Tomatometer Watch: Will Toy Story 3 Stay Perfect?

Summary

"Toy Story 3" is not only one of the season's most anticipated movies, but the critical success of the first two toy-filled adventures give this sequel the unenviable, yet very enviable distinction of having to maintain what could be the most dominant streak of freshness in Tomatometer history. At the time of publication, "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2" have combined for 214 reviews, all of which have been fresh. So while Woody and Buzz are no strangers to pressure and in fact, appear to do their best work under extreme circumstances, the film's level of critical and fan expectation is unprecedented. In this third and possibly final installment, a misunderstanding between Andy and his mom sees the toys wind up at Sunnyside daycare, which initially seems like a joyous, utopian retirement where they'll experience the excitement of being played with when Andy goes to college. However, the toys discover that this move came as a result of a misunderstanding and is not the vacation they thought it was. Before you take a trip into the walls of Sunnyside with the beloved cast, find out if the critics think "3" takes the series to infinity and beyond, and if the spotless Toy Story streak continues with this next installment. Back to Article

Comments

morgan w.

morgan work

Armond White still has a job because of all the douchebags that click on his site waiting to read his next bad review.He probably gets more hits on his site than 75% of the other critics here. Just avoid the idiot all together!

Jun 14 - 02:39 PM

 S Man

shawn mcmillion

Armond White agrres with the tomatometer only 52% that should tell you something.

Jun 14 - 02:45 PM

Drew G.

Drew Gerke

Am I the only one who doesn't like these movies? I'm not 12 years old anymore so these movies seem incredibly boring to me. But granted my favorite movies are along the lines of American History X, Deer Hunter, Scarface, and Casino, among other war dramas and crime dramas. So I guess these movies just dont fit my taste at all. They are pretty much the exact opposite. But I still dont understand how anyone who has graduated high school can enjoy these movies. Talking toys? Really? Not hating on the movies. Just dont understand all the hype by anyone that is over the age of 13.

Jun 14 - 03:18 PM

manwithoutfear19

Daniel Raimondi

its just that we're seeing out of nostalgia from the last 2,but my expectations aren't very high

Scarface in my opinion sucked except for Pacino

Jun 14 - 04:01 PM

Francisco S.

Francisco Suarez

Yeah I think you are. I love Casino, scarface, American history X, goodfellas, all those types of movies too, yet toy story is still amazing. You can still tell an amazing story with talking toys. Stop trying to be the cool kid on the block and hate on well made animated films. Try opening your mind to other genres than just violence, there's a lot of good stuff out there.

Jun 14 - 04:17 PM

Mr. Dufresne

Chip McNair

Agreed. The Toy Stories are great. Don't try to tell me it's all about nostalgia, because it isn't. I am nostalgic, but that sure as heck isn't the reason I've been so excited for this movie. The first two films are witty, clever, with great storytelling, great characters, and great themes that can relate to everyday life. So Drew G., if you think you're suddenly big and cool for not liking Toy Story and liking those other movies, you're not; I'm convinced you're a 14 year-old who wants to prove he likes "grown up" movies.

For the record, I haven't seen many gangster pics, but I'm a fan of films like Jaws, The Shawshank Redemption (see my Avatar), and Raiders of the Lost Ark to name a few.

Jun 14 - 05:06 PM

Andy G.

Andy Graves

If you check Drew G's profile, he gave Moon a 0% that should say it all really.

Jun 15 - 08:49 AM

August M.

Agustin Macias

Your just a douche. "Oh look at me I like violence and swearing movies because I'm more adult than anyone." You need to grow up and enjoy other genres, because violence and swears are the most childish aspects in a movie if not handled correctly.

Jun 14 - 06:56 PM

Bob M.

Bob Mark

You can't understand our way of thinking? Well we're even, because I can't understand yours.

I don't understand where this kind of mentality comes from, that just because you are an adult, you can't enjoy kid friendly animated films. I'm 21 years old and I love Pixar's films.

Jun 15 - 12:13 PM

EllenPageIsMyArchitect.

Joshua Medicoff

I was chacking out some of the Avatar reviews and some of the critics who gave it a rotten score got 150 comments on how and what an annoying person he or she is.

