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Frozen 2 Early Reviews Praise Disney Sequel's 'Dazzling Adventure'

Frozen 2 is already a hit with critics.

The highly anticipated sequel, which hits theaters next week, is already earning praise from online movie critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the critics' consensus describes the film as follows: "Even though at times Frozen II doesn't quite nail the showstopping feel of the first film, it is still a dazzling adventure into the unknown."

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On Instagram, Rotten Tomatoes released a video unveiling the film's initial score. As of this writing, the film is currently 'Fresh' with a score of 83% out of 46 reviews. Of course, the number might change as more and more reviews are added in.

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Here is a selection of what critics are saying about the Disney sequel:

Ben Travis, Empire: "If the final act underwhelms in the action stakes, Frozen II still delivers where it really counts -- the emotional beats and relationship between Elsa and Anna, who continually strengthen and uplift each other across the runtime. Among the not inconsiderable flaws, there’s enough greatness to make Frozen II worth Disney breaking its big rule for. And that in itself is a happy ending."

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Johnny Oleksinski, New York Post: "With Frozen II, Disney has done the impossible: It’s made a terrific animated-musical sequel. Over the past 25 years, the studio has released a heap of direct-to-video follow-ups to its biggest hits, such as Return of Jafar” and The Lion King 1½. All of them have been forgettable at best, forever banished to the darkest corners of Disney+. But the curse has been lifted. The second Frozen is even better than the first, with dazzling animation and a more mature and tuneful score. Call it The Icicle Strikes Back."

Philip De Semlyen, Time Out: "If Frozen was about coming to terms with who you are, the sequel is about transformation. Does it offer any further evidence to those who interpreted “Let It Go” as Elsa’s covert coming-out anthem? Sadly no, though she remains an intriguingly elliptical canvas on which to project genuinely groundbreaking ideas about empowerment and identity. Elsa may be an icon, but there’s nothing set in stone about her, and it’s good to have her back.."

Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times: "There’s a mix of kindness and thorniness to Elsa, a refusal to simply smile and go with the flow, that feels pleasingly consistent with the first film. Although no longer forced to hide her powers from the world, she still tends to isolate herself and fight most of her battles alone. And unlike Anna, of course, she continues to show not even the slightest interest in romance, making her a genuinely radical figure among the marrying-kind ranks of most Disney heroines."

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Molly Freeman, Screen Rant: "Ultimately, Frozen 2 is a magical return to the world of Anna and Elsa, one that has matured with those who fell in love with the original. It's dazzling, entertaining and fun for the whole family, though it does skew a little older. It might be a little too dark for very young viewers, but again, Frozen 2 does handle its more complex themes in ways that children will understand, and will help children to understand themselves better. Many fans of the first film will find something to like in the sequel, and Frozen 2 does provide an enjoyable theater experience with its gorgeous visuals and impressive soundtrack coming to life on the big screen. Altogether, Frozen 2 is an admirable sequel, even if it's not quite as great as the original."

Arriving Nov. 22, Disney's Frozen 2 reunites directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck and producer Del Vecho with voice actors Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad. Returning musical talents include Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.

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