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Cars (2006)

Cars (2006)




Critic Consensus: Cars offers visual treats that more than compensate for its somewhat thinly written story, adding up to a satisfying diversion for younger viewers.

Movie Info

Lightning McQueen, a hotshot rookie race car driven to succeed, discovers that life is about the journey, not the finish line, when he finds himself unexpectedly detoured in the sleepy Route 66 town of Radiator Springs. On route across the country to the big Piston Cup Championship in California to compete against two seasoned pros, McQueen gets to know the town's offbeat characters--including Sally, a snazzy 2002 Porsche, Doc Hudson, a 1951 Hudson Hornet with a mysterious past, and Mater, a rusty but trusty tow truck, who help him realize that there are more important things than trophies, fame and sponsorship.more
Rating: G
Genre: Action & Adventure, Animation, Kids & Family, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: John Lasseter, Dan Fogelman, Joe Ranft, Kiel Murray, Phil Lorin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 7, 2006
Box Office: $244.1M
Buena Vista - Official Site


Owen Wilson
as Lightning McQueen
Paul Newman
as Doc Hudson
Bonnie Hunt
as Sally Carrera
George Carlin
as Fillmore
John Ratzenberger
as Mack/Hamm Truck
Joe Ranft
as Red/Peterbilt
Michael Keaton
as Chick Hicks
Bob Costas
as Bob Cutlass
Darell Waltrip
as Darrell Cartrip
Tom Magliozzi
as Rusty Rust-eze
Ray Magliozzi
as Dusty Rust-eze
Richard Petty
as The King
Michael Schumacher
as Michael Schumacher F...
Jay Leno
as Jay Limo
Mario Andretti
as Mario Andretti
Sarah Clark
as Kori Turbowitz
Mike Nelson
as Not Chuck
Lou Romano
as Snotrod
Larry Benton
as Motorhome Race Fan
Tom Hanks
as Woody Car
Douglas "Mater" Keev...
as Motorhome Race Fan
Tim Allen
as Buzz Lightyear Car
Billy Crystal
as Mike Car
John Goodman
as Sullivan Truck
Dave Foley
as Flik Car
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News & Interviews for Cars

Critic Reviews for Cars

All Critics (201) | Top Critics (47)

Rips off Doc Hollywood, almost note for note.

December 14, 2006
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Top Critic

'Cars' has energy and heart-two things that 'Robots' lacked.

Full Review… | October 23, 2013
Movie Metropolis

Cars is a nice homily to small town life and remembering the past - which definitely has its charms - and call for remembering our roots, but it's been done better elsewhere.

Full Review… | March 10, 2011

Unlike other Pixar releases, Cars does not cross over to adults as well as Finding Nemo or The Incredibles. But kids will love it, and isn't that what this type of animation is all about?

Full Review… | July 7, 2010
Matt's Movie Reviews

Pixar's latest visual stunner with a heart of gold honors our obsession with the automobile. Although it will make many nostalgic for the open road, especially the historic Route 66, the kids might get a little bored with this one.

Full Review… | September 8, 2009

Pixar's grown so metallic that having automobiles for animated characters becomes disturbingly apt

Full Review… | August 30, 2009

Audience Reviews for Cars


Cars is a fun, entertaining and exciting animated feature that boasts a well crafted story that is sure to entertain fans of Pixar. Although not the greatest effort from the studio, Cars is lots of fun from start to finish. The voice is terrific and the animation is very well done as usual. Even if this film isn't perfect, there are still plenty of good moments to be had with this film. Although the film doesn't break new ground, it's a worthy addition to the studios track record of fine animated features. I enjoyed the film, and felt it was a worthwhile viewing. The film may not the finest Pixar film, but it delivers memorable entertaining that is fun for anyone looking for an amusing film. Cars is entertaining for what it is, but is not a Pixar classic by any means either. The jokes are good, and the cast do a good job in their roles. The story has heart, and is lots of fun if you're in the right mood. The characters are great, and varied. Pixar may have made better movies, but this one is still worth seeing if you loved the other films in the filmography. This is yet another stunningly animated feature that delivers what you'd expect from Pixar. The film has a few flaws, but there are enough good moments to be had here to make it a pleasant viewing experience. Cars adds nothing new to the Pixar formula, but it does retain everything you've enjoyed from previous films that they have made. Entertaining, funny and memorable, what more can you expect from a film that brought you classics like Toy Story and Monsters Inc. Cars is not a classic, but it's nonetheless fun entertainment for what it tries to do.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

Much different in delivery and impact for Pixar. Cars is a visual treat, as only Disney and Pixar could do, but the enigmatic script may be skeptical to its viewers. Nonetheless, the film is a CGI dream and is magnificently mapped out landscape-wise. 4/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

Cars is Pixar's least marketable film for their more mature adult audience by far. I mean, talking racecars? Sounds like something for you to fall asleep at while your children lap it up from start to finish. This is half the reason it has taken me this long to even see it. It didn't help that the critical reception (at the time) was Pixar's lowest by a fair margin (although still pretty positive). I am happy to report that lack of excitement for this movie caused me to be completely surprised by how well done it actually was. There's a lot more depth in the characters and story than I thought there would be, even if it doesn't quite reach one of their best works like "Up" or "Wall-E". To me, this can go right alongside Ratatouille, Monsters, Inc, and other strong efforts by Pixar that just don't quite reach the upper echelon of animation. This is not a negative statement in any way. You can't knock it out of the park every time, but a solid base hit gets things going sometimes. Cars has the laughs, heart, strong story, and absolutely gorgeous animation you expect from a Pixar production. Don't be dissuaded by the kiddie nature of the premise. This is a fine motion picture.

Josh Lewis

Super Reviewer

Cars Quotes

Mater: My name is Mater.
Lightning McQueen: Mater?
Mater: Yeah, like "Tuh-Mater", but without the "Tuh"! What's your name?
Lightning McQueen: You, you don't know my name?
Mater: Oh, I know your name. Is your name Mater too?
Lightning McQueen: What?
– Submitted by Anna F (2 years ago)
Dusty Rust-eze: Don't drive like my brother!
Rusty Rust-eze: Oh, don't drive like my brother!
– Submitted by Alexandria P (3 years ago)
The King: You have more talent in one lug nut than a lot of cars have in their whole body. But you're stupid.
– Submitted by Alexandria P (3 years ago)
Lightning McQueen: I'm becoming one of them!
– Submitted by Bobby K (3 years ago)

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