Cars 2 (2011) - Rotten Tomatoes

Cars 2 (2011)



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

Movie Info

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 Lightning McQueen in the high-profile race and towing the line in a top-secret mission orchestrated by master British super spy Finn McMissile (Michael Caine) and the stunning spy-in-training Holley Shiftwell (Emily Mortimer). -- (C) Disneymore
Rating: G
Genre: Action & Adventure, Animation, Kids & Family, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Dan Fogelman, Ben Queen
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 1, 2011
Box Office: $191.5M
Walt Disney Pictures/PIXAR - Official Site


Owen Wilson
as Lightning McQueen
John Turturro
as Francesco Bernoulli
Eddie Izzard
as Miles Axlerod
Michael Caine
as Finn McMissile
Emily Mortimer
as Holly Shiftwell
Jason Isaacs
as Siddeley/Leland Turb...
Thomas Kretschmann
as Professor Zundapp
Franco Nero
as Uncle Topolino
Vanessa Redgrave
as The Queen/Mama Topol...
Jeff Gordon
as Jeff Gorvette
Darell Waltrip
as Darrell Cartrip
David Hobbs
as David Hobbscap
Sig Hansen
as Crabby
Brent Musberger
as Brent Mustangburger
Lloyd Sherr
as Fillmore/Combat Ship...
Bruce Campbell
as Rod "Torque" Redline
Lewis Hamilton
as Lewis Hamilton
Teresa Gallagher
as Mater's Computer
John Mainieri
as J. Curby Gremlin
Velibor Topic
as Alexander Hugo
Stanley Townsend
as Victor Hugo/Vladimir...
Patrick Walker
as Mel Dorado
Brad Lewis
as Tubbs Pacer
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News & Interviews for Cars 2

Critic Reviews for Cars 2

All Critics (206) | Top Critics (44)

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

Full Review… | October 7, 2011
Top Critic

A fairly disastrous sequel...

Full Review… | August 16, 2015
Reel Film Reviews

Undoubtedly flawed, this animated film is still (barely) worth seeing.

Full Review… | June 30, 2013
Big Hollywood

Minor Pixar, but it would be a major film were it made by just about anyone else. I, for one, will not get greedy.

Full Review… | June 22, 2013

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

Full Review… | January 2, 2013
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.

Full Review… | October 2, 2012

Audience Reviews for Cars 2


First pretty sure the 3d was useless. Really not needed. Second this is Pixar and the movie looked amazing. Nothing short of stunning.

The problem with Cars 2 is it really is the mater show. My daughter liked the entire movie. But to me it was James Bond with mater. Unfortunately for me Larry the Cable Guy is not my cup of tea and his humor ratcheted it up to be every minute of the show was a bit much to me.

The good parts of Cars 2 is that everyone else does actually do well in their parts and makes it worth while. By far not the best Pixar movie but far from horrible. My daughter enjoyed the whole thing from beginning to end and was extremely happy.

John Manard

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.

Alex roy

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

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

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