How to Train Your Dragon 2
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DreamWorks Animation returns to the world of dragons and Vikings in this sequel to their successful 2010 outing How to Train Your Dragon. The original film followed the exploits of a Viking chief's son, who must capture a dragon in order to mark his passage into manhood and prove his worthiness to the tribe. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"The entire film is a romance -- visually, parentally, ecologically. It's got the emotional, humorous, exciting sweep you want from a summer movie."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"Continues a very compelling mythology I hope carries in to the third film."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"A command of genre creativity blended with human insight."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"With writer-director Dean DeBlois back at the helm, the sequel feels like a solid continuation of the first movie."
‑ Lori Hoffman, Atlantic City Weekly
"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."
‑ Bruce Diones, New Yorker
"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."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"It's as beautifully animated as its predecessor, but its mixed message is troubling: It begins by endorsing nonviolence, as Hiccup insists that friendship can be a more powerful motivator than force, but ends by bludgeoning the bad guys into submission."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"How to Train Your Dragon 2 isn't just a great sequel, a great animated spectacle, or a great example of successful franchise-expansion/world-building. How to Train Your Dragon 2 is flat-out great film, period"
‑ Scott Mendelson, Forbes
"Here and there, it's as if the mythology of Tolkien has been filtered through the imagery of Miyazaki."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"Overlong and overly busy but more emotionally powerful than its predecessor."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"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."
‑ Bob Mondello, NPR
"With multi Oscar-nominated British cinematographer Roger Deakins (Skyfall) advising, DreamWorks' visual work is stunning, but the story feels fragmented by the mixture of strange accents and additional sub-plots."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Mail
"It's a rare sequel - animated or otherwise - that expands the story of its predecessor without rehashing it, and an even rarer family-oriented film that manages to be fun and mature without being condescending to its audience. [It] does both."
‑ Gary Dowell, Dark Horizons
"Bigger and even richer than the terrific 2010 hit animation, this sequel is also quite possibly the best action-adventure movie of the year."
‑ Rich Cline,
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