Reviews: How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

how_to_train_your_dragon_2Reviews for this film from our members:

  • José Arce @ [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Fantástica secuela de la ya de por sí fantástica película de 2010, que sube el nivel técnico y refleja maravillosamente la relación emocional entre humanos y animales. Genial diversión para toda la familia.
  • Steve Biodrowski @ Cinefantastique Online
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @
    • Excerpt: An impressive sequel that leaves us cheering for the noble ideal of animals and humans living together in peace and harmony.
  • Samuel Castro @ [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Cómo entrenar a tu dragón 2 continúa con la tradicíón de su primera parte levando a las películas animadas por terrenos inexplorados y fascinantes, sin perder espectáculo.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Writer/director Dean DeBlois’s second of a planned trilogy based on Cressida Cowell’s children’s books has a daring, shocking climax and its underlying theme could be read as championing the maligned pit bull breed
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 may not win points for originality. But it will have you soaring out of the theater.
  • Jim Dixon @
    • Excerpt: This is a sequel that does what sequels do far too seldom: it takes its characters further, develops them in new and interesting ways and isn’t afraid to take an entirely different tone. Writer/director Dean DeBlois, who co-directed and co-directed the first installment, has crafted a sequel that joins a small number of movie sequels that are at least arguably better than their predecessors.
  • Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: This is far removed from the innocent simplicity of its predecessor; How to Train Your Dragon 2 sees this series growing up—quickly and for the better.
  • Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’ is the stellar, high-flying sequel that finds Hiccup a young man trying to find his place in an ever-expanding world that reveals new threats and wonders.
  • Susan Granger @
    • Excerpt: Flying high among this summer’s blockbusters – it’s enchanting!
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ [Ukrainian]
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Above all is the friendship between Hiccup and Toothless. They develop an understanding to which most live action films can only aspire.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @
    • Excerpt: An absolute delight, even better than the first film; a gorgeously animated ode to peacemaking, nonconformity, and sticking to your principles in the face of ultimate adversity.
  • Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: 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.
  • Oktay Ege Kozak @ Oregon Herald
    • Excerpt: How to Train Your Dragon 2 creates a fresh new story that takes some unpredictable turns while organically expanding the mythology of its universe. It’s not only better than the first installment in the franchise, which is an impressive feat all by itself, but also elevates the material from mere family entertainment to a more expansive fantasy epic.
  • Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
    • Excerpt: After four years, DreamWorks has finally produced a sequel to the studio’s broadly appealing achievement, How to Train Your Dragon. Hiccup has grown up, as has his audience, but has DreamWorks?
  • Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’ is a big movie – even epic. Where most animated movies these days are mousy and small, this one has a giant canvas with a visual sweep that reminds you of The Lion King and Finding Nemo. It’s a fun movie to behold.
  • Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: While ‘Dragon 2’ is a rather different critter from ‘Dragon 1’–bigger, more sprawling and preachier–it has no less heart and humor, and is a rousing adventure besides.
  • [New – 2/26/15] | Sarah Ward @ Concrete Playground
  • Andrew Wyatt @ Look/Listen (St. Louis Magazine)
    • Excerpt: Even though its landscapes and narrative scope are more sweeping than those of Dragon 1, the sequel ultimately feels smaller and more intimate… yet still gratifying in its way.

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