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The Hack Stamp: THE SMURFS 2

by Scott Renshaw
- Posted // 2013-08-02 -

When critics get their hacky hands on these little blue fellas, what the smurf do you expect?

The Smurfs 2 may be a bad sequel to an even worse kiddie flick, but critics bemoaning its lack of creativity aren't exactly showing themselves familiar with the concept as they trot out predictable insertions of "smurf" in various strategic locations:

“…as bad as The Smurfs 2 is, it is smurf-years better than the first one.” – Gary Wolcott, Tri-City Herald

The Smurfs 2 has more than enough Smurf-essence to entertain viewers of all ages.” – Alexander Lowe, WeGotThisCovered.com

“Not Smurftastic, but not Smurfawful, either.” – Frank Lovece, Newsday

“… a sequel that changes scarcely a drop of Smurf-essence in its winning formula.” – Scott Foundas, Variety

“It’s Smurfy’s Law: When a silly caper about a kidnapped kewpie includes a bluebird’s view of the Eiffel Tower, we should thank heaven for small favors.” – Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“I felt Smurfing robbed by those five screenwriters.” – Teddy Durgin, Screen It!

But, wait! There are also opportunities to insert "blue" references, as well!

Smurfs 2 isn’t worth yelling about until you’re blue in the face.” – Todd Gilchrist, ScreenCrush

The Smurfs 2 is in theaters, and am I blue? Actually, no.” – Chris Hewitt, St. Paul Pioneer Press

“Smurf-ophiles will love it but the unconverted still won't be feeling the blues.” – Tim Evans, Sky Movies

“… The Smurfs 2 still sucks Smurfberries. … if Neil Patrick Harris isn’t getting better offers in between sitcom seasons and Tony Awards shows, and he’s if he’s got to do blue material to get by, he could do worse.” – Roger Moore, McClatchy Tribune News Service

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