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Monsters University (2013)

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78

Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 183
Fresh: 143 | Rotten: 40

It doesn't scale the heights of Pixar's finest efforts, but Monsters University is still funny and thoughtful family entertainment for viewers of any age.

77

Average Rating: 6.9/10
Critic Reviews: 43
Fresh: 33 | Rotten: 10

It doesn't scale the heights of Pixar's finest efforts, but Monsters University is still funny and thoughtful family entertainment for viewers of any age.

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Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan are an inseparable pair, but that wasn't always the case. From the moment these two mismatched monsters met they couldn't stand each other. "Monsters University" unlocks the door to how Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and became the best of friends. -- (C) Walt Disney

Oct 29, 2013

$268.5M

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It is essentially Revenge of the Nerds, with fur. And scales. And whatever gooey, gelatinous substance comprises the outer coating of various other oddball creatures in this crazy parallel world.

August 8, 2013 Full Review Source: ChristyLemire.com
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Studios don't often seem to be thinking about the ideal moviegoer, just about the maximum number of moviegoers ... Pixar is no different in that regard, but even in this relatively fallow period ... it's never stopped thinking the most of us.

July 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Grantland
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It has enough of the right stuff to haunt the imagination long after the immediate buzz of its fluffy-furred cuteness has melted away. For a mere prequel, that's a result.

July 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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This is a safe, predictable, edge-free, nearly bland effort from a studio that rarely hedges its bets.

June 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com
Richard Roeper.com
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As prequels go, Monsters University is pretty nifty.

June 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor
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Although it falls short of the best Pixar has brought to the screen over its long association with Disney, it's nevertheless worth a trip to the theater, especially for kids.

June 21, 2013 Full Review Source: ReelViews
ReelViews
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With its juvenile orientation, uninspired gags, and disappointing lack of pathos, it's a close cousin to A Bug's Life, and certain to be just as forgotten.

March 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Proof that Pixar still has that intangible magic, and is able to make movies for children, adults - and the adults of tomorrow.

January 22, 2014 Full Review Source: The Verge
The Verge

Animated prequel explains how polar opposite protagonists Sulley and Mike met and became the best of friends.

January 19, 2014
Baret News

Animated gem Monsters, Inc was so hilariously inventive and original that it's hardly surprising that Monsters University can't quite recapture its predecessor's magic, yet it's still packed with witty dialogue, sly visual gags and boisterous action.

January 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

Pixar continues its unabated string of hits with this fascinating prequel to their celebrated "Monsters, Inc." In many ways, this film is better than its predecessor.

December 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

Animated film about monster college students competing to become the scariest one of them all.

December 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

This one feels flat in both the visual invention and gag departments, even in 3-D!

November 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

It may not be as inventive as the original, but there's still plenty here to coax a smile, and it's still great family entertainment.

October 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Directed by Dan Scanlon, whose PIXAR association includes stints working on "Cars," "Brave" and the short film "Mater and the Ghostlights," "Monster's University" is a worthy prequel to what is arguably one of PIXAR's greatest achievements.

July 20, 2013 Full Review Source: MediaMikes
MediaMikes

Pixar's funniest film to date

July 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Record [UK]
Daily Record [UK]

There's a rather tired, willed atmosphere hanging over it.

July 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Do these movies have to be so unremittingly bland?

July 13, 2013 Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray
The Ooh Tray

One day, it will be interesting to see in which order children will prefer to play the DVDs of the two Monsters' films. For now, many adults will find the new version has been 'Disneyfied' at the expense of Pixar's more poetic core values.

July 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail
Birmingham Mail

The loose and familiar interplay between Crystal and Goodman drives the film and gives it endless charm, with Mirren a glorious addition to the cast ...

July 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

So many movies, these days, are about nerds and their market value. Dan Scanlon's prequel is the newest, but already feels old.

July 12, 2013 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

A worthy addition to the Pixar class of classics.

July 12, 2013 Full Review Source: SFX Magazine
SFX Magazine

If you enjoyed Monsters, Inc 12 years ago then you're not going to be disappointed even if it does feel a little slight at times.

July 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

It's a strong look at the genesis of a satisfying partnership, but it could be stronger if it trusted that partnership to carry the story.

July 11, 2013 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

Audience Reviews for Monsters University

After seeing 'Frozen', 'The Lego Movie' and 'How to Train Your Dragon 2', my admiration for this movie has diminished severely. But hey, it was fun while it lasted.
August 6, 2014
Liam Gadd

Super Reviewer

For the children a morality tale told cute about never giving up, perserverence. For the teens to adults crowd eplentiful (yet little) jokes referencing school days, sold with familiar, if cartoon, faces and voices. All in all not a bad way to spend some time though nowhere near the masterpiece Toy Story 3 turned out to be.
February 1, 2014
ApeneckFletcher

Super Reviewer

Dedicated but not-very-scary monster Mike teams up with a frightening but undisciplined Sully and a team of misfits to win the Monsters University scare games and earn a spot in the Scaring Program. It's basically Pixar's Monsters version of REVENGE OF THE NERDS, but it's a pleasant diversion.
December 16, 2013
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Greg S

Super Reviewer

Though nowhere near the power of Up and The Incredibles, Monsters University is still enjoyable, lively, charming, and chalk-full of typical, well-timed Pixar humor. Some of the characters are not as engaging nor as memorable as those in other Pixar efforts, and the plot is derivative of other college movies. But besides these flaws, it's worth seeing for any Pixar fans.
December 9, 2013
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

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    1. Young Mike: I found a nickel! Sure wish I had pockets.
    – Submitted by Peter A (5 months ago)
    1. Terry: Hi. I'm Terry with a Y...
    2. Terri: And I'm Terri with an I! I'm a dance major!
    3. Terry: And I'm not.
    – Submitted by Sara J (8 months ago)
    1. Squishy: My names Scott Squibbles. My friends call me Squishy.
    – Submitted by Michael P (9 months ago)
    1. Squishy: Good luck girls.
    2. PNK Carrie: Thanks! Were gonna rip you to pieces.
    – Submitted by Michael P (9 months ago)
    1. Young Mike: How do I become a scarer?
    – Submitted by Michael P (9 months ago)
    1. Art: Yeah, I wanna touch them!
    – Submitted by Danny F (9 months ago)
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