(2013)

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70
The genially goofy shenanigans, incredibly corny punchlines and Hank Azaria's go-for-broke performance as the incompetent wizard Gargamel are very much the same ? an entirely welcome thing in a summer movie season full of so much apocalyptic Sturm und Drang.
60
What isn't so charming is Azaria's irritatingly over-egged impersonation of the Child Catcher in 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' - that and the headache-inducing 3D.
50
Beyond a few chuckle-worthy one-liners and some amusing visual comedy, there's not much to engage adults, although the wee ones should be distracted enough.
50
That the mushroom-dwelling blue creatures still manage to be endearing even in their second big-screen extravaganza (in 3-D, no less) is about the best that can be said of The Smurfs 2.
50
The Smurfs 2 probably isn't any worse than you might expect. On the other hand, it's almost certainly not any better. It's just a matter of figuring out how much punishment you're willing to endure for the sake of the small child you're taking to the movies.
40
It's the kind of cinematic cotton candy that youngsters will gobble up. Even more importantly, it's relatively quick, painless stuff when compared to so many other pint-sized entertainments out there.
40
Patient Adult Smurfs will be checking their watches as Excitable Child Smurfs lose themselves in the high jinks.
40
There are a few laughs here and there, along with a couple of jokes for grown-ups uncomfortably squeezed in. But this is a movie made for two groups: small children and people who have fond memories of the TV show.
40
Unlike that earlier live action/animation hybrid, however, which had a cheery, almost campy New York fashion-industry setting, The Smurfs 2 is mostly loud and unfunny.
38
Filled with Smurf wholesomeness, Smurf puns and posi-Smurf messages about never giving up “on family,” The Smurfs 2 still sucks Smurfberries.
38
This insipid, and sometimes awkward, blend of animation, computer generation and live action wastes a ton of talent and lacks a true sense of whimsy.
35
The Smurfs 2 is not so much of a film as it is a collection of images and sounds that bludgeon you.
25
Raja Gosnell's particular zeal to modernize the Smurfs only develops this would-be family comedy into a shamelessly manipulative smurftastrophe.
25
The Smurfs 2 doesn't even pretend to be anything more but the most base, sugar-coated family entertainment, the kind of things that parents won't even be able to comprehend, much less enjoy.
25
In the '80s, I hated Ronald Reagan, Bob Dylan and the Smurfs. It's comforting to know I got one thing right.
25
Only adults with 'Smurf-holm syndrome' could love this film.
20
The problem with Smurfs 2 isn't the message, it's the way the film repeats it so baldly and emphatically that even the youngest kids can get it. Also, the way it surrounds that message with groin-smashing and farting.
0
There's so much torture and suffering in this movie, it starts to feel like "Zero Dark Smurfy."

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