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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?

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How to Train Your Dragon 2

92%

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.)

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22 Jump Street

84%

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.)

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    How to Train Your Dragon

    2010, Kids & family/Fantasy, 1h 38m

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    Movie Info

    Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) is a Norse teenager from the island of Berk, where fighting dragons is a way of life. His progressive views and weird sense of humor make him a misfit, despite the fact that his father (Gerard Butler) is chief of the clan. Tossed into dragon-fighting school, he endeavors to prove himself as a true Viking, but when he befriends an injured dragon he names Toothless, he has the chance to plot a new course for his people's future.

    • Rating:

      PG (Sequences of Intense Action|Brief Mild Language|Some Scary Images)

    • Genre:

      Kids & family, Fantasy, Adventure, Comedy, Animation

    • Original Language:

      English

    • Director:

      Christopher Sanders, Dean DeBlois

    • Producer:

      Bonnie Arnold

    • Writer:

      Christopher Sanders, Dean DeBlois

    • Release Date (Theaters):

      Mar 26, 2010  wide

    • Release Date (Streaming):

      Aug 17, 2010

    • Box Office (Gross USA):

      $217.4M

    • Runtime:

      1h 38m

    • Distributor:

      Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks SKG

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    Cast & Crew

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    Jay Baruchel
    Hiccup
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    Gerard Butler
    King Stoick the Vast
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    America Ferrera
    Astrid
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    Jonah Hill
    Snotlout
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    Fishlegs
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    Gobber
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    Dean DeBlois
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    Kathy Altieri
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    Pierre-Olivier Vincent
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    Darren T. Holmes
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    Maryann Brandon
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    Critic Reviews for How to Train Your Dragon

    All Critics (214) | Top Critics (59) | Fresh (211) | Rotten (3)

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    Audience Reviews for How to Train Your Dragon

    • Mar 09, 2016

      How to Train Your Dragon is definitely one of the best of the Dreamworks library! Featuring a lot of fun, adventure and heart all of which absolutely work here!

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    • Aug 20, 2015

      Whimsical and exciting, How to Train Your Dragon is a high tale of adventure. The story follows a young Viking named Hiccup who trains to fight dragons in order to protect his town from their constant attacks; but secretly he nurses an injured dragon back to health and discovers that they're not the furious beasts that he once thought they were. Featuring the voice talents of Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, and Jonah Hill, the casting is pretty good. And, the animation is quite impressive, with some really interesting character designs. Additionally, John Powell provides a sweeping score that's full of excitement and wonder. At times the film gets a little preachy about being tolerant and understanding, but overall the tone stays fairly lighthearted. Something that the whole family can enjoy, How to Train Your dragon is a lot of fun.

      Dann M Super Reviewer

    • Dec 26, 2014

      A charming, likeable animated story concerning an insecure boy (voiced by Jay Baruchel) who forms an unlikely friendship with a dragon named Toothless after being tasked with capturing one as the last step to becoming a man. The thing that makes this movie so special is its fearlessness and willingness to take big risks that do not fall into the cookie-cutter norm that we have come to accept with some animated films. Because of this, it possesses a degree of unpredictability which proves to be original and much more enjoyable. The voice acting is terrific, and the action scenes are fun and the film's versatility to all age ranges cannot go unnoticed. This is a stellar, near-perfect film.

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    • Dec 05, 2014

      Riveting and visionary tale that gives new life to DreamWorks Animation SKG. How to Train Your Dragon has crisp animation and a compelling story, which helps justify this film to be ranked one of the top animated films for DreamWorks (as well as top animated films of all time). 4.5/5