Critics Consensus

Critics Consensus: How to Train Your Dragon 2 is Certified Fresh

Plus, 22 Jump Street is also Certified Fresh.

by | June 12, 2014 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got Viking explorers (How to Train Your Dragon 2, with voice performances by Jay Baruchel and Gerard Butler) and college-bound cops (22 Jump Street, starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum). What do the critics have to say?

How to Train Your Dragon 2


When How to Train Your Dragon became a runaway critical and commercial hit, it helped to quiet the contention that DreamWorks was simply a second banana to Pixar. Happily, critics say the inevitable sequel lives up to the high standards set by its predecessor — it’s exuberant, ambitious, and visually striking. This time out, Hiccup is all grown up and hoping to prove himself to his community. He and his dragon pal Toothless inadvertently discover a new land, where a different group of people work with dragons for a different purpose. The pundits say the Certified Fresh How to Train Your Dragon 2 is headier and darker than your average kiddie fare, and the result is a sweeping, imaginative fantasy adventure. (Watch our video interview with How to Train Your Dragon 2 stars Gerard Butler and Craig Ferguson.)

22 Jump Street


21 Jump Street was a pleasant surprise, so what can we expect for an encore? How about a near-total repeat? Critics say that’s not a bad thing at all; 22 Jump Street works well enough as an action comedy, but it’s even better as a meta commentary on the action comedy formula. The plot unfolds exactly the same as before: two cops (Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum) go undercover (this time at a college) in order to foil a drug ring. Once again, they learn a bit about themselves (and each other) in the process. And once again, their boss (Ice Cube) is constantly up in their business. The pundits say the Certified Fresh 22 Jump Street has fun at the expense of cop movie cliches, but what really puts it over the top is the deft chemistry between its two leads. (Check out this week’s Total Recall, a compendium of buddy cop movies.)

Also opening this week in limited release:

  • Agnieszka Holland‘s Burning Bush, a drama about the fallout from a brave protest of the Soviet occupation of Prague in 1969, is at 100 percent.
  • Policeman, a drama about the leader of an Israeli counterterrorism unit who’s tasked with stopping a group of armed revolutionaries, is at 82 percent.
  • Witching and Bitching, a horror comedy about a desperate criminal gang that runs afoul with a coven of witches, is at 80 percent.
  • Ivory Tower, a documentary about the high cost of college tuition, is at 77 percent.
  • A Coffee in Berlin, a dramedy about an aimless man who meets a series of interesting people, is at 73 percent.
  • Violette, a biopic about celebrated French novelist Violette Leduc, is at 69 percent.
  • The Rover, starring Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce in a thriller about two men trying to survive in post-apocalyptic Australia, is at 68 percent.
  • Heli, a thriller about a family that gets caught up in the Mexican drug war, is at 56 percent.
  • I Am I, a drama about a woman who tracks down her estranged father only to discover he suffers from memory loss, is at 50 percent.
  • Hellion, starring Aaron Paul and Juliette Lewis in a drama about a troubled 13-year-old reeling from the death of his mother, is at 50 percent.
  • All Cheerleaders Die, a horror comedy about a teenager who plans revenge on the pep squad, is at 48 percent.
  • The Signal, starring Laurence Fishburne and Brenton Thwaites in a sci-fi thriller about a group of hackers who stumble upon a top secret desert facility that may house extraterrestrial life, is at 47 percent.
  • Lullaby, starring Richard Jenkins and Amy Adams in a drama about a man who reconnects with his terminally ill father, is at 38 percent.

