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How to Train Your Dragon 2 Reviews

July 11, 2014
The characters in this movie are charmers. They've got me so well-trained, I'm even looking forward to HTTYD3.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 10, 2014
The filmmakers borrow freely from Avatar, Sword In The Stone and even Brave but they bring enough vigour and imagination to their storytelling to get away with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 10, 2014
This swooping and soaring sequel boasts big thrills, innovative set-pieces and a surprisingly radical political outlook.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 8, 2014
Hats off to Dreamworks for offering some bold surprises in a respectable sequel filled with moments of humour and emotion among its ample noise and movement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 26, 2014
An efficient and entertaining franchise sequel, but it restates how conventionally Americanised this property has become in comparison with the literary original ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 23, 2014
The writer and director Dean DeBlois takes the comedy to a deeper, more satisfying place than he did in the original franchise-launching animated film.
June 20, 2014
Overlong and overly busy but more emotionally powerful than its predecessor.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 19, 2014
The most distinctive thing about the series is its strictly rational handling of fantasy themes. The dragons themselves can be fearsome or adorable - but since they don't speak, they're treated for the most part as pieces of hardware or beasts of burden.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
June 17, 2014
The entire film is a romance -- visually, parentally, ecologically. It's got the emotional, humorous, exciting sweep you want from a summer movie.
June 13, 2014
Although there are times when bits of the movie feel extraneous, the production as a whole comes across more like an organic extension of the original tale than something tacked on purely to score at the box office.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
June 13, 2014
It's clear that [director Dean DeBlois] took inspiration from the first Star Wars trilogy - not a bad model for breathing new life, and yes, a bit of fire, into one of Hollywood's more nuanced animated franchises.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
June 13, 2014
How to Train Your Dragon 2 is soaring, emotionally swooping, utterly satisfying fun.
June 13, 2014
Not only does this second movie match the charm, wit, animation skill and intelligent storytelling of the original, I think it even exceeds it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 13, 2014
Despite its expanded, ambitious battle sequences, Dragon 2 is at its best when it quiets down and dares to be intimate.
June 13, 2014
One of the most beautiful animated films ever made.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 13, 2014
More than just teaching kids what to think about the world they're coming into, it's a rare film that encourages them to think for themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 13, 2014
This was not a sequel that anybody needed, outside of the accountants. And there's another already planned.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 13, 2014
One of this year's true surprises, the superior animated sequel not only is infused with the same independent spirit and off-kilter aesthetic that enriched the original, it also deepens the first film's major themes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 12, 2014
It's a rip-roaring ride.
June 12, 2014
Nothing in this likable sequel flies quite so high as those aerial shots.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 12, 2014
Young and old fans of the first movie will be lining up for the wit, for the inventiveness of the characters, for the breathtaking visuals - and just the sheer fun of it all.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 12, 2014
While a lot of recent animated movies stuff the screen with bright colors, frantic action, and constant wisecracks, How to Train Your Dragon 2, like its prequel, has managed to focus on something more important - a sense of awe.
June 12, 2014
This may be the first and last time anyone says this, but if "How to Train Your Dragon 2" is this good, why stop at 3 and 4?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 12, 2014
Most sequels get made for commercial reasons, whether or not the world needs them. "How to Train Your Dragon 2" is a movie the world needs.
June 12, 2014
Nearly as exuberant as the original, How to Train Your Dragon 2 nimbly avoids sequel-itis.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 12, 2014
Taking its cues as much from Star Wars and Game of Thrones as from its own storybook narrative, How to Train Your Dragon 2 breathes fire into a franchise sequel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 12, 2014
A solid sequel sets its goals and meets them, but a movie as elating as How to Train Your Dragon 2 soars beyond conventional objectives and upends audience expectations.
Full Review | Original Score: A
June 12, 2014
Its thundering air-war sequences, with hordes of dragon-riding fighters swarming into battle, have the swooping, gliding kineticism of vintage newsreels of World War II dogfights.
June 12, 2014
For once, we have an animated sequel free of the committee-job vibe so common at every animation house, no matter the track record.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 12, 2014
Gruesome? A little. Scary? You bet. But that's exactly what makes the "Dragon" films so different, and so much better, than the average children's fare.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 12, 2014
DeBlois, who also wrote the script, successfully juggles the multiple story lines, shifting allegiances and uncharted lands.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 12, 2014
Dragon 2, like The Empire Strikes Back, takes sequels to a new level of imagination and innovation. It truly is a high-flying, depth-charging wonder to behold.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 12, 2014
'Bigger' pretty much describes this sequel to the 2010 sleeper hit - as opposed to, say, 'different.'
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
June 12, 2014
For audiences who want a sweet story, they can't beat the first film of a boy finding his best friend. For those who are ready for the next stage, try this one about a boy becoming a man.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 12, 2014
It's the unflinching edge that gives the film its unexpected depth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 12, 2014
The unusual second chapter that hits new heights in almost every way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
June 12, 2014
There aren't just more dragons, but more characters, more plot, more everything. The trade-off is that the charm of the original gets a little lost, a casualty of rapid-franchise expansion.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
June 12, 2014
Offers some stunningly beautiful sequences and an engaging, if at times quite dark, story line.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 11, 2014
The flight path needs straightening, but this is still a franchise that knows how to fly.
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 11, 2014
"How to Train Your Dragon 2" doesn't play it safe, and that's why it's the rare sequel that doesn't feel somewhat stale.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 11, 2014
It seemed as if there was nowhere new to go after the first film, but this is a richer story that dares to go darker and is thus more rewarding.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 10, 2014
DeBlois keeps the story moving efficiently enough, and despite the fact that the film has too many structural arms and legs wiggle-wagging in all the wrong places, there are some finely tuned dramatic moments ...
May 17, 2014
When the film flies, it soars.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 16, 2014
Going beyond the pat eco-conscious message that every kids' film has to have, HTTYD2 touches on how complex the emotional bond between a person and an animal can be.
May 16, 2014
This DreamWorks Animation sequel advances the story without sacrificing the integrity that defined its most atypical toon.