Entertainment Weekly - 08/15/2008
"[F]our capable actresses have pulled off a relatively rare thing: They've convinced us they're honest-to-God movie sisterhood." -- Grade: B+
USA Today - 08/06/2008
"The saga of the well-worn jeans on the move continues to be a warm and pleasantly diverting tale..."
Los Angeles Times - 08/06/2008
"The sequel is a refreshing look at female friends....The fours stars of SISTERHOOD are back for this smart, confident second act..."
Premiere - 08/04/2008
"THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS 2, directed by Sarah Lawrence grad Sanaa Hamri, depicts refreshingly positive friendship based in reality without cynicism."
Total Film - 01/01/2009 3 stars out of 5 -- "Overall, the mood is honey-dipped and Hallmark-wise, but always warm and well-played."
Empire - 02/01/2009 3 stars out of 5 -- "[A] winning sequel....It captures the wistfulness when teenage friends begin to realise their lives may take them in different directions."
Hollywood Reporter - 07/31/2008
"[A] shapely sequel that retains much of the sparkle and warmth that made the original such a pleasant surprise."
In this follow-up to THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS, the four heroines find themselves drifting apart the summer after their first year of college. Quirky Tibby (Amber Tamblyn, JOAN OF ARCADIA) is stuck taking summer school classes at NYU, while the commitment-phobe in her struggles with her relationship with Brian (Leonardo Nam). Independent Bridget (Blake Lively, GOSSIP GIRL) takes a break from playing soccer at Brown University to work on an archaeological dig in Turkey. Quiet Lena (Alexis Bledel, GILMORE GIRLS) still misses her Greek love, Kostos (Michael Rady), but her drawing classes at the Rhode Island School of Design--and the man she meets there--keep her distracted. Meanwhile Carmen (America Ferrera, UGLY BETTY), who had hoped to spend her summer with her best friends, begins working at a Vermont theater festival with some surprising results. As each of them takes her turn wearing the magical pants of the first film, they realize that it isn't just distance that is separating them.
For fans of the Ann Brashares's novels on which this film and its predecessor are based, THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS 2 presents a welcome reunion with beloved characters. These are four well-drawn (and well-cast) young women who experience real problems that add depth to the film's comedy. But even with the drama, this is more GILMORE GIRLS than GOSSIP GIRL. Though there's plenty of talk of love à la SEX AND THE CITY, Tibby, Bridget, Lena, and Carmen have issues and identities outside of the men in their lives. But that doesn't mean that there isn't space for squeals and sighs when things do go right for the girls romantically.
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