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Cars Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net
March 10, 2011
Cars is a nice homily to small town life and remembering the past - which definitely has its charms - and call for remembering our roots, but it's been done better elsewhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
June 8, 2006
Cars runs out of gas long before it reaches the finish line. With twenty minutes cut it could have been a contender, but it's the worst Pixar film to date.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Tyler Hanley
Palo Alto Weekly
June 9, 2006
Make no mistake - Cars is still the best animated film this year. But with Pixar behind the wheel, the film should have cruised to must-see status. Instead, it stalls.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
June 8, 2006
All of this sloppy characterization would have been forgivable if the cars had funny things to say, but the script is mainly a succession of bad car puns.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 30, 2009
Pixar's grown so metallic that having automobiles for animated characters becomes disturbingly apt
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
June 9, 2006
Cars is the first Pixar flick I'd describe as "cynical," and that, frankly, breaks my heart just a little bit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
June 2, 2006
Musty, corny, and largely devoid of any enchanting magic, it's also the pioneering Pixar's first effort that, trailblazing technical virtuosity be damned, feels disappointingly regressive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
June 8, 2006
... both in its ingratiating vibe and bland execution, Cars is nothing if not totally, disappointingly new-age Disney ...
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Orndorf
FilmJerk.com
June 8, 2006
2004's dazzling Incredibles promised Pixar was growing up and willing to try new things. Cars is incontrovertible proof that promise was not kept.
Full Review | Original Score: C
David Medsker
Bullz-Eye.com
June 24, 2006
It feels like one of Pixar's less imaginative rivals trying to make a Pixar movie, but falling into the tired trappings that Pixar, up to this point, has deftly avoided. It is also two hours long, which is about 30 minutes longer than it needs to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
June 8, 2006
The makers of Doc Hollywood called. They want their movie back.
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Christy Lemire
Denver Rocky Mountain News
December 14, 2006
Rips off Doc Hollywood, almost note for note.
Read More | Original Score: C+
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
I've never seen a Pixar film so void of magic, and originality before...
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
The rote melancholy song by Randy Newman evokes more laughter than compassion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
June 9, 2006
The voices are great, a handful of puns are funny and the last half-hour is the Pixar movie we've expected to see. But that stalling sound in the opening race of "Cars" is Pixar's first-ever sputtering-out of imagination and immersion.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
Erik Childress
eFilmCritic.com
June 8, 2006
Calling it a borderline lazy effort in the script department would be assuming that the eight credited writers actually put forth an effort beyond just watching Doc Hollywood one night.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rubin Safaya
Cinemalogue.com
June 9, 2006
...scenes involving the colorful townspeople, capitalizing largely on Paul Newman's skill at playing wise yet ostensibly cantankerous old men, are repeatedly interrupted by long stretches of boring homages to the world of celebrity...
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
June 9, 2006
[T]hey're cars! But they're people! But they're cars! Huh?
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 8, 2006
At almost 2 hours, the movie, well, exhausts its welcome, somehow managing to be simultaneously frenetic and leaden.
Read More | Original Score: C-
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
June 8, 2006
Cars gives you plenty of time to think, some of which you may wish to use wondering why it isn't a better movie.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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