Ralph Breaks the Internet, the eagerly anticipated sequel to 2012's animated video game crossover film Wreck-It Ralph, opens next week in theaters everywhere. The early reviews for the new film have come in with critics praising the sequel for its expansive, ambitious scope while maintaining its emotional focus on returning protagonists Ralph and Vanellope, voiced by John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman, respectively.
Over a week ahead of its wide release, the film currently holds an impressive 91% on review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes. As it currently stands, this is an improvement over the original film which has a score of 87% on the site. Here is a selection of some of the early reviews for the sequel:
Alexandra August, CBR: "Ralph Breaks the Internet continues Disney's current trend of solid sequels. It manages to balance its own considerable nostalgia factor with fresh story developments, and those new developments involve a well-executed discussion of friendship and how it evolves, not to mention a decidedly un-preachy moral on the dangers of external validation. It also doesn’t hurt that the film boasts the biggest gathering of Disney Princesses ever seen on screen, complete with original voice actors."
Dana Schwartz, Entertainment Weekly: "'Sequel that’s better than the original' is an elusive club, limited until now, in this critic’s opinion, to Toy Story 2, The Godfather 2, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Well, it’s time to welcome a new member to the gang. Ambitious, beautifully animated, and clever to a fault, Ralph Breaks the Internet breaks free of the pitfalls of most sequels by never forgoing heart for the sake of bigger franchise pyrotechnics."
Jesse Hassenger, AV Club: "Though Ralph Breaks The Internet obviously springs from confidence in the first movie, it also (intentionally or not) addresses some criticisms leveled at its predecessor. Those disappointed that a movie about a vast subculture situated itself in a single fictional game for most of its running time may be pleased by the frequent location-hopping."
Molly Freeman, Screen Rant: "Ralph Breaks the Internet isn't quite as unabashedly charming as its predecessor. There is some fun to be had with arcade game characters being introduced to the World Wide Web, but the movie also loses some of the original's sense of nostalgia by venturing into a world we live in everyday. In Ralph Breaks the Internet, that loss is supplemented with references to famous Disney-owned characters (which include Star Wars and Marvel cameos) and online staples like Instagram and Pinterest."
Kate Erbland, IndieWire: "The same creative spirit that so vividly imagined the world inside various arcade games now expands to embrace the whole of the big bad Internet. Returning director Rich Moore is joined by Wreck-It Ralph co-writer Phil Johnston, and the pair’s partnership breeds one of the year’s more ambitious features, at least when it comes to contextualizing something as wild, weird, and wacky as the worldwide web."
Eric Eisenberg, Cinema Blend: "Expanding the world-building first movie by constructing a whole new universe of its own, the second chapter skillfully avoids all of the tropes and traps of typical sequels in magnificent fashion. It's a story that serves as a fantastic extension of the original, constructing a narrative that is a natural evolution from where the last one left off, and is packed to the brim with surprises, meta references and immense creativity that will keep you smiling and laughing throughout."
Brian Truitt, USA Today: "You’ll LOL, you’ll cry-emoji, you’ll never look at a pop-up ad the same way again. And while the new Ralph falls short of the original’s brilliance, any adventure with the big oaf and his glitchy BFF is #winning."
Jonathan Pile, Empire Magazine: "Entertaining, and occasionally inspired, but Ralph Breaks The Internet is too often content to achieve a quick laugh, rather than exploring the themes its set-up suggests."
Directed by Rich Moore and Phil Johnson, Ralph Breaks the Internet arrives in theaters on November 21. The film features the voices of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Taraji P. Henson, Gal Gadot, Jane Lynch, Ed O’Neill and almost every Disney Princess voice recorded.