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Kung Fu Panda 2 Review Critics


Dave White Profile

Po still packs a punch. Read full review


Grae Drake Profile

I want to kiss Dreamworks on the mouth. Read full review

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

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 70

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    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Hardly a scene goes by that isn't visually striking or kinetically thrilling, and all of it enhanced by 3-D.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Scott Bowles

    Black is clearly suited for the role of a modern-day Inspector Clouseau, a hero clown who can't help but save the day.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    At times, Kung Fu Panda 2 suggests "Bambi" redone as an episode of Oprah. Yet it's a more-than-worthy sequel.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The animation is elegant, the story is much more involving than in the original, and there's boundless energy.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    It all moves along briskly, with a degree of visual grace and a solid feel for 3D.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 6+

Panda hero saves the day in surprisingly deep family film.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this sequel to 2008's hit animated film about an unlikely martial arts hero returns to China, where Po (again voiced by Jack Black) and the rest of his kung fu clan must defeat a new villain who's armed with gunpowder and cannons. The movie's surprisingly poignant, sometimes serious story addresses the conflict between tradition and modernization, as well as Po's discovery of a long-hidden tragedy and his journey to accept an unusual upbringing. Not surprisingly, there's plenty of action -- including explosions, swordfights, and lots of kung fu fisticuffs. Scenes involving parent-child separation could also be upsetting for kids. Unlike the first film, this one is offered in 3-D, which can make some of the sequences feel more intense.

  • Families can talk about family. What do you think about Po's relationship with his dad? Do you think a blood link is the most important factor in defining family?
  • What does Po learn in this movie? How does that compare to what he learned in the first one?
  • Do you think the film paints an unrealistic picture of ancient traditions? Is it possible to stand in the way of progress?

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true2

    Educational value: Offers positive lessons about friendship and teamwork.

  • message true4

    Messages: The main message is that family is important, but it's not always defined by blood: The people who love and nurture you are also part of your family. The film also focuses on the need to let go of ancient slights that can only drag you down and instead seek to achieve inner peace.

  • rolemodels true4

    Role models: Po is a great example of someone who must learn to accept -- and resolve -- complicated personal relationships. At first he refuses to acknowledge some hard truths, but eventually he's able to attain inner peace, and the results are powerful.

What to watch for
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    Violence and scariness: Plenty of hand-to-hand combat. The fight scenes are fast and furious, but hardly anybody seems to get injured. An important theme here is modernization, as the martial arts warriors must face off against an opponent who's armed with gunpowder and cannons. Scenes involving a baby Po being separated from his parent (and the parent's implied death) may upset some kids.

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: Not applicable

  • language false0

    Language: Not applicable

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: No product placement within the film, but expect plenty of merchandise tie-ins.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not applicable