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Cars 2 (2011)



Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 204
Fresh: 80 | Rotten: 124

Cars 2 is as visually appealing as any other Pixar production, but all that dazzle can't disguise the rusty storytelling under the hood.


Average Rating: 6.1/10
Critic Reviews: 44
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 26

Cars 2 is as visually appealing as any other Pixar production, but all that dazzle can't disguise the rusty storytelling under the hood.



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Star racecar Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) and the incomparable tow truck Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) take their friendship to exciting new places in Cars 2 when they head overseas to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix to determine the world's fastest car. But the road to the championship is filled with plenty of potholes, detours and hilarious surprises when Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage. Mater finds himself torn between assisting

Nov 1, 2011


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All Critics (205) | Top Critics (44) | Fresh (80) | Rotten (124) | DVD (9)

Don't tell the kids, but Santa Claus isn't real and Pixar is fallible.

October 7, 2011 Full Review Source: TheWrap | Comments (6)
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Time, perhaps, for the franchise to be towed off to the scrapyard. Sorry, Pixar.

July 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comments (2)
Time Out
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It's an example of what a sequel should, or at least can, be.

June 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Newsday | Comments (17)
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Cars 2 is marginally better than its predecessor, but the same problem still remains: Cars just aren't very interesting as anthropomorphic animation vehicles (pun intended).

June 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Comments (2)
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Top Critic IconTop Critic Pixar's outrageous standards of Oscar shoo-in virtuosity, this sequel is a disappointment at best.

June 24, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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Larry the Cable Guy has helped make Mater one of Pixar's sweetest creations. He just happens to reside in the studio's least-magical franchise.

June 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Denver Post | Comments (9)
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Undoubtedly flawed, this animated film is still (barely) worth seeing.

June 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
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Minor Pixar, but it would be a major film were it made by just about anyone else. I, for one, will not get greedy.

June 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin

Unlike the duller than duller "Cars," this is better than the toys they sell along with it.

January 2, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Despite a more interesting plot, Cars 2 still leans on a number of problems established in the first film -- specifically leading men, Lightning McQueen and Mater.

October 2, 2012 Full Review Source: ScreenRant

Cars 2 is a very messy concoction, but it does prove entertaining every once in a while.

January 29, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN DVD | Comment (1)

With Cars 2 it seems Pixar may have fallen on the self-made sword of success. But even for adult audiences, it is no more than middling - it is neither terribly good nor terrible, but it still out-performs the majority of rival animation studios' output.

January 2, 2012 Full Review Source: What Culture | Comments (2)
What Culture

It's so eye-popping that Cars 2 easily ranks as one of the best 3D entries this year.

December 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Comments (2)
Movie Metropolis

...Cars 2 is a bright and breezy excursion that avoids the slow patches the original had...

December 7, 2011 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

Cars dazzled my eyes and warmed my heart. Cars 2 ... inspired resistance instead of welcome.

November 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Looking Closer
Looking Closer

Kids will be entertained and so will adults. I just didn't find myself particularly engaged.

November 1, 2011 Full Review Source:

The action is non-stop and pleasing to the eye, but somewhere along the way, Pixar's soul was left behind.

October 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

The summer's first must-see family film is another cross-generational treasure from Pixar-Disney, with a full tank of humor, high-tech animation in the service of a good story, and heart.

September 8, 2011 Full Review Source: American Profile | Comment (1)
American Profile

unlikely to be regarded among the best of the American studios' work, Cars 2 is a likeable sequel with dazzling visuals and adheres to everything Disney stands for.

September 1, 2011 Full Review Source: The National
The National

Pixar's first bad film relies more on merchandising opportunities than storytelling ones.

August 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Comment (1)
Cinema Sight

The whole thing's basically Theseus' paradox as performed by a cast of sentient automobiles.

July 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Ultra Culture | Comment (1)
Ultra Culture

Though technically up to snuff, it's flat-footed stuff.

July 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Visuals look spectacular and action sequences take full advantage of the 3D format so you feel like you are burning rubber down winding roads at dizzying speed.

July 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Liverpool Echo
Liverpool Echo

Cars 2 won't win any new converts, but will sell an awful lot of car toys.

July 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Film4 | Comments (4)

It is all quite jolly and fast-paced, a feast for the eyes, but there's not much for the mind or the heart.

July 22, 2011 Full Review Source: This is London | Comment (1)
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Audience Reviews for Cars 2

A better, more inventive film than the first. I think I quite liked it, probably because I had feared the worst. The voice talent was quite impressive, as was the animation, script and story. It's then that I think that is is a shame it's all about cars. The story would have been better had it been about something else I think but I guess they've got to sell toys somehow!
January 3, 2014

Super Reviewer

Mediocre sequel to Cars, Cars 2 is the first disappointing effort from Pixar. The film is not awful beyond belief as so many viewers have led you to believe, but it's not good either. The film tries to outdo the original by adding so many elements to a film that used a simple storyline to tell a story that just grabbed your attention. With this sequel, the story is all over the place, and has an espionage sub story, that frankly is boring, and doesn't work in the scheme of things. Mater who was a great character is annoying in this one, and the filmmakers have made him look a lot dumber, which in turn ruined it. I thought the best character was Michael Caine's character in this one, and even Caine's great voice performance couldn't save this one from being a good film. The biggest problem of the film is that there is way too much going on on-screen, not to mention that everything presented before you is ridiculous and not very funny. The gags feel strained and uninspired. They just end up falling flat, and in turn Cars 2 falls short of being a memorable Pixar feature and that's a shame because this film really could have been good. I really enjoyed the first film because it relied on a simple story and the characters were likeable and the film was funny. This film is just a case of being way too ambitious and in turn there's little structure to make this film stick together. There is nothing here to really salvage the film, and it ends up falling short. In turn, this film dumbs down on what the first film did so well. In the end, this is just a disappointing movie that should have kept to the basics, instead of making things complicated and making mater such an irritating character in the first place. Cars 2 is forgettable.
November 6, 2013
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

Cars 2 proves that Pixar has its flops and flaws. Even though its animation is amazing, the sequel to the 2006 film is very underwhelming in story and delivery. Disney/Pixar attempt once again to develop a franchise as it successfully did with 'Toy Story' but this sequel appears flat and unnecessary for those who enjoy Pixar's films or animated films in general. 2.5/5
July 24, 2013
Eugene Bernabe

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    1. Mater: I'm not a spy!
    – Submitted by Jarrod P (19 months ago)
    1. Finn McMissile: I'm looking for a car.
    – Submitted by Matthew R (21 months ago)
    1. Mater: Whatever you do, do not eat the free pistachio ice cream!
    – Submitted by Matthew G (22 months ago)
    1. Mater: Stay away from me!
    – Submitted by Bobby K (23 months ago)
    1. Holly Shiftwell: A good agent gets what he can, then gets out before he's killed.
    – Submitted by Maria R (2 years ago)
    1. Finn McMissile: Friendships can be dangerous in our line of work, Mater.
    – Submitted by Maria R (2 years ago)
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