It's strictly for the fans, who will furiously parse the changes in the narrative (including a new female pilot) and the nonsensical stew of philosophical and religious symbolism.
Mike Hale - New York Times
Like a surly teen pilot, you, too, might find yourself bored and muttering, "Honestly, maybe the fate of humanity and the world isn't important to me, either.''
Ethan Gilsdorf - Boston Globe
Evangelion 2.0 will undoubtedly confound some viewers with its jam-packed narrative and jargon-heavy dialogue but the intricately designed, hyper-kinetic visuals more than compensate, especially when seen at the scale they deserve.
- Toronto Star
For the most part, this is the kind of immersive fanboy experience that doesn't suffer wandering attention spans.
Robert Abele - Los Angeles Times
If there's one clear-cut reason to prefer the second film to the first, it's because the action is so vastly more impressive this time around.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
The laser blasts and shimmering force fields in these contests are less violent than the repressed feelings of sensitive Shinji.
Brian Miller - L.A. Weekly
Sets the stage for new, apocalyptic changes in the next "Rebuild" feature, and they appear to be the kind of changes fans have been waiting on for years.
Simon Abrams - Slant Magazine
An exhilarating adventure that offers compelling characters, a wonderfully imaginative story and dazzling special effects. Newbies might feel slightly perplexed, though.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru