Planes Reviews

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August 16, 2013
For "international", read "packed with wince-worthy ethnic stereotyping" - it's the only way the writers know how to define character in a universe this soulless.
August 15, 2013
It's an amiable enough entertainment, gentle and good-natured ...
August 13, 2013
An endearing enough David-and-Goliath tale, aimed squarely at younger kids.
August 9, 2013
A visually colorful but otherwise vanilla continuation of the series.
August 9, 2013
The plot is generic to a fault.
August 9, 2013
Strictly by the numbers, from the believe-in-yourself moral to the purely predictable ending.
August 8, 2013
Has the look and feel of Pixar's 2006 hit, "Cars," if not the latter's charm or strong story.
August 8, 2013
"Planes" is for the most part content to imitate rather than innovate, presumably hoping to reap a respectable fraction of the box office numbers of "Cars" and "Cars 2," which together made hundreds of millions of dollars.
August 8, 2013
As with "Cars," the world of "Planes" feels safe. A little too safe, perhaps.
August 8, 2013
It's engaging enough, driving home the familiar message of following one's dreams and the less hackneyed theme of facing one's fears. But it feels far too familiar
August 8, 2013
A zippy little programmer designed to exploit the same vehicles-as-people formula as the Cars franchise.
August 8, 2013
While the plotting is rather pedestrian, the humour mostly lame, what makes Planes a stand-out experience - not surprisingly, based on Disney's vast and impressive history of animated classics - is the visuals.
August 8, 2013
A charmingly modest low-budget spin-off from Pixar's "Cars'' that provides more thrills and laughs for young children and their parents than many of its more elaborate brethren.
August 8, 2013
If "Planes" were a reasonably priced download, you'd gladly use it to sedate your kids during a long car ride. As a theatrical, 3-D release, however, "Planes" will sedate you, too.
August 8, 2013
This film is 100 percent devoid of surprises. It's the story of an underestimated underdog that's like every other kid-friendly, life-coachy story about an underestimated underdog.
August 8, 2013
Has all the hallmarks of a straight-to-DVD project - inferior plot, dull writing, cheap drawing - perhaps because it was intended for the bargain bin at Target, Walmart, and Costco.
August 8, 2013
Seems ... like a lesser version of what may be Pixar's two weakest efforts, the "Cars" movies.
August 8, 2013
It's not terrible, but it still feels like a waste.
August 8, 2013
"Planes" was originally scheduled to be released straight to video. Although the smallest children might like bits and pieces of it, there's nothing in the movie that suggests why Disney strayed from its original plan.
August 8, 2013
Many will enter theaters thinking this is a Pixar film, with the raised expectations that accompany that mistake. But even cynical animation fans will see there's quality here. After a little turbulence, "Planes" comes in for a nice landing.
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