Excerpt: Smurfs 2 obviously suffers from the lowest common denominator approach inevitably taken on such a “strike while the iron’s hot” sequel. It just didn’t even realize that the iron had already cooled off.
Excerpt: The “Sesame Street”-like lessons may be a bit heavy-handed, but “The Smurfs 2” still delivers some well-executed slapstick, and the special effects are as dazzling as the first movie’s. Children should find this fast-paced comedy/fantasy engaging, and parents will for the most part find it painless.
Excerpt: The Smurfs 2 is what happens when the sugar crystals turn gooey and the candy turns into a gelatinous mass. It’s gross, unappealing, and only vaguely resembles the bright and tasty treat you loved as a kid.