Tag Cloud

Adult Swim french BET Awards video on demand YouTube Red Baby Yoda Dark Horse Comics rotten YouTube Premium true crime Image Comics franchise canceled Trivia dreamworks marvel comics rt labs debate streaming movies Paramount Plus Year in Review Western kong Premiere Dates richard e. Grant cartoon Holidays Podcast television nfl cinemax technology adenture Comedy blockbusters reviews Amazon Studios social media Comics on TV Awards Tour spanish language Pride Month war HBO Max WGN 99% new york BBC AMC Plus Ghostbusters all-time sports VH1 child's play Vudu jamie lee curtis sag awards halloween Rom-Com Extras HBO Go Fox Searchlight Emmys versus cancelled Fall TV japan LGBT Superheroe quibi Television Academy Reality Competition spy thriller 2015 cars Rocky Musicals 007 psycho Tomatazos TCA Awards rt archives TCA Winter 2020 The Witch superhero spanish Calendar USA Network posters Cartoon Network Sundance Now canceled TV shows Mystery crime Disney FOX Fox News Showtime TV movies VICE Biopics Trophy Talk ABC Family space Marathons Amazon BET political drama Box Office wonder woman 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards golden globe awards Marvel Studios Crunchyroll high school Red Carpet book adaptation worst christmas movies anthology dexter science fiction FX on Hulu IMDb TV YouTube nature OWN Toys Epix latino slashers MSNBC gangster emmy awards classics Mary poppins Sneak Peek game show 24 frames biography docuseries Crackle 72 Emmy Awards Martial Arts The Arrangement rt labs critics edition Amazon Prime Drama black sequels italian Hear Us Out GIFs Spike archives black comedy ESPN based on movie talk show Pop dceu Awards concert dragons toronto elevated horror foreign spider-man crime drama ratings TBS Binge Guide Logo 4/20 2021 TV Land X-Men venice young adult Sci-Fi El Rey book Amazon Prime Video TLC Fantasy harry potter streaming ViacomCBS women hollywood Elton John south america Super Bowl documentary Quiz toy story Rocketman boxing scary movies Star Trek new zealand Summer Syfy Chilling Adventures of Sabrina HBO CNN IFC Films Opinion international razzies Sundance animated batman Character Guide Discovery Channel superman movie natural history series CMT universal monsters doctor who serial killer comic book movies olympics movies Tubi genre Film Festival free movies Academy Awards live event leaderboard DC Universe facebook Bravo comic book movie screen actors guild films 71st Emmy Awards obituary TV renewals Lucasfilm blockbuster disaster Chernobyl dogs supernatural Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt know your critic Pirates Lifetime Christmas movies live action romance art house Animation DC Comics Turner E! Winter TV CBS FX twilight spinoff Holiday Wes Anderson MTV LGBTQ feel good king arthur Ovation comiccon scene in color ID action-comedy what to watch stoner critic resources nbcuniversal satire monster movies independent Instagram Live Neflix new star wars movies President kids CBS All Access composers The Academy vs. Classic Film DC streaming service SundanceTV boxoffice Action Universal 21st Century Fox PBS Horror pirates of the caribbean award winner VOD Nat Geo Paramount Network TCA Arrowverse Warner Bros. Walt Disney Pictures adaptation Exclusive Video Grammys biopic Comic Book dc RT History theme song MCU Nickelodeon See It Skip It docudrama Interview mutant Schedule Hulu scary Mary Tyler Moore Cannes anime Esquire The Purge Family Brie Larson NBC video Mudbound festival 90s dramedy A&E Pacific Islander DirecTV renewed TV shows The CW casting Rock 2020 YA telelvision Shondaland scorecard Thanksgiving binge National Geographic Disney Plus GLAAD Tokyo Olympics E3 Women's History Month fast and furious game of thrones name the review indiana jones children's TV adventure Reality Acorn TV 45 San Diego Comic-Con Captain marvel First Look discovery Pixar cats legend golden globes finale Avengers unscripted hist parents Paramount zombie criterion ghosts japanese sopranos a nightmare on elm street Election worst movies Song of Ice and Fire Winners psychological thriller Universal Pictures Hallmark First Reviews kaiju news Set visit Anna Paquin sitcom historical drama Alien screenings die hard HFPA chucky Apple comics Broadway medical drama strong female leads fresh basketball Funimation popular Food Network Stephen King Travel Channel spider-verse Certified Fresh aapi Comic-Con@Home 2021 WarnerMedia Endgame Photos jurassic park Tarantino AMC halloween tv travel SDCC cancelled TV shows crossover 73rd Emmy Awards australia Cosplay 2016 Lifetime diversity Hollywood Foreign Press Association 2017 A24 slasher green book ITV Black Mirror cops critics GoT mockumentary Watching Series lord of the rings crime thriller justice league sequel comic hidden camera Tags: Comedy laika Apple TV Plus 2018 revenge Peacock stand-up comedy APB best mob trophy TIFF Superheroes witnail TV One CW Seed PaleyFest Tumblr TCM thriller remakes FXX documentaries American Society of Cinematographers spain dark Pet Sematary ABC Signature Country USA Disney+ Disney Plus cancelled TV series Apple TV+ Sony Pictures OneApp indie cancelled television Heroines rotten movies we love suspense reboot RT21 Nominations comedies singing competition police drama rom-coms Polls and Games Music Kids & Family heist movie 79th Golden Globes Awards target Countdown Disney streaming service Disney Channel Columbia Pictures asian-american Trailer Infographic Netflix Film Spectrum Originals aliens Shudder IFC vampires deadpool Creative Arts Emmys zombies mission: impossible romantic comedy BBC America godzilla 2019 Fargo Emmy Nominations hispanic heritage month PlayStation TCA 2017 football saw ABC Christmas Britbox Star Wars Mary Poppins Returns prank period drama cooking royal family Legendary TV Starz Pop TV transformers Marvel Television tv talk king kong werewolf james bond NYCC Musical Black History Month BBC One Video Games festivals robots The Walt Disney Company Valentine's Day New York Comic Con blaxploitation 1990s Spring TV 93rd Oscars trailers Hallmark Christmas movies Teen Sundance TV TruTV teaser Best and Worst hispanic NBA comic books DGA Marvel breaking bad History BAFTA Masterpiece directors cults Turner Classic Movies TNT SXSW politics Television Critics Association The Walking Dead zero dark thirty 20th Century Fox joker marvel cinematic universe Prime Video Freeform mcc Mindy Kaling Oscars miniseries Netflix Christmas movies Comedy Central Writers Guild of America Lionsgate Ellie Kemper stop motion