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Stuart Little 2 Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

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

  • 4.0
    66

    out of 100

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

  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The plot is predictable and the dialogue often sticky sweet, but at least kids will identify with Stuart's desire for adventure and exploration.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    It's hard to imagine spending $120 million on a film starring a computer-generated mouse -- an actor who barely demands a byte to eat -- but if that's how much it takes to provide innocent enchantment for the global hordes, so be it. This sequel beats the original paws down.

  • 75

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    May be the best family movie of the 2002 summer film-going season. There's a simple reason for this - the picture seems to have been put together with the recognition that some members of the audience may be above the age of ten.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Of the voices, Griffith makes Margalo lovable and as sexy as a little yellow bird can be, and Lane does a virtuoso job with Snowbell, the only cat with dialogue by Damon Runyon. Fox's Stuart is stalwart and heroic--the Braveheart of mice. As for the parents, Davis and Laurie deserve some kind of award for keeping straight faces.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Very much a kiddie ride, Stuart Little 2 is lively without being hyperactive -- it's a bouncy mouse caper with a wee bit of soul.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune

    A warm, witty, consistently funny family movie with a sweet message about loving yourself, be you a mouse or whatever.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 6+

A sweet family movie with excellent voice talent.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this family comedy is a combination of computer animation and live action. The fact that some of the animated creatures seem very real (particularly a predatory falcon) heightens the intensity and may frighten the youngest kids. Stuart Little, the mouse hero of the movie, his bird friend Margalo, and Snowball the cat are often in jeopardy (multiple falls, chases, captures, threats), though no one is seriously injured except the villain whose evil behavior results in a very violent, yet still cartoonish, demise. There are a few instances of mild potty language ("poop," "tinky"). A film clip from Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo contains the only romantic scene, with a long, passionate kiss.

  • Families can talk about if it's OK to lie to keep a promise, especially if the promise is particularly dangerous.
  • What do you think it would be like to be a small animal in the big city?

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true1

    Educational value: Meant primarily to entertain and rich with positive messages, the film also includes wonderful visuals of New York City with its landmarks, its beauty, and its diversity.  

  • message true4

    Messages: Filled with life lessons: "You can look at any situation -- no matter how bleak -- and still see a silver lining"; "Life is an adventure"; and "You’re as big as you feel." The film also delivers relevant, in-depth messages about lying, about breaking promises, and the conflicts that often accompany both.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: With parents that are generous, honorable, loving, steadfast, and trusting, Stuart has developed strong values. He has an open heart, a resilient spirit, and a contagious enthusiasm for life. Other than an evil falcon, each character who makes a mistake learns a valuable lesson and is forgiven. George has an African-American best friend. Two stereotypes appear briefly: an Indian cab driver and the owner of a Chinese restaurant. 

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence and scariness: Filled with pratfalls, heart-racing cartoon suspense and comic violence. Incidents include: a wild runaway toy plane with Stuart at the wheel; Stuart precariously lowered into a dark sink drain; Snowball the Cat thrown into a dumpster and later falling from a rooftop. The predatory falcon causes no end of mayhem: chasing the smaller, more vulnerable animals, grabbing them with his sharp talons, swooping and threatening the female bird in numerous scenes. He meets a ghastly end, smashing through glass, careening into a plane and falling to what must be certain death.  

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: A film clip from Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo shows a man and woman sharing a lengthy passionate kiss. 

  • language false0

    Language: Very mild potty language in a few scenes: "poop," "tinky." 

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: Handi-Wipes (in dialogue), Bell Atlantic, Mobil Oil, Purdy Painting Tools. 

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue

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