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Kung Fu Panda 2

action & adventure, anime & animation, children & family, comedy


Jack Black as an unlikely "chosen one", who is trained by the "furious five" martial arts masters (Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu and Ian McShane) to become the Kung Fu Panda.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    81%
  • Audience Score
    74%

common sense

ON for kids age 6
Consumerism
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Educational value
2 out of 5
Language
0 out of 5
Positive messages
4 out of 5
Positive role models
4 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
0 out of 5
Violence & scariness
3 out of 5

Panda hero saves the day in surprisingly deep family film.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this sequel to 2008's hit animated film about an unlikely martial arts hero returns to China, where Po (again voiced by Jack Black) and the rest of his kung fu clan must defeat a new villain who's armed with gunpowder and cannons. The movie's surprisingly poignant, sometimes serious story addresses the conflict between tradition and modernization, as well as Po's discovery of a long-hidden tragedy and his journey to accept an unusual upbringing. Not surprisingly, there's plenty of action -- including explosions, swordfights, and lots of kung fu fisticuffs. Scenes involving parent-child separation could also be upsetting for kids. Unlike the first film, this one is offered in 3-D, which can make some of the sequences feel more intense.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about family. What do you think about Po's relationship with his dad? Do you think a blood link is the most important factor in defining family?
  • What does Po learn in this movie? How does that compare to what he learned in the first one?
  • Do you think the film paints an unrealistic picture of ancient traditions? Is it possible to stand in the way of progress?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    81%
    reviews counted: 21
    see all Kung Fu Panda 2 reviews
  • Audience

    74%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: The freshness and novelty that made the original film such a kick back in 2008 has been, well, kicked to bits.

- Christy Lemire, Associated Press, Thursday, May 26, 2011

Fresh: Jack Black once again shows his excellence as a voice actor.

- James Berardinelli, ReelViews, Saturday, May 28, 2011

Fresh: Hardly a scene goes by that isn't visually striking or kinetically thrilling, and all of it enhanced by 3-D.

- Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal, Friday, May 27, 2011

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Kung Fu Panda 2 is a solid animation blockbuster. Jack Black brings more energy and flavor to the sequel. Although the story may lack the ambiance the first installment had, it is bounded together by its countless humor (even going sentimental) and improved animation. 4/5

- fb1442511448, Tuesday, January 1, 2013

3 stars

Kung Fu Panda 2, it's a visual delight with very good action scenes, moving and sometimes have a lack of humor, but still a entertaining motion picture.

- fb100002359227440, Thursday, July 19, 2012

4 stars

I loved Kung Fu Panda 2. It's one of the few sequels i've seen that have beaten the orginal. It has even more action then the first film, it's funnier, the animation is so much better and I really loved it's darker story and look and even if it was dark I was amazed how it could still be looking visually amazing. The storyline is really good for a follow up and the ending leaves open a consideration for a third film that I am confident in thinking will be just as good if not better.

- aquateen2, Saturday, February 25, 2012