Dogs and cats stick to the formula in ‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’
The Secret Life of Pets 2 is a 2019 American 3D computer animated comedy film produced by Illumination, directed by Chris Renaud, co-directed by Jonathan del Val, and written by Brian Lynch. It is the sequel to The Secret Life of Pets (2016) and the second feature film in the franchise. The film features the voices of Patton Oswalt (who replaces Louis C.K.), Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, Ellie Kemper, Tiffany Haddish, Lake Bell, Nick Kroll, Dana Carvey, Hannibal Buress, Bobby Moynihan, and Harrison Ford.
The film was theatrically released in the United States on June 7, 2019, by Universal Pictures. It received mixed reviews from critics and has grossed $51 million worldwide. The film was theatrically released in the United States on June 7, 2019, by Universal Pictures. It received mixed reviews from critics and has grossed $51 million worldwide. On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 53% based on 93 reviews with an average rating of 5.67/10.
The site’s critical consensus reads, “The Secret Life of Pets 2 doesn’t teach its animated stars any new narrative tricks -- but for fans of the original, this funny, energetic sequel should still satisfy.” At Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 55 out of 100, based on 27 critics, indicating “mixed or average reviews”. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of “A–” on an A+ to F scale, the same score as the first film, while those at PostTrak gave it an average 4.5 out of 5 stars.