Jun 14 - 03:37 PM

manwithoutfear19

Daniel Raimondi

its just that we're seeing out of nostalgia from the last 2,but my expectations aren't very high

Scarface in my opinion sucked except for Pacino

Jun 14 - 04:01 PM

Dave J

Dave J

Maybe Armond White wanted to be paid to write a good review but was ignored by Pixar!

Jun 14 - 04:04 PM

Matthew M.

Matthew Moran

I voted for 100% because I think this film can do it. But, chances are it will sit at 99%.

I'm a little worried that Pixar is working on sequels now, especially Cars. But, if any studio has proved it knows how to handle this its Pixar.

Jun 14 - 04:13 PM

Samster Dude

Samuel Holladay

I'm so nervous about this film's final score... Toy Story 2 is my favorite film of all time, and it's just a little bit better than the first film. This is easily Pixar's biggest gamble so far, and I can't wait to see what the turnout is.

Jun 14 - 04:13 PM

Francisco S.

Francisco Suarez

Yeah I think you are. I love Casino, scarface, American history X, goodfellas, all those types of movies too, yet toy story is still amazing. You can still tell an amazing story with talking toys. Stop trying to be the cool kid on the block and hate on well made animated films. Try opening your mind to other genres than just violence, there's a lot of good stuff out there.

Jun 14 - 04:17 PM

Mr. Dufresne

Chip McNair

Agreed. The Toy Stories are great. Don't try to tell me it's all about nostalgia, because it isn't. I am nostalgic, but that sure as heck isn't the reason I've been so excited for this movie. The first two films are witty, clever, with great storytelling, great characters, and great themes that can relate to everyday life. So Drew G., if you think you're suddenly big and cool for not liking Toy Story and liking those other movies, you're not; I'm convinced you're a 14 year-old who wants to prove he likes "grown up" movies.

For the record, I haven't seen many gangster pics, but I'm a fan of films like Jaws, The Shawshank Redemption (see my Avatar), and Raiders of the Lost Ark to name a few.

Jun 14 - 05:06 PM

Andy G.

Andy Graves

If you check Drew G's profile, he gave Moon a 0% that should say it all really.

Jun 15 - 08:49 AM

Francisco S.

Francisco Suarez

Im keeping it optimistic. I think armond is going shock the world with a fresh review, hoping to skyrocket his credibility. Or maybe he just wants to still be thought of as a fake critic, and actually loves that fact that everyone hates him. Time will tell!

Jun 14 - 04:20 PM

The Reaper

Iron Will

Guranteed 100% (pun intended) it won't stay 100%. Heh.

Jun 14 - 04:21 PM

Drew G.

Drew Gerke

@Daniel

I can understand that. Scarface is a guilty pleasure of mine. I know plenty of people that dont like it. Pacino was absolutely amazing. He said many times after that that people dont realize how hard it is to play a character like that. he did an amazing job of turning a ruthless criminal into someone you actually like by the end of the movie. In my opinion some of the best movies ever made are either about war or crime. Deer Hunter, Platoon, Patton, Bridge on the River Kwai, Lawrence of Arabia, Godfather Trilogy, Scarface: The birth of a Nation, Goodfellas, Pulp Fiction, Chinatown. Trust me I could go on for days. So you can see why i wouldnt enjoy Toy Story. I just dont understand it.

Jun 14 - 04:21 PM

max_jaybo

Jason DeMars

After growing up, my continued appreciation for the films comes from a new understanding of just what's going on in them...

The first film is basically this dual tale of jealousy and identity. A story of how Woody's jealousy of Buzz nearly costs him everything he had in life (in fact, part of this plot plays out like a murder movie, with Woody being accused of "getting rid of" Buzz), and how Buzz is forced to set aside his delusions of who he thought he was and accept his true purpose in life.

The second one is basically the story of a mid-life crisis. After being injured, Woody faces his "mortality" (in that he will one day no longer be needed by Andy), and so is forced to decide between retreating into a facsimile of his glory days... or returning to his "family" and being there for them. (Actually, it's very similar to the Incredibles in this basic concept.)

The third film, just going by the trailers, almost seems like it will be a veiled play on the afterlife. What happens past "the point of no return"... will the characters just "remain in a pine (toy)box" for all eternity, or go to a heaven or hell (the daycare), or even be granted a new life (presumably, for the toys: a new owner)?

