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Monsters University Reviews

Christy Lemire
ChristyLemire.com
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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.

Full Review Source: ChristyLemire.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 8, 2013
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

July 9, 2013
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
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This is a safe, predictable, edge-free, nearly bland effort from a studio that rarely hedges its bets.

Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 21, 2013
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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As prequels go, Monsters University is pretty nifty.

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

June 21, 2013
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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.

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

June 21, 2013
Matt Zoller Seitz
Chicago Sun-Times
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[It] is true to the spirit of the original film, "Monsters Inc.", and matches its tone. But it never seems content to turn over old ground.

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

June 21, 2013
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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[It] conforms to [Pixar's] apparent drift toward the average, with toy sales taking priority over originality.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 21, 2013
Tom Long
Detroit News
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'Monsters University" is an imaginative, raucous, wildly inventive cartoon of a movie.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B-

June 21, 2013
Bob Mondello
NPR
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What hasn't advanced is the plotting, which was nothing special last time and is so formulaic now that it's basically surprise-free.

Full Review Source: NPR

June 21, 2013
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Monsters University is cute, and funny, and the animation, though not exactly inspired, is certainly colorful.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

June 21, 2013
Dana Stevens
Slate
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I'm not sure I needed to revisit Mike and Sulley's world 12 years later (or, looked at from their point of view, earlier). But once you find yourself whisked over the threshold, it's a colorful, funny, charming place to spend an afternoon.

Full Review Source: Slate

June 20, 2013
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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The result is a charming addition to the Monsters canon.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3/4

June 20, 2013
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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Mostly memorable for being fine but forgettable.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 20, 2013
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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It's an awful disappointment-and one more reason to worry about Pixar's future under Disney ownership.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

June 20, 2013
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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An amusing and amiable addition to Pixar's roster of animated coming-of-age stories.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3/4

June 20, 2013
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
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Animation, monsters and the Socratic method? Scanlon and the crew make it work.

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

June 20, 2013
Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
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Director Dan Scanlon and his creative team pay exquisite attention to each delicious detail, including young Mike's retainer that gleams each time he grins.

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

June 20, 2013
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Despite its brainy title, "Monsters University" only earns a passing grade on its looks.

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

June 20, 2013
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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"Monsters University" has an emotional quality that its whimsical predecessor lacked.

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

June 20, 2013
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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Both the originality and stirring emotional complexity of "Monsters, Inc.," with its exquisitely painful and touching parallels with the human world, are missing ...

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

June 20, 2013
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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The under-5 set may find it funny, though I suspect their parents will be checking their watches a lot, as I did.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

June 20, 2013
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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It's all infectious fun, despite the lack of originality. In the art of tickling funny bones, Crystal and Goodman earn straight A's.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 3/4

June 20, 2013
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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No better or worse than the average (and I mean average) time-filling sequel cranked out by other animation houses.

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

June 20, 2013
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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The movie is not up to the company's highest standards, but it's certainly better than most other kid flicks you'll see this year.

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

June 20, 2013
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A pleasant cartoon from a studio that once consistently amazed us.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 20, 2013
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Everything's okay. Good, even. Pixar has nobody to blame but itself for making us expect more.

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

June 20, 2013
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Not every film can be a "Finding Nemo" or a "Ratatouille."

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

June 20, 2013
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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The artwork is accomplished, and intricate. The G-rating is genuine, without any gross-out gags. And there's none of the usual winks to the adults with tired, pop-culture references.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 20, 2013
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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This is not a bad movie, and to small children it will be a very good one. But it is closer to average than one would wish ...

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 19, 2013
Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
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Monsters University is exactly the rebound Pixar needed after 2011's Cars 2 left some wondering if the studio had lost its magic.

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

June 19, 2013
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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"Monsters University" is one of those movies that has absolutely no reason to exist, but once you've seen it, you're kind of glad it does.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 19, 2013
Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
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Even when Pixar isn't aspiring to an idea, it has a way with genre.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

June 18, 2013
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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If the film lacks the heartbreaking quality of Pixar's revolutionary best, there's no demerit in playing it solid and safe for a change.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/5

June 18, 2013
Charlie McCollum
San Jose Mercury News
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"Monsters University" is fine family entertainment with something for the adults and a lot for the kids.

Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News | Original Score: 3/4

June 18, 2013
Jordan Hoffman
Film.com
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The company that married state of the art computer animation with striking, creative storytelling has transformed, sadly, into something else: a production house that bangs out kids' films

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: 5.5/10

June 18, 2013
Jake Coyle
Associated Press
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Pixar's ''Monsters University'' might not be as gifted as some of its other movies, but sometimes it's alright to be OK.

Full Review Source: Associated Press | Original Score: 3/4

June 17, 2013
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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This minor film with major charms still deserves to have kids dragging their parents to the multiplex for one more peek at the monsters in the closet. With Pixar, familiarity breeds content.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

June 14, 2013
Justin Chang
Variety
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Scanlon deals honestly and inventively with the hard reality that some talents can't be taught and some dreams remain unfulfilled.

Full Review Source: Variety

June 10, 2013
Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
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It should be remedial school, not an institution of higher learning, for Monsters University, an alarmingly lame effort from Pixar, the Oxbridge of animation studios.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

June 10, 2013
Alonso Duralde
The Wrap
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Falling squarely between the studio's classics and its decidedly lesser work, Monsters University is a solidly average Pixar effort, one that brings laughs to the kegger, but you'll be hard-pressed to remember it at the reunion in 10 years.

Full Review Source: The Wrap

June 9, 2013
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