The Paramount Sonic the Hedgehog movie sequel hits US theaters on Friday, April 8 and reviews for the movie are now out. To give you an idea of whether the film is worth your time and money, we’re collecting review scores and excerpts, which you can see below.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is the sequel to 2020’s Sonic the Hedgehog, one of the highest-grossing video game films of all time. Ben Schwartz returns as the voice of Sonic, and Jim Carrey also returns to play the evil Dr. to play robotnik. James Marsden and Tika Sumpter also reprise their roles. Regarding the new cast members, Idris will voice Elba Knuckles while Colleen O’shaughnessey will voice Tails.
Oscar-nominated director of the original Sonic, Jeff Fowler, returns for the sequel. GameSpot’s Sonic the Hedgehog 2 review gave the film a 7/10 rating. Reviewer Phil Hornshaw said, “What works about Sonic the Hedgehog 2 really works, and it’s easy to forgive its flaws because it’s just so much fun.”
Paramount is very excited about the Sonic series and is already announcing a third film and TV series as part of its plans for a Sonic the Hedgehog cinematic universe. Carrey has said he might retire from acting after Sonic the Hedgehog 2, and if he does, Paramount won’t be recasting Robotnik.
Already available in many international markets, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 has made a lot of money so far. The film is expected to gross approximately $50 million as of its US opening weekend.
You can see a selection of review results and excerpts below, and a more critical consensus here at GameSpot’s sister site, Metacritic.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
- Directed by Jeff Fowler
- Written by: Pat Casey, Josh Miller, John Whittington
- Cast: Ben Schwartz, Jim Carrey, Tika Sumpter, James Marsden, Idris Elba, Colleen O’shaughnessey
Game Spot – 7/10
“Sonic the Hedgehog 2 could easily have gotten bogged down in its game references and spacey worldbuilding, but avoids those pitfalls because Fowler and the cast know what’s fun about the idea. Likeable characters, fast-paced action, and plenty of solid gags keep Sonic the Hedgehog 2 moving at pace, even if that pace is a bit slower and shakier this time. What works about Sonic the Hedgehog 2 really works, and it’s easy to forgive its flaws because it’s just so much fun. — Phil Hornshaw [Full review]
Empire — 2/5
“Sonic’s second appearance is little more than a half-baked distraction at halftime – although Jim Carrey’s outrageously dedicated performance almost saves the day.” — John Nugent [Full review]
CNET – No score
CNET is GameSpot’s sister site
“Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is the confident sequel to the original I was hoping for, with a sharper script and jokes that will make you giggle. Maintaining the family-friendly tone of the original, it delves into the classic games to create a cinematic universe for Sega’s beloved icon — the ’90s sense of adventure lives on.” — Sean Keane [Full review]
The Hollywood Reporter – No score
Packed with frantic action and framed by Sonic’s witty commentary, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 will appeal to family audiences looking for holiday distraction while breaking new ground by fleshing out the franchise’s sprawling universe with intersecting characters and storylines. “– JustinLowe [Full review]
Variety — No score
“Sonic 2 ends similarly to the first, with hints that this blue hedgehog will make his way through more adventures. Stay through the credits to find out what franchise characters Paramount and Sega will introduce next. A word of advice to the studio: don’t rush things, audiences were grateful when you took the time to rework the design of the CG Sonic and will wait so long to pay tribute to the characters they’ve already devoted so many hours to did the right thing to play at home.” — Peter Debrug [Full review]