. The movie has some crude potty humor and some mild language ("butt," "screwed up"). There is a particularly annoying product placement for Burger King.

  • Families can talk about what it means to use a comment "out of context." What did Heather do to make Fred's statements seem as though they meant something other than what he intended? Why was it hard for Velma to believe that Patrick liked her? What do you think of Daphne's comment that "The object of a healthy relationship is to never let them know you have flaws?" Why did Shaggy think he was not helping his friends? What did he learn? Why was it so easy for Heather to change so many people's minds about the Mystery Inc. folks? What helps you decide what you think about people in the news?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: An abundance of potty humor. No diversity in the cast, but there are some strong female characters.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence and scariness: Comic peril that may be too intense for younger viewers. The ghosts and monsters are ghoulish looking and some kids may find them more scary than silly.

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: Not an issue

  • language false0

    Language: Mild schoolyard language ("screwed up").

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Product placement for Burger King.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue