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80
The Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs franchise takes its comic cues from The Muppets and Pee Wee's Playhouse, kids' shows that ripen as their audience matures.
80
Cloudy 2 is loud, weird and chaotic - just as kids like it.
80
Picks up where the first film left off, literally, and offers at least as many laughs (if not more for adults), retaining the goofy attitude. Cameron and Pearn throw a lot at the wall, just like their predecessors, and most of it sticks.
75
Unlike so many sequels, this fun-filled 3D adventure is sure to entertain younger kids but also charm the adults who will be accompanying them to the multiplexes.
75
It's a tasty buffet of food gags, both visual and verbal. When they say "We're toast," they really mean it.
71
The sequel quadruples the recipe, with gags on top of gags on top of gags in a way only animation could achieve. Like a foodie “Jurassic Park” conjured up by Tex Avery, “Cloudy 2? is a sight to behold ... as long as your brain hasn't turned to mush by the halfway point.
70
What Erica Rivinoja, John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein's script lacks in lingering nutritional value, it compensates for with amusing food puns. If nothing else, the pic's zany tone and manic pace are good for a quick-hit sugar high.
70
It might not possess the robust charm of its 2009 predecessor, but Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 nevertheless gets an amusing boost from a genetically modified, marauding menagerie of Tacodiles, Watermelophants, Sasquashes and assorted other "Foodimals" that have overtaken the once-tranquil island of Swallow Falls.
70
The film retains much of what worked about the first film, and it brings a similarly smart, patient, visually striking approach to the gags.
63
"Cloudy 2" is undeniably dense with ideas, images, and characters but slight on anything of thematic interest at all.
63
If you rely on films to keep your kids entertained and distracted for an hour and a half, Meatballs is a masterwork, a visual stunner that manages to break from animation's current 3-D rut.
60
It aims to entertain, to offer a few tame chuckles for parents and children to enjoy in a purely Saturday-morning way. And it accomplishes that.
50
What a pity, then, that almost no imagination has been expended on the narrative.
50
This sequel strenuously works to form a total inversion of the first movie's relationship with food.
50
It's another brightly rendered effort, but, as the title indicates, a lot of the real creativity seems to have been used up the first time around.
50
A humorous yet unfocused romp, so unwilling to settle on a single theme that hyperactivity medication should be handed out with the 3-D glasses.
50
Unfortunately, the film promises more fun and laughs than it delivers, and this meal tastes like too many that have gone before it.
40
For both kids and adults, CWCM2 is little more than a vague memory as soon as it's over.

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