(2014)

Critic Reviews

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Metascore

Based on 34 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
75
With a splashy Brazilian-themed musical score, top-notch voice talent and sharp-witted writing, the sequel to “Rio” is one delightful animated romp. It's as good as the first one and sure to please both the kiddies and adults with its two-tiered humor.
75
The superiority of the musical sequences, and laziness of the writing, creates a dynamic where you find yourself wishing the characters would shut up and dance.
70
Under Saldanha's guidance, an extensive team of animators and visual effects artists elevates the 3D format to an alluring level, with character details, dense background imagery and often complex action and aerial sequences (including a requisite Busby Berkeley-inspired musical number) appearing effortlessly executed.
63
Rio 2 is not what I would call Amazon prime, but it's got enough silly songs and daffy critters to keep the little ones happy.
60
The characterisation is feisty and memorable, the song-and-dance sequences intricate and colourful, and it'll charm the socks off little people.
60
This hyperactive toon extravaganza has color, flair and energy to burn. But it's the sort of relentless juggling act that finally proves more exhausting than exhilarating.
60
Total Film
The predictable plot gets an enjoyably venomous boost from Jemaine Clement's revenge-obsessed cockatoo Nigel.
60
A very unfocused, sporadically funny film, lifted by its (predictable) visual splendour.
60
Most impressive: the striking vibrancy of the animation. This is the rare movie that earns the extra cost of 3-D glasses.
50
A strange combination of mental exhaustion and boredom.
50
If this sequel proves anything, it's that more is not always better.
50
Rio 2 teems with colorful animated splendor and elaborate musical numbers, but its rambling, hectic, if good-hearted, story is for the birds.
50
Rio 2 offers roughly the same approach to story and to story clutter as did the first movie.
50
It's a bright and fun movie, but also repetitive and overloaded with plot. A nice enough diversion, but not a necessary one.
50
It's fun in stretches, but also busily forced.
40
This jumbled sequel, which was also directed by Carlos Saldanha, loses most of what made the first film such an infectious entertainment.
40
It's hard to ascribe much art or wit to a franchise that retains the services of will.i.am as comic relief - and a thoroughly inorganic talent-show subplot feels like another attempt to groom youngsters for life in the Cowell jungle.
25
The net effect is a shapeless would-be diversion in which things just happen independently, a string of effects missing any cause.

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