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Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015)

Country: USA

Genres: Animation, Comedy, Family

Taglines: Drac's pack is back

Director: Genndy Tartakovsky

Writers: Adam Sandler, Robert Smigel, Genndy Tartakovsky

Stars: Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Keegan-Michael Key, Steve Buscemi, ...

The Drac pack is back for an all-new monster comedy adventure in Sony Pictures Animation's Hotel Transylvania 2! Everything seems to be changing for the better at Hotel Transylvania... Dracula's rigid monster-only hotel policy has finally relaxed, opening up its doors to human guests. But behind closed coffins, Drac is worried that his adorable half-human, half-vampire grandson, Dennis, isn't showing signs of being a vampire. So while Mavis is busy visiting her human in-laws with Johnny - and in for a major cultural shock of her own - "Vampa" Drac enlists his friends Frank, Murray, Wayne and Griffin to put Dennis through a "monster-in-training" boot camp. But little do they know that Drac's grumpy and very old, old, old school dad Vlad is about to pay a family visit to the hotel. And when Vlad finds out that his great-grandson is not a pure blood - and humans are now welcome at Hotel Transylvania - things are going to get batty!

80 | 2015-09-24 | Alonso Duralde

Whereas the jokes in the “Grown Ups” series feel reactionary and bullying, the family-friendly Hotel Transylvania gags (in the script by Sandler and Robert Smigel) instead come off as clever and humane, even when they’re making fun of helicopter moms and lawsuit-sensitive summer camps.
Read More: TheWrap

75 | 2015-10-02 | Rick Bentley

The spookiest thing about Hotel Transylvania 2 is how much funnier, colorful and more original it is this second time around.
Read More: Chicago Tribune

70 | 2015-09-24 | Michael Rechtshaffen

This time around, greater attention has been paid to story and character development (while scaling back on all the sight gags) and the substantial results give the ample voice cast and returning director Genndy Tartakovsky more to sink their teeth into, with pleasing results.
Read More: The Hollywood Reporter

67 | 2015-09-24 | Devan Coggan

Genndy Tartakovsky returns as director, and the creator of "Samurai Jack and Dexter’s Laboratory" has somehow managed to kick up the energy even more for the sequel.
Read More: Entertainment Weekly

60 | 2015-10-28 | Jamie Neish

Hotel Transylvania 2, much like its predecessor, never aims too high, so the fact that it comes as such a pleasant surprise makes it all the more entertaining.
Read More: CineVue

60 | 2015-10-28 | Tim Robey

Unusually for any film top-billed by Adam Sandler these days, there are jokes to please young and old.
Read More: The Telegraph

60 | 2015-09-29 | Bilge Ebiri

Hotel Transylvania 2 is minor, to be sure, but given the comedian’s recent work, it still counts as a pleasant surprise.
Read More: New York Magazine (Vulture)

60 | 2015-09-24 | Charles Solomon

Genndy Tartakovsky is a talented director who knows how to telegraph what an animated character is thinking and doing and how to move a character in ways that suggest personality.
Read More: Los Angeles Times

58 | 2015-09-25 | Jesse Hassenger

The problem is, Hotel Transylvania 2 focuses so intently on parental neuroses—Dracula needs Mavis to remain his little girl and needs his new grandson to conform to his vampire lineage—that the movie itself feels smothering (especially on the heels of the similarly themed original).
Read More: The A.V. Club

50 | 2015-09-24 | Glenn Kenny

Some jokes actually work (a GPS-voice gag induced unforced laughter), and the whole thing is amiable and colorful and surprisingly low on body-function gags. It may not kill you to take your kids.
Read More: The New York Times

50 | 2015-09-24 | Tom Russo

For the haters out there, you could see where Sandler reprising his role as a cartoon Dracula in Hotel Transylvania 2 might just be the perfect metaphor: Yep, there he goes again, evilly sucking the lifeblood out of decent entertainment. Now come on, let’s grab the torches!
Read More: Boston Globe

50 | 2015-09-24 | Bill Goodykoontz

There are some nice messages of inclusion, but they’re crowded out by a big dumb action scene at the end.
Read More: Arizona Republic

50 | 2015-09-24 | Sandie Angulo Chen

If you enjoy Sandler’s brand of obvious humor and don’t mind noticeable Sony product placements, this inoffensive sequel is, like its predecessor, just enough for a Halloween treat.
Read More: Washington Post

50 | 2015-09-24 | Roger Moore

It skews very young, and for that crowd, Hotel Transylvania 2 works well enough. If this is Sandler’s sentence for all the awful, lazy live-action fare he’s fed his fans over the years, he and we can say he got off easy.
Read More: Movie Nation

40 | 2015-09-26 | Jordan Hoffman

By the end of this 89-minute film, I was absolutely on the edge of my seat. Not due to suspense, but due to my utter disdain for the infantile plotting.
Read More: The Guardian

40 | 2015-09-25 | Stephen Whitty

Well, put a stake in it. It's done.
Read More: New York Daily News

38 | 2015-09-25 | Susan Wloszczyna

If this all sounds rather dull, that is because it is.
Read More: RogerEbert.com

38 | 2015-09-24 | Eric Henderson

It risks offense by putting a typically Adam Sandler-ian twist on a tired familial trope, though such risks can often be the only thing enlivening forced franchise installments like this one.
Read More: Slant Magazine

30 | 2015-09-24 | Nick Schager

Any message about the need for open-mindedness in life and love, however, is muddled by a slapdash plot that ultimately cares less about taking a stand in favor of progressive values than it does in superficially employing such feel-good ideas for unimaginative, hyperactive adolescent slapstick.
Read More: Variety

25 | 2015-10-02 | Calum Marsh

Hotel Transylvania 2 is what you might call frivolously scary: scary by mistake, or scary for no reason.
Read More: The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

25 | 2015-09-24 | Kyle Smith

When Mel Brooks checks in to play Dracula’s dad, harrumphing and looking exactly like Grandpa Munster, you realize Sandler and Co. aren’t trying any harder than they did in “Jack and Jill” or “Pixels.”
Read More: New York Post

25 | 2015-09-24 | Peter Hartlaub

Belongs in a less ambitious category of sequels, alongside the creatively lacking “Alvin and the Chipmunks” and “Ice Age” movies.
Read More: San Francisco Chronicle

20 | 2015-09-25 | Mike Scott

Where's a wooden stake when you need one?
Read More: New Orleans Times-Picayune

20 | 2015-09-24 | Josh Kupecki

Channeling your inner child, you may find solace in Hotel Transylvania 2, but in the end it has no bite, doing continued disservice to the Universal monsters it scabs out, and adding another soiled feather to Sandler’s cap of mediocrity.
Read More: Austin Chronicle