Conclusion: If you liked 2011's The Smurfs , you might be able to enjoy The Smurfs 2 , for it is similar in content and not significantly worse. But if your patience for this kind of crass, super commercial family comedy is growing thin, it's probably best to stay away.
Conclusion: 'The Smurfs 2' isn't as fun as the original. It isn't even that good, but it has some decent moments. Most of all, this sequel will play to an audience under five. However, the video and audio presentations are some of the best I've ever seen. The extras are short, but somewhat fun. I'd love to highly recommend this, but in the end, I'd say rent this before you decide to purchase.
Conclusion: The Smurfs 2 takes the first film and embiggens it, resulting in improvements in spots but just more of the same in others. The resulting film still suffers from the same issues with imbalance though that hurt the first movie. However, the presentation remains remarkably high in quality, even if the extras, while sometimes good, aren't as impressive this time.
Conclusion: The Smurfs 2 may be a cute, cuddly movie, but it lacks the novelty, charm, and flow of it predecessor. The film exceeds its boundaries, attempting to put together a slightly deeper experience than is required. The result is a movie that's occasionally too slow, too absent the whimsy and sheer fun factor of the original. Hank Azaria is again the best reason to watch, and he's only improved on his comically deviant villain Gargamel.
Excerpt: Though the titular blue critters always endorsed social responsibility and kindness toward others, the Smurfs cartoon series preceded the push for overtly educational children's entertainment in the mid 1990s. Any messages delivered by the show were secondary to its playfulness and base humor. This is partly what made the program a classic originally, or at least a nostalgic touchstone, but Raja Gosnell, director of The Smurfs 2 and its predecessor, clearly disagrees.
Excerpt: The biggest problem with bad movies being successful is that when it comes time to make a sequel, there is no incentive to make something better. If people are willing to settle for lowest-common denominator material, there isn’t much sense in putting in extra effort the second time around. Like many terrible family films before it, this is the origin story of director Raja Gosnell’s The Smurfs 2 and, surprise, surprise, it fully lives up to its rock bottom expectations.
Excerpt: In 2011, The Smurfs brought Peyo’s comic-strip-turned-’80s-animated-series into the 21st century. By cribbing from Enchanted , Toy Story 2 , and other, better movies, Smurfs racked up global box-office numbers that demanded not only a sequel, but—before the second even entered production—also a third film.