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.
Summary: '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.
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.
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.
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...
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.