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Incredibles 2

The animated family superhero adventure is in theaters.

Alissa Wilkinson covers film and culture for Vox. Alissa is a member of the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Society of Film Critics.

Metacritic score: 80

Writer-director Brad Bird’s Incredibles 2 is undeniably a good time at the movies for the whole family — a long-awaited sequel that was 14 years in the making. It picks up right where The Incredibles ended, catching up with Bob “Mr. Incredible” and Helen “Elastigirl” Parr (Craig T. Nelson and Holly Hunter); their children Violet (Sarah Vowell), Dash (Huck Milner), and baby Jack-Jack; and their old pal Lucius “Frozone” Best (Samuel L. Jackson).

They’re in a mad rush to save the city from the Underminer, the villain introduced at the end of the prior film. But things get complicated in a hurry. Though Incredibles 2 is loaded with interesting depictions of family life and female heroism, it’s the rare superhero movie that may have too many ideas knocking around in its noggin, none of which seem terribly coherent. But it’s still a rockingly good time at the movies for the whole family.