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Monsters, Inc. Reviews

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
January 15, 2013
It's in the visuals that 'Monsters Inc' comes to life, from the jazzy, Norman McLaren influenced opening to the hilarious, shakycam amateur-dramatic recap over the closing credits.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Stephan Lee
Entertainment Weekly
December 19, 2012
It may be harder nowadays to dazzle audiences with fancy visual effects, but Monsters, Inc. 3D proves that smart, imaginative storytelling still does the trick every time.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
December 19, 2012
Most of the charm of "Monsters Inc." comes from its vocal cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
December 18, 2012
If history is any guide, you and your family - whether young or old - will probably want to see "Monsters University" over and over.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Rob Salem
Toronto Star
December 18, 2012
The movie itself stands up well, even from an adult, two-dimensional perspective.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 18, 2012
Its reassuring message is more relevant than ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
September 1, 2008
The good guys are those who realize that laughter is stronger than fear. That's a message worth taking to heart these jittery days.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
September 1, 2008
The excellent basic ideas have yielded too few twists and dramatic junctures to keep the picture flying at the level at which it starts.
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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
June 20, 2007
The analogy to our dependence on, say, oil is soon abandoned, the better to blur the distinction between abstract and concrete--something older viewers of this 2001 animated adventure may appreciate more than younger ones.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The balance tilts towards action and gags, and does them gloriously.
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Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
L.A. Weekly
September 16, 2002
A visual triumph.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 22, 2002
I enjoyed it.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
November 14, 2001
The plot premises of Monsters, Inc. strike me as downright peculiar for a supposed children's entertainment.
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
November 3, 2001
It's agreeable and often funny, and adults who take their kids to see it might be surprised to find themselves having a pretty good time.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
November 2, 2001
Supple and technologically sophisticated entertainment.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
November 2, 2001
An amusing family fable.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Mike Clark
USA Today
November 2, 2001
Though the comedy is sometimes more frenetic than inspired and viewer emotions are rarely touched to any notable degree, the movie is as visually inventive as its Pixar predecessors.
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
November 2, 2001
Though a bit indulgent of its star power at times, Monsters is funny and sweet enough to delight kids and inventive enough to satisfy adults.
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
November 2, 2001
As with the Toy Story saga, Monsters, Inc. uses juicy digital artistry, hip savoir faire and vaudeville razzmatazz to inquire about the nature of imagination itself.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 2, 2001
A worthy competitor to DreamWorks' Shrek for the first Best Animated Feature Oscar.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
November 2, 2001
Apart from one lovely scene -- where the monsters and child climb over a moving assembly line of doors, leaping in and out of different realities -- Monsters, Inc. fails to develop the poetic richness of its metaphor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
November 2, 2001
'Polished' is the operative word; the dialogue gleams like the assembly line at Monsters, Inc.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 2, 2001
A winner from beginning to end.
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
November 2, 2001
Monsters, Inc. just can't figure out how to elaborate on and flesh out this parallel universe in a way that stays novel. It opts for an easy plot development -- and a babyish one at that.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 2, 2001
Monsters, Inc. is cheerful, high-energy fun, and like the other Pixar movies, has a running supply of gags and references aimed at grownups.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
November 2, 2001
Skillfully done, and more than passably enjoyable.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Melanie McFarland
Seattle Times
November 2, 2001
A marvelous combination of lollipop visuals, brilliant screenwriting, sharp comedic timing and, above all, overflowing amounts of heart.
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
November 2, 2001
Despite its relatively brief running time, Monsters lets us get to know each of its characters well enough to miss them when they're gone.
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
November 2, 2001
What makes Monsters, Inc. so wonderful is that it's about scream deficit, yet all great cartoons are powered by screams. It's a tribute to noise, so how can you not fall in love with it?
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
November 1, 2001
Movies like Monsters, Inc. literally make you feel like a kid again, marveling at the joyously inventive sights before you, and that's a feat that should not be taken lightly.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
November 1, 2001
Monsters, Inc. has its charms but can't match its predecessors' sophistication.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
November 1, 2001
It's an 800-pound gorilla of a movie, and now PDI has the challenge of answering back.
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
November 1, 2001
This is a film to watch, to enjoy, but not to remember with warmth. Sulley and Boo remain two potentially charming characters waiting for a movie that will cherish them.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
November 1, 2001
The illusion of life just gets more and more convincing in these computer-animated movies, and in Monsters, Inc., it is truly remarkable.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 1, 2001
Shrek is a scintilla funnier, Toy Story 2 a hair's breadth more poignant, but MI is every bit as imaginative and lovable as these other contemporary animation classics.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 1, 2001
Indeed, Monsters, Inc. has got that swing, that zippity, multilevel awareness of kids'-eye sensibilities and adult-pitched humor.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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November 1, 2001
If you have young kids, Monsters, Inc. should be a holiday stop.
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
November 1, 2001
Every bit as sly-witted as Shrek but not nearly so self-conscious.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 31, 2001
It's the Pixar animators who keep grown-ups as riveted as the kids with visual marvels that dazzle and delight.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
October 30, 2001
Turns out to be stingy on context, commentary, and the prism-ing view of pop culture that made the earlier films mint.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 30, 2001
Reaffirms the fact that a good animated film can be every bit as stimulating and emotionally satisfying a motion picture as a high quality live action endeavor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
October 29, 2001
A witty, uncommonly intelligent and savvy journey into the world of childhood nightmares.