Sonic 2 has hit theaters in Europe, but not everyone is happy with the Blue Blur’s second appearance.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is a worthy sequel to the 2020 hit, but it doesn’t reach the heights of great video game adaptations. At least that’s what Sonic 2’s reviews say, which were mixed yesterday when the film hit theaters in some regions.
At the moment, the critical consensus of Sonic 2 is only just short of keeping up with its predecessor. It sits at 62 percent on Rotten Tomatoes (down one percent from the first) and 44 on IMDb. Individual reviews range from positive to outright negative, with critics divided on whether the Blue Blur’s second appearance will survive the landing and be worth all the hype we’ve seen over the past few weeks.
“A huge improvement over the first film, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is let down by a few poor choices, but makes up for it with its genuine portrayal of friendship,” reads Joey Ramble’s review for Cultured Vultures.
Digital Spy’s Ian Sandwell agrees, writing, “Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is a more assertive film than its predecessor, offering longtime fans the same mix of frenetic family fun and nostalgic beats.”
However, Sonic 2 also gets its fair share of negative reviews. “Sonic’s second appearance is little more than a half-baked distraction at halftime,” says John Nugent of Empire Magazine.
Jim Carrey’s fan-favorite performance wasn’t even enough to save for The Independent. “There are no jokes. It’s just things you recognize,” writes Clarisse Loughrey. “Even the movie doesn’t know what to do with Carrey. He stands around trying to turn parts of the performance into jokes, grumbling and overemphasizing every line.”
The Daily Telegraph’s Robbie Collin puts it simply: “High-speed antics have never felt so slow.”
Jade King from TheGamer was definitely more entertaining than other reviewers and gave the film 4/5 stars in her review. Jade describes it as “bigger and better in every way” and praises the performances of Ben Schwartz and Jim Carrey, as well as Tails’ addition to the team. She admits it can feel formulaic, but not enough to reduce the experience too drastically.
Sonic the Hedgehog is available now in cinemas across Europe. It opens in the US on April 8th.
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