How to Train Your Dragon 2
How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: November 11, 2014
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Exciting, emotionally resonant, and beautifully animated, How to Train Your Dragon 2 builds on its predecessor's successes just the way a sequel should.

Dave Calhoun
Time Out

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.

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Wesley Morris
Grantland

The entire film is a romance -- visually, parentally, ecologically. It's got the emotional, humorous, exciting sweep you want from a summer movie.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Continues a very compelling mythology I hope carries in to the third film.

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Bruce Diones
New Yorker

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.

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews

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.

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Overlong and overly busy but more emotionally powerful than its predecessor.

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Bob Mondello
NPR

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.

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Graham Young
Birmingham Mail

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.

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Michael S
"How to Train Your Dragon 2" is so impressive because it not only expands upon and bests it's predecessor on a visual level, but on a thematic… More
Phil Hubbs
Straight away I'm gonna say that I like this franchise, the whole idea surrounding Nordic fables of Vikings set within a fantasy realm with a vast array of… More
Carlos Magalhães
It chooses the easy way in some aspects (like Hiccup and his father not feeling any resentment towards the woman who abandoned them) but makes up for it with… More
Everett Johnson
So, I saw this in the theater back in June, but I've been very behind on my movie reviews. This to me, wasn't as good as the first movie. The… More
Sanjaya 丘耀文
After the first movie hit a huge success (too bad they should compete with the flawless 'Toy Story 3' in that year), Dreamworks finally did it right… More

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