And ok, I'm guessing on the third one, but that's still some deep stuff for movies that are seemingly "just about toys".

Jun 15 - 01:46 AM

scifimark

scifi mark

Its not that armond white likes movies we dont or vice versa its the snobby attitude he takes in his reviews. Basically he calls you an idiot if you disagree. Also he references too many other movies in his review and then goes off on a tangent on that particular movie. He wants you to hate him. He also states he went drama school or took classes so he knows what he is talking about. Just because you take classes in something doesnt make you good at it. He uses complex vocabulary to either

A) Prove he is better than you

or

B) Hide the fact that he doesnt really know what he is doing.

On ts3. I was never a fan that much of the second one. I felt pixar went to the well one too many times on toy story but its getting really good reviews but it wont hit 100. Just too many small time sites want traffic to their sites plus the law of averages comes into play that someone wont like it

Jun 14 - 04:24 PM

Thelastholdout

Douglas Wake

*ahem* Dude, that comment was from Eugene Levy, who is notoriously tough on pretty much all but the super best of the best of movies. That he gave Toy Story 3 a positive review at all is an extremely good sign for its actual quality.

Jun 14 - 04:55 PM

TalkingGorilla

Philip Zamora

Eugene Levy? Isn't that the actor who played Jim's father in the American Pie films and co-stars in most of Christopher Guest's mockumentaries?

Jun 14 - 09:17 PM

Thelastholdout

Douglas Wake

Sorry, my bad. Emanuel Levy.

Jun 15 - 09:19 AM

Matthew W.

Matthew White

I'd believe anything Eugene Levy told me.

Jun 15 - 09:58 AM

Spencer M.

Spencer Moleda

All we need is for Morgan Freeman to give the film a positive review. If he says that it is a good film, it must be true.

Jun 15 - 11:43 AM

Peter W.

Peter Winters

This just in. Kubrick, Wyler, Spielberg all gave it positive reviews.

Jun 16 - 10:08 AM

Spencer M.

Spencer Moleda

Spielberg gave it a positive review. That is all that matters in my mind.

Jun 16 - 01:27 PM

Thelastholdout

Douglas Wake

That's the line from him that convinced me he's a troll. Oh, that and he gave Transformers 2 a positive review, basically saying that Michael Bay is a directing genius and the best guy they could've hired to direct the film.

Jun 14 - 04:57 PM

Brendon D.

Brendon Day

every website these days have trolls, i would like to know though, at what point in their lives they decided they wanted to be a useless annoying troll who, many assume, has no life etc

Jun 15 - 04:43 PM

Thelastholdout

Douglas Wake

Chicken Little was one of those rare movies that even the previews couldn't make look decent. And for Armond "I'm doing it for the lulz" White to call IT a good film and call even what he thinks Pixar's best work (Brad Bird's contributions) flawed just speaks volumes for the worth of his opinion.

Jun 14 - 05:00 PM

Mr. Dufresne

Chip McNair

Agreed. The Toy Stories are great. Don't try to tell me it's all about nostalgia, because it isn't. I am nostalgic, but that sure as heck isn't the reason I've been so excited for this movie. The first two films are witty, clever, with great storytelling, great characters, and great themes that can relate to everyday life. So Drew G., if you think you're suddenly big and cool for not liking Toy Story and liking those other movies, you're not; I'm convinced you're a 14 year-old who wants to prove he likes "grown up" movies.

For the record, I haven't seen many gangster pics, but I'm a fan of films like Jaws, The Shawshank Redemption (see my Avatar), and Raiders of the Lost Ark to name a few.

Jun 14 - 05:06 PM

Andy G.

Andy Graves

If you check Drew G's profile, he gave Moon a 0% that should say it all really.

Jun 15 - 08:49 AM

waggaga1

noel noel

I'll be so depressed if it drops from 100%. :(

Jun 14 - 05:15 PM

Marissa Evans

Marissa Smith

Well said. And that's how everybody should feel.

Jun 14 - 05:23 PM

Mr. Dufresne

Chip McNair

Probably Armond White out of false hope. =)

Jun 14 - 05:50 PM

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