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Paddington 2

Paddington 2

Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Paddington, now happily settled with the Brown family and a popular member of the local community, picks up a series of odd jobs to buy the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy's 100th birthday, only for the gift to be stolen.

The critical consensus

Paddington 2 should be prescribed as an antidote to anyone who finds the madness of the modern world a bit wearing. It’s probably possible to not absolutely love it, but it’s hard to see how.

*****Olly Richards, Empire Online, 27/10/2017

Paddington seems to be turning into Jason Bourne in a duffel coat. His most appealing trait, though, isn’t his heroism but his absolute decency. He is a movie hero without a shade of cynicism, one who never loses either his sticky-pawed innocence or his idealism.

****(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 27/10/2017

Grant is on top form as a cravat-wearing villain who frames Paddington for theft in a follow-up that lives up to Michael Bond’s evergreen original.

****(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 26/10/2017

State-of-the-art effects combine with playful, generous storytelling in a feelgood sequel only marmalade haters could resist.

****(*)Neil Smith, Total Film, 27/10/2017

Effortlessly great, immensely satisfying.

*****David Jenkins, Little White Lies, 31/10/2017

Hugh Grant is one of the highlights of a superb sequel that improves on the wildly successful original.

*****Angie Errigo, The List, 06/11/2017

It’s so lacking in cynicism that even though the plot’s about as substantial as one of Paddington marmalade sandwiches, it’s hard not to be won over by the duffel coat-sporting furball.

****(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 08/11/2017

Paddington 2 is perfect family entertainment but also full of valuable lessons as Paddington’s good manners, politeness and consideration for others make him an irresistible role model.

*****Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 10/11/2017

Back from darkest Peru, our hero is at the mercy of unscrupulous actors, but generosity, emotional depth and top-class clowning win the day.

*****Wendy Ide, The Observer, 12/11/2017

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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