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How to Train Your Dragon 2
Starring: Jay Baruchel (Hiccup), Gerard Butler (Stoick), America Ferrera (Astrid), Jonah Hill (Snotlout), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Fishlegs)

Rated: PG
Length: 1hr 45min
Total Score :

Travis Hopson, Examiner.com (Mon, Jun. 16)

A visual stunner with aerial sequences that will take your breath away, and many of the dogfights (dragonfights?) have that Star Wars sizzle.

Mathew DeKinder, Suburban Journals of St. Louis (Sun, Jun. 15)

A great sequel feels fresh and familiar all at the same time, which is why 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' is a great sequel.

Dave White, Movies.com (Sun, Jun. 15)

Waging peace can be every bit as heroic and satisfying as waging war.

Dan Lybarger, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Sun, Jun. 15)

DeBlois thankfully remembers everything the two of them did right in the previous film.

Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger (Sat, Jun. 14)

If 'How to Train Your Dragon' was a raging inferno of emotion, the sequel is more like a warm, cozy campfire.

Chris Sawin, Examiner.com (Sat, Jun. 14)

With its stunning visuals, majestic score, compelling perspectives, its massive yet impressive sense of scope, and its breathtaking camera angles, How to Train Your Dragon 2 is undeniably phenomenal and the undisputed animated film of the summer.

David Medsker, Bullz-Eye.com (Sat, Jun. 14)

It's entertaining and gorgeous, but disjointed, veering between wildly emotional scenes on both ends of the spectrum without much thought for how they should flow together.

Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing (Sat, Jun. 14)

The film isn't afraid to occasionally saunter over to the dark side. How dark? Let's just say there's a late-breaking development here that will result in some moviegoers tagging it as this film's Vader-flavored "I am your father" moment.

Linda Cook, Quad City Times (Davenport, IA) (Fri, Jun. 13)

Every bit as endearing as the original, if not even more stirring, 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' is full of humor, loss, adventure and romance. In other words, it has the same themes, lovable characters and beautiful look that made the original a hit.

Michael Smith, Tulsa World (Fri, Jun. 13)

How refreshing it is to find a summer sequel that's not simply louder or wackier than its predecessor, but rather feels like an extension of its first film and all of its best qualities.

James Berardinelli, ReelViews (Fri, Jun. 13)

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.

Annlee Ellingson, L.A. Biz (Fri, Jun. 13)

As serious as Dragon 2 gets with some sad scenes of betrayal and death, returning writer-director Dean DeBlois infuses a sense of joyfulness throughout.

Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media (Fri, Jun. 13)

Epic, thrilling 3-D adventure sequel is outstanding.

Jeanne Kaplan, Kaplan vs. Kaplan (Fri, Jun. 13)

I loved the first "How to Train Your Dragon". But this movie is mired in lengthy oratories which come off as preachy and full of righteous indignation.

David Kaplan, Kaplan vs. Kaplan (Fri, Jun. 13)

It's a joy to behold.

Mike Pearson, Toledo Blade (Fri, Jun. 13)

In the bigger is better world of Hollywood sequels, How to Train Your Dragon 2 comes up short. It lacks the novelty of the original and tries too hard to be "about" something more than fun.

Ben Kendrick, ScreenRant (Fri, Jun. 13)

A bigger, and arguably better, sequel experience that features more dragons, larger scale action set pieces, as well as a poignant message on the challenges of growing up.

Katherine Monk, Canada.com (Fri, Jun. 13)

An inspired and inspiring piece of escapism, this one will get the kids cheering on their feet and the grown-ups blubbering in their seats.

Dale Roe, Austin American-Statesman (Fri, Jun. 13)

The visuals are often astounding. Believe me, I take no joy in recommending a 3-D viewing, but I can only see it adding to this experience.

James Rocchi, About.com (Fri, Jun. 13)

How to Train Your Dragon 2 will be tough for your kids to watch, and some of it will require explaining and discussion -- which alone makes it mean and matter more than the majority of designed-to-be-forgotten animated films in theaters these days.

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