Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is a worthy sequel to the 2020 hit, but fails to reach the heights of major video game adaptations. At least that’s according to Sonic 2 reviews, which are mixed as the movie hit theaters in select regions yesterday.
Right now, Sonic 2’s critical consensus is just shy of matching its predecessor. It sits at 62% on Rotten Tomatoes (one percent lower than the first) and 44% on IMDb. Individual reviews range from positive to entirely negative, with critics split on whether the blue blur’s second outing sticks to the landing and is worth all the hype we’ve seen in recent weeks.
“A massive improvement over the first film, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is let down by a few poor choices but makes up for it with its heartfelt depictions of friendship,” reads Joey Rambles’ review for Cultured Vultures.
Digital Spy’s Ian Sandwell agrees, writing, “Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is a more confident film than its predecessor, delivering the same mix of frenetic family fun and nostalgic beats for longtime fans.”
However, Sonic 2 also receives its fair share of negative reviews. “Sonic’s second outing is little more than a half-baked distraction device,” says John Nugent of Empire Magazine.
Jim Carrey’s fan-favorite performance wasn’t even enough to save it for The Independent. “There are no jokes in there. It’s just things you recognize,” writes Clarisse Loughrey. “The film also doesn’t know what to do with Carrey. It tries to turn bits of exposition into jokes by growling and overly enunciating every line.”
The Daily Telegraph’s Robbie Collin puts it simply: “High-speed antics have never been so slow.”
TheGamer’s Jade King was definitely more amused than the other reviewers, giving the film 4/5 stars in her review. Describing him as “bigger and better in every way”, Jade praises the performances of Ben Schwartz and Jim Carrey, as well as the addition of Tails to the team. She admits it might sound stereotypical, but not enough to reduce the experience too drastically.
Sonic the Hedgehog is now out in theaters across Europe. It opens in the United States on April 8.
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