Cars Reviews

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Christy Lemire
Denver Rocky Mountain News
December 14, 2006
Rips off Doc Hollywood, almost note for note.
| Original Score: C+
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
June 12, 2006
Along came the interstate, apparently, and ruined everything. Just like that darned Internet, I guess, or that superhighway stuff, or those dumb movies they make with computers nowadays.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 9, 2006
Cars might get us into car world as a gimmick, but it doesn't get us into car world as a state of mind. Thus, the animation, rather than seeming like an expression of the movie's deeper truth, becomes an impediment to it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 9, 2006
Though the central idea of nostalgia for a quieter, small-town life may well be lost on this movie's young audience -- Cars finds a pleasant and often sparkling groove.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 9, 2006
Cars made me want to hop in my jalopy and to head out to Route 66, bypassing the boring interstate highways that made the Mother Road redundant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 9, 2006
It's beautiful to look at. The talking cars feel more alive than talking cars should.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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June 9, 2006
It's impossible to find more joy in the dark at the moment.
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
June 9, 2006
It's another innovative piece of entertainment from the animation studio, taking the audience on a kinetic trip into a world populated only by automobiles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
June 9, 2006
Cars somewhat self-indulgently runs nearly two hours -- but overall, it's well worth the trip.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
June 9, 2006
Like the Toy Story films, Cars is a state-of-the-computer-art plea on behalf of outmoded, wholesome fifties technology, with a dash of Zen by way of George Lucas.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
June 9, 2006
It achieves the near impossible, turning cars, trucks, tractors and farm harvesters into cute Disney characters whose fates you'll care about.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
June 9, 2006
It thunders ahead with breezy abandon, scoring big grins on its way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
June 9, 2006
For parents out there whose future holds the certain prospect of the DVD version blaring repeatedly from family-room screens, let this by your advisory. Warning: Cars comes unequipped with two essential options -- charm and a good muffler.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 9, 2006
It's touching, it's funny, it offers cautions about the modern pace of life, and it depends on a sense of rural Americana for its soul.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
June 9, 2006
Its characters may be made of steel, but this movie is made of sturdier stuff: heart and art.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
June 9, 2006
Cars idles at times. And it's not until its final laps that the movie gains the emotional traction we've come to expect from the Toy Story and Nemo crews.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
June 9, 2006
No other outfit can match Pixar's knack for plucking heartstrings without tearing them off the frets.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 9, 2006
The short answer is: Pixar does it again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
June 9, 2006
At 116 minutes, it's a test not of speed but endurance.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 9, 2006
It tells a bright and cheery story, and then has a little something profound lurking around the edges. In this case, it's a sense of loss.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 9, 2006
It's powered by a human heart through a roadway of natural wonders and cultural signposts en route to the checkered flag.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
June 8, 2006
None of the characters in Cars feel like flesh and blood. None of them feel like family. Instead, they're just a means to an end -- vehicles and nothing more.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
June 8, 2006
The makers of Doc Hollywood called. They want their movie back.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 8, 2006
Pixar finally rolled out a clunker.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 8, 2006
The animation is stunningly rendered. But the story is always the critical element in Pixar movies, and Cars' story is heartfelt with a clear and unabashed moral.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 8, 2006
While Cars may cross the finish line ahead of any of 2006's other animated films, it's several laps behind its Pixar siblings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jessica Reaves
Chicago Tribune
June 8, 2006
While it's a technically perfect movie, its tone is too manic, its characters too jaded and, in the end, its story too empty to stand up to expectations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
June 8, 2006
It's the latest concoction from the geniuses at Pixar, probably the most inventive of the Computer Generated Imagery shop -- and the film's great fun, if well under the level of the first Toy Story.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
June 8, 2006
... both in its ingratiating vibe and bland execution, Cars is nothing if not totally, disappointingly new-age Disney ...
| Original Score: 2/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
June 8, 2006
What's surprising about this supremely engaging film is the source of its curb appeal: It has heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
June 8, 2006
The truest measure of the movie is that eventually we forget we're watching a bunch of vehicles with faces and start to think of them as individual characters. It's quite an accomplishment, and perhaps one only possible by Pixar.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 8, 2006
It takes everything that's made Pixar shorthand for animation excellence -- strong characters, tight pacing, spot-on voice casting, a warm sense of humor and visuals that are pure, pixilated bliss -- and carries them to the next stage.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 8, 2006
Cars, although obviously the product of highly gifted and hard-working animators, is something of a misfire.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
June 8, 2006
Cars gives you plenty of time to think, some of which you may wish to use wondering why it isn't a better movie.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
June 8, 2006
And as pop flies go, Cars is pretty to watch, even as it loops, drifts and, at times, looks as if it's just hanging in midair.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 8, 2006
At almost 2 hours, the movie, well, exhausts its welcome, somehow managing to be simultaneously frenetic and leaden.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
June 8, 2006
Cars cheerfully hitches cutting-edge animation to a folksy narrative plugging friendship, community and a Luddite mistrust of high tech.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
June 7, 2006
A work of American art as classic as it is modern.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
June 7, 2006
By previous Pixar standards, it's a weak sort of win.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
June 6, 2006
What ultimately redeems Cars from turning out a total lemon is its soul. Lasseter loves these animated inanimate objects as though they were kin, and it shows in every beautifully rendered frame.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
June 5, 2006
Cars inspires more admiration than elation. It dazzles even as it disappoints.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
June 5, 2006
While the other guys are still hawking talking animals, the folks at Pixar continue to up the anthropomorphic ante with terrific characters and crowd-pleasing storytelling that are as much a part of the company's much-deserved success as all that state-of
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Brian Lowry
Variety
June 5, 2006
Despite representing another impressive technical achievement, it's the least visually interesting of the computer-animation boutique's movies, and -- in an ironic twist for a story about auto racing -- drifts slowly through its semi-arid midsection.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
May 30, 2006
Existing both in turbo-charged today and the gentler '50s, straddling the realms of Pixar styling and old Disney heart, this new-model Cars is an instant classic.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 30, 2006
I found it really touching. I mean this is a worthy edition to the great Pixar library.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 27, 2006
Fueled with plenty of humor, action, heartfelt drama, and amazing new technical feats, Cars is a high octane delight for moviegoers of all ages.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
There are many other brilliant scenes, some just as funny but there are just as many occasions where you feel the film's struggling to fire on all cylinders. Still, it's a Pixar film, right? And they're always worth a gander no matter what anyone says.