Cars 2

Cars 2

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Cars 2 Reviews

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

Full Review Source: TheWrap

October 7, 2011
Derek Adams
Time Out
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Time, perhaps, for the franchise to be towed off to the scrapyard. Sorry, Pixar.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

July 19, 2011
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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It's an example of what a sequel should, or at least can, be.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

June 24, 2011
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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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).

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B-

June 24, 2011
Logan Hill
New York Magazine/Vulture
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...by Pixar's outrageous standards of Oscar shoo-in virtuosity, this sequel is a disappointment at best.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

June 24, 2011
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 24, 2011
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Not that Cars 2 is an actively bad animated film. It's just sort of an average animated film.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C

June 24, 2011
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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Unlike most Pixar fare, this isn't a movie you can imagine many adults wanting to see without their children in tow.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

June 24, 2011
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Although it would be unfair to label Cars 2 as unwatchable, it is surprisingly tedious in parts and not as satisfying as one might expect.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 24, 2011
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Someone must like Mater, who's already had his own spinoff TV show. Just as someone must like Larry the Cable Guy, who voices him. But that someone isn't me, and if it isn't you, you're in for one very long matinee.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2/4

June 24, 2011
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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As lovable as Mater is, let's face it: A little bit of Larry the Cable Guy goes a long way.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2/4

June 24, 2011
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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They said it couldn't be done. But Pixar proved the yaysayers wrong when it made its first bad movie, "Cars." Now it has worsted itself with the even more awful "Cars 2."

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

June 24, 2011
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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Lasseter and his team's pitch-perfect way with genre cliches revs up the espionage subplot.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

June 24, 2011
William Goss
Film.com
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It's a worthwhile diversion... but let's hope that Lasseter and friends soon return to the emotional ambition that has made Pixar such a reliable brand to date.

Full Review Source: Film.com

June 24, 2011
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Cars 2 demonstrates that not every hit movie merits a sequel.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 23, 2011
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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"Cars 2" teaches gentle kid-friendly lessons about the importance of friendship and being yourself and introduces some great new characters in its parallel spy drama and auto racing plots.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 23, 2011
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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In terms of story and atmosphere and overall feeling, "Cars 2" is a brand-new experience - and a distinct improvement.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

June 23, 2011
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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The law of averages has finally caught up with the most remarkable studio in modern movie history, the dream factory that lived up to Buzz Lightyear's joyous cry of "To infinity and beyond." This frenzied sequel seldom gets beyond mediocrity.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

June 23, 2011
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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We've come to expect perfection from Pixar, mostly because Pixar expects perfection from itself.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B+

June 23, 2011
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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"Cars 2" might be a better James Bond film than five or six of the actual Bond films, and the fact that its hero is a bucktoothed, redneck tow truck without a hood does nothing to detract from its (admittedly modest) appeal.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

June 23, 2011
Dana Stevens
Slate
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It's sweet-spirited, visually delightful (if aurally cacophonous), and it will make for a pleasant enough family afternoon at the movies. But we've come to expect so much more than mere pleasantness from Pixar that Cars 2 feels almost like a betrayal.

Full Review Source: Slate

June 23, 2011
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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The original movie has been debugged and rethought. It's funnier and sharper.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

June 23, 2011
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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With "Cars 2," Pixar goes somewhere new: the ditch.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

June 23, 2011
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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The movie is an interesting reminder of how very, very high the Pixar wizards have set the bar. Sometimes they make masterpieces; sometimes, as in this case, they just make pretty good movies.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

June 23, 2011
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Despite the bucktoothed charm of the truck named Mater and a plot that pays lip service to alternative fuels, the John Lasseter-directed animation does not turn the lemon into lemonade.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 23, 2011
Charlie McCollum
San Jose Mercury News
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[Pixar]t has set such a high bar with what it has done with animation and storytelling over its 25 years that when it falls short -- and it does fall short with Cars 2 -- the disappointment can make a perfectly good, entertaining movie seem like a letdown.

Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 23, 2011
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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I blow a piston whenever 2006's Cars gets trashed as the runt of the Pixar litter. The sequel is a tire-burning burst of action and fun with a beating heart under its hood.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 23, 2011
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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This being Pixar, Cars 2 looks fantastic, but the studio has never given audiences -- especially audiences over the age of 10 -- less reason to be emotionally invested in the beautiful shiny things flying across the screen.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C-

June 23, 2011
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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At a time when some "grown-up" action films are relentlessly shallow and stupid, here is a movie with such complexity that even the cars sometimes have to pause and explain it to themselves.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 23, 2011
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Despite its technical and design finesse, this ranks as Pixar's weakest project to date, as well as the first from the animation powerhouse that can be described as craven.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

June 23, 2011
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Pixar had never produced a clunker, but with "Cars 2," the animation studio has not only stalled, it's gone into reverse.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 23, 2011
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
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Of all the great Pixar films and franchises, "Cars" is perhaps the most difficult to embrace.

Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com | Original Score: 3/5

June 23, 2011
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Mater is dumb, excitable and puppy-dog loyal, his idiot-savant automotive expertise grounded in humble, blue-collar simplicity. I doubt anyone will protest much, but Pixar has now found its redneck Jar-Jar Binks. Such a proud moment.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 23, 2011
Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
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This is Mater's movie. It's a Materthon. I would call it Materific if he didn't leave me longing for WALLE's robot to crush him into a silent cube.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

June 23, 2011
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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The constantly shifting scenery and the over-reliance on Mater's idiocy combine to produce a fatigue not common to better Pixar efforts.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 23, 2011
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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At least Cars 2 looks as expertly sleek and sturdy as audiences have come to expect from the standard-setting animation company, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

June 22, 2011
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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It's sometimes funny, often silly but never really transcendent, though the same could probably be said of the original, as well.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

June 22, 2011
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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You never believe any of the movie's homilies are more than shallow truisms tacked onto an overlong toy commercial.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

June 22, 2011
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Yes, "Cars 2″ is better than "Cars."

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/4

June 22, 2011
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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Cars 2 is such a mess, it makes the original look like it ought to rank among Pixar's masterpieces by comparison.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

June 21, 2011
Nick Schager
Village Voice
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Notwithstanding John Turturro's amusingly smug Italian F1 speedster and a few lighthearted jabs at Japanese TV and technology, Cars 2 generally remains stuck in neutral.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

June 21, 2011
Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
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A light summer feast for the senses that will have the whole family vrooming, for sure.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 4/5

June 21, 2011
Justin Chang
Variety
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The rare sequel that improves on its predecessor, this lightning-paced caper-comedy shifts the franchise into high gear with international intrigue, spy-movie spoofery and more automotive puns than you can shake a stickshift at.

Full Review Source: Variety

June 20, 2011
Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
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Lightning and Mater mix it up with Formula 1 and spies in yet another Pixar winner.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

June 20, 2011
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