Cars 2

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Cars 2 is as visually appealing as any other Pixar production, but all that dazzle can't disguise the rusty storytelling under the hood.

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Star racecar Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) and the incomparable tow truck Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) take their friendship to exciting new places in Cars 2 when they head overseas to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix to determine the world's fastest car. But the road to the championship is filled with plenty of potholes, detours and hilarious surprises when Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage. Mater finds himself torn between assisting Lightning McQueen in the high-profile race and towing the line in a top-secret mission orchestrated by master British super spy Finn McMissile (Michael Caine) and the stunning spy-in-training Holley Shiftwell (Emily Mortimer). -- (C) Disney

Cast

John Turturro
as Francesco Bernoulli
Eddie Izzard
as Miles Axlerod
Michael Caine
as Finn McMissile
Emily Mortimer
as Holly