New Ted 2 Movie Received Mixed Reviews From Major Critics
Universal Studios released their new comedy film, “Ted 2,” into theaters today, June 26th, 2015, and all the top, major critics have turned in their reviews. It turns out that it did pretty even with a mixed split down the middle with an overall 49 score out of a possible 100 across 34 reviews at the Metacritic.com site.
The film stars: Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, Mark Wahlberg, Dennis Haysbert, Amanda Seyfried, Mila Kunis, Seth MacFarlane and Jessica Barth. We’ve listed blurbs from a few of the critics,below.
Joe Morgenstern over at the Wall Street Journal, gave it an 80 grade, saying: ” In a movie devoted mainly to making you laugh, it’s a plea for tolerance that takes your breath away.”
Mick LaSalle from the San Francisco Chronicle, gave it a 75 grade, saying: “Writer-director Seth MacFarlane is like some weird combination of a stupid, dirty-minded teenager and a brilliant comic master. His impulses are sophomoric, but he knows where to find the punch line, and he hits it, again and again.”
Rebecca Keegan over at the Los Angeles Times, gave it a 70 score. She stated: ” While Ted 2 is absurd and occasionally disgusting, it is also wickedly funny.”
Scott Foundas at Variety, gave it a 70 grade, stating: “Both “Ted” movies are, ultimately, one-joke affairs rooted in the idea of taking some emblem of childhood innocence and vulgarizing it…. That joke, though, turns out to be a resilient one, and the chemistry between Wahlberg and MacFarlane is infectiously puerile.”
Kyle Smith over at the New York Post, gave it a 63 score, claiming: “Ted 2 has so many mo–ments of crazy brilliance that I laughed a lot, if infrequently. Is a ballplayer who whiffs four balls but knocks the fifth one 500 feet worth watching? I say yes.”
Peter Travers over at Rolling Stone, gave it a 63 score, stating: “If you’re ready to go with the hit-and-miss flow, you’ll laugh your ass off.”
Frank Scheck over at The Hollywood Reporter, gave it a 60 grade. He said: “Ted’s Boston-accented zingers are expertly delivered by the director/star, whose voice talent is undeniable, and Wahlberg again demonstrates that he’s skilled at comedy.”
Chris Nashawaty at Entertainment Weekly, gave it a 58 score, stating: “The sequel still manages to walk the tightrope between clever and crass. For a while, at least.”
Mark Feeney from the Boston Globe, gave it a 50 grade. He stated: “She (Seyfried) provides some real charm, something the movie otherwise lacks. She also seems like a plausible part of the action in a way that Kunis never did.”
Brian Truitt over at USA Today, gave it a 50 grade, stating: “Ted 2 locks into a nice groove whenever it’s just Ted and John being buds (and smoking bud), and Seyfried actually adds to the chemistry. If only the nonstop parade of craziness and lack of story coherence around them wasn’t so hard to bear.”
Michael Phillips from the Chicago Tribune, gave it a 50 score. He said: “I laughed three or four times, mostly at verbal byplay since director MacFarlane struggles when it comes to timing, filming and cutting sight gags.”
Richard Roeper from the Chicago Sun-Times, gave it a 50 score, saying: “Ted 2 feels like far too many other sequels: born of box office expectations more than a bona fide reason to return to the characters we loved the first time around.”
Dan Callahan from TheWrap, gave it a 40 score, stating: “Bad taste needs to be more honest and more all-inclusive if it’s to make a lasting impression, and MacFarlane’s bad taste here is both too wishy-washy and too knee-jerk cruel to really make any impact.”
Glenn Kenny over at RogerEbert.com, gave it a 38 grade. He stated: “Aside from race jokes, Ted 2 offers a nearly staggering number of weed jokes, a couple of which are mildly funny, or at least funnier than the rape jokes.”
Ann Hornaday from the Washington Post, gave it a 25 grade, stating: “As he proved with his misbegotten A Million Ways to Die in the West, MacFarlane is essentially a guy who’s gotten appallingly lucky on television. He exhibits zero proficiency in cinematic staging and no sense of pace.”
Manohla Dargis over at The New York Times, gave it a 20 grade, saying: “Mr. MacFarlane can be funny, but Ted 2 is insultingly lazy hack work that is worth discussing primarily because of how he tries and fails to turn race, and specifically black men, into comedy fodder.”
Finally, Jacob Hall at the New York Daily News, gave it a 20 grade, claiming: “Ted 2 is the equivalent of a middle school bully. It’s not as funny as it thinks it is. Its penchant for casual cruelty masks a hollow soul. And it will be totally forgotten once we move onto bigger and better things.” Stay tuned. Also, get your favorite Movie stuff, and more by Clicking Here.