Being awful is still no substitute for being funny - but Seth MacFarlane's talking teddy bear sequel does manage some laughs anyway.
J. R. Jones
The movie is so indifferently plotted that it soon becomes a bore.
If you're ready to go with the hit-and-miss flow, you'll laugh your ass off.
If you liked the original Ted, Seth MacFarlane's 2012 surprise smash about a pot-smoking, potty-mouthed teddy bear, then you will probably like Ted 2. It is essentially the exact same movie, and more - and less.
In a way, it's pitiable more than anything.
For a movie that pretends to address issues of what it means to be human, "Ted 2" is soulless at its core, a pure product.
The film fumbles its lame narrative and, although some of MacFarlane's jokes are hilarious, they're just blips on the radar.
[Seth MacFarlane's] sense of humor generally bodes about as well for moviegoers as a dorsal fin does for swimmers.
I laughed a lot, if infrequently. Is a ballplayer who whiffs four balls but knocks the fifth one 500 feet worth watching? I say yes.