After the success of the 2011 reboot
According to a number of early reviews, however, "Most Wanted" pales in comparison to its predecessor.
Variety's Justin Chang calls the film "a hokey transcontinental caper that conspicuously lacks the winning blend of irreverence and sincerity that made 2011's 'The Muppets' such a delight." He adds, "On the basis of a simple side-by-side comparison of the two films, the missing ingredient is clearly
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Robbie Collin of the Telegraph writes, "Muppet film number eight is a resounding disappointment: it's uneven and often grating, with only a few moments of authentic delight, and almost none of the sticky-sweet, toast-and-honey crunch of its vastly enjoyable 2011 forerunner."
Brent Simon of Screen Daily finds "Most Wanted" to be "a harmless if largely uninspired musical comedy offering" and a "lesser effort than its predecessor in every way." He adds, "The story this time feels small and miscalculated … and minus the mooring presence of [the previous film's] Jason Segel and
Not every review has been so critical. IGN's Eric Goldman writes, "While perhaps not hitting all the beats the last movie did, 'Muppets Most Wanted' is another big success." He adds, "The human stars are clearly having a blast (and how could they not?), and with great jokes and incredibly catchy songs, Kermit and the gang again show why they are such enduringly lovable characters."
And Alonso Duralde of the Wrap says, "Even if the 21st century Muppet features don't quite reach the pinnacle established while