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Cars (2006)

Cars (2006)



Critic Consensus: Cars offers visual treats that more than compensate for its somewhat thinly written story, adding up to a satisfying diversion for younger viewers.

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Lightning McQueen, a hotshot rookie race car driven to succeed, discovers that life is about the journey, not the finish line, when he finds himself unexpectedly detoured in the sleepy Route 66 town of Radiator Springs. On route across the country to the big Piston Cup Championship in California to compete against two seasoned pros, McQueen gets to know the town's offbeat characters--including Sally, a snazzy 2002 Porsche, Doc Hudson, a 1951 Hudson Hornet with a mysterious past, and Mater, a rusty but trusty tow truck, who help him realize that there are more important things than trophies, fame and sponsorship.

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Owen Wilson
as Lightning McQueen
Paul Newman
as Doc Hudson
Bonnie Hunt
as Sally Carrera
George Carlin
as Fillmore
John Ratzenberger
as Mack/Hamm Truck
Joe Ranft
as Red/Peterbilt
Michael Keaton
as Chick Hicks
Bob Costas
as Bob Cutlass
Darell Waltrip
as Darrell Cartrip
Tom Magliozzi
as Rusty Rust-eze
Ray Magliozzi
as Dusty Rust-eze
Richard Petty
as The King
Michael Schumacher
as Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Jay Leno
as Jay Limo
Mario Andretti
as Mario Andretti
Sarah Clark
as Kori Turbowitz
Mike Nelson
as Not Chuck
Lou Romano
as Snotrod
Larry Benton
as Motorhome Race Fan
Tom Hanks
as Woody Car
Douglas "Mater" Keever
as Motorhome Race Fan
Tim Allen
as Buzz Lightyear Car
Billy Crystal
as Mike Car
John Goodman
as Sullivan Truck
Dave Foley
as Flik Car
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Critic Reviews for Cars

All Critics (197) | Top Critics (47)

Rips off Doc Hollywood, almost note for note.

December 14, 2006 | Rating: C+

Along came the interstate, apparently, and ruined everything. Just like that darned Internet, I guess, or that superhighway stuff, or those dumb movies they make with computers nowadays.

June 12, 2006

Cars might get us into car world as a gimmick, but it doesn't get us into car world as a state of mind. Thus, the animation, rather than seeming like an expression of the movie's deeper truth, becomes an impediment to it.

June 9, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Though the central idea of nostalgia for a quieter, small-town life may well be lost on this movie's young audience -- Cars finds a pleasant and often sparkling groove.

June 9, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Cars made me want to hop in my jalopy and to head out to Route 66, bypassing the boring interstate highways that made the Mother Road redundant.

June 9, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It's beautiful to look at. The talking cars feel more alive than talking cars should.

June 9, 2006 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Cars


So many people trash this film just because the plot is familiar and formulaic. Following a formula is not bad within itself, it is what is done with it that matters. This movie does the "big city guy in a small town" concept very well, and the novelty of seeing a world ruled by cars is pretty fun. The characters are surprisingly endearing and the animation remains as brilliant as with any Pixar effort.

Christopher Heim
Christopher Heim

Super Reviewer


Cars is a fun, entertaining and exciting animated feature that boasts a well crafted story that is sure to entertain fans of Pixar. Although not the greatest effort from the studio, Cars is lots of fun from start to finish. The voice is terrific and the animation is very well done as usual. Even if this film isn't perfect, there are still plenty of good moments to be had with this film. Although the film doesn't break new ground, it's a worthy addition to the studios track record of fine animated features. I enjoyed the film, and felt it was a worthwhile viewing. The film may not the finest Pixar film, but it delivers memorable entertaining that is fun for anyone looking for an amusing film. Cars is entertaining for what it is, but is not a Pixar classic by any means either. The jokes are good, and the cast do a good job in their roles. The story has heart, and is lots of fun if you're in the right mood. The characters are great, and varied. Pixar may have made better movies, but this one is still worth seeing if you loved the other films in the filmography. This is yet another stunningly animated feature that delivers what you'd expect from Pixar. The film has a few flaws, but there are enough good moments to be had here to make it a pleasant viewing experience. Cars adds nothing new to the Pixar formula, but it does retain everything you've enjoyed from previous films that they have made. Entertaining, funny and memorable, what more can you expect from a film that brought you classics like Toy Story and Monsters Inc. Cars is not a classic, but it's nonetheless fun entertainment for what it tries to do.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

Much different in delivery and impact for Pixar. Cars is a visual treat, as only Disney and Pixar could do, but the enigmatic script may be skeptical to its viewers. Nonetheless, the film is a CGI dream and is magnificently mapped out landscape-wise. 4/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

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