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  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    It's thrilling, a soaring blend of 3D animation and spectacular storytelling that swerves daringly to honor the healing chaos of family, human and dragon. show more

  • 75
    Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle

    It is by far the sharpest-looking DreamWorks Animation film to date. show more

  • 100
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Gleeful and smart, funny and serious, this sequel surpasses the endearing original with gorgeous animation — a dragon Eden, a dragon scourge, an infinitude of dragons — and one stirring human encounter after another. show more

  • 88
    Tirdad Derakhshani Philadelphia Inquirer

    One of this year's true surprises, the superior animated sequel not only is infused with the same independent spirit and off-kilter aesthetic that enriched the original, it also deepens the first film's major themes. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Younger kids looking for the cute connection between hesitant teen Hiccup and his loyal dragon, Toothless, may be stunned by the film’s violent tone. At the same time, it’s the unflinching edge that gives the film its unexpected depth. show more

  • 70
    Leslie Felperin The Hollywood Reporter

    Clearly, these films are the work of people who love animals. More importantly though, going beyond the pat eco-conscious message that every kids’ film has to have, HTTYD2 touches on how complex the emotional bond between a person and an animal can be. show more

  • 50
    Jordan Hoffman Film.com

    What's unfortunate is that Toothless is starring in a toothless story. show more

  • 60
    Inkoo Kang The Wrap

    If there isn't enough to feel, at least there's a lot to look at. Thanks to the superb 3-D direction by DeBlois, we swoop through the air, whoosh down dragons’ tails, and juuust baaaarely squeeze into small crevices, but still, those experiences are only like being on a really great rollercoaster — they don't mean anything. show more

  • 85
    Bob Mondello NPR

    Director Dean DeBlois has been saying this installment is the middle movie in a How to Train Your Dragon trilogy. It's clear that he 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. show more

  • 100
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    It’s not about the world catching up to understand poor, lonesome Hiccup. It’s about Hiccup catching up to the expectations of the world on his own. show more

  • June 28, 2014 Cynthia Ayala
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    The long awaited sequel to How to Train Your Dragon brings back the amazing characters and the fun heartwarming charm that made the first movie such a success. More here: https://cynsworkshop.wordpress.com/2014/06/28/fun-heartwarming-for-all-ages-review-of-how-to-train-your-dragon-2/

  • June 19, 2014 ateam6
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    Visually stunning, but a dark and troubling story line that does not provide a happy ending. The array of dragons is mind blowing, however, their evil manipulation by the script and "Toothless" forced betrayal becomes not only confusing for little tikes, but unnecessary to create the good v. evil dichotomy. From the story standpoint, Dragon 2 pales in comparison to the first high flying fun filled introduction to Hiccup's bonding with Toothless.

  • June 14, 2014 Phil Davidson
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    Fantastic! As good as the first!

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