88

Baltimore Sun

By Michael Sragow
The outcomes of all the mini-dramedies are too messy and equivocal to produce morals; that's just as it should be in a farce about confusion. Co-directors Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath are most intent on completing the circle of comedy.
Full Review
75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
A nice surprise, surpassing the quality of the first film.
Full Review
75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
This is a brighter, more engaging film than the original "Madagascar."
Full Review
75

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Escape 2 Africa is pretty tame, but it knows how to keep its own turf tidy.
Full Review
70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Cartoons can get away with being serviceable and skillful without much creativity since they have an endlessly renewing audience. "Mad 2" surfs along on such waves, entertaining youngsters while mildly amusing adults.
Full Review
70

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The roots are shallow, but the sequel is good-natured, high-spirited and perfectly enjoyable if you take it for what it is.
Full Review
63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
More animals don't necessarily translate to more fun and laughter, at least not when it comes to animated sequels.
Full Review
60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Dilutes the idea some by giving every four-legged hero a story arc. And there's not enough of the first movie's super-erudite monkeys. Yet the sitcom-style silliness is still there, and it's nice to see that the old "grin or frown as you wave a hand across your face" joke still has cross-generational, and cross-species, appeal.
Full Review
50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Take the flat tire that was "Madagascar." Retread it with "The Lion King" storyline. Pump it up with air. Now you have Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.
Full Review
50

Boston Globe

By Janice Page
Fails to drum up much excitement.
Full Review
61 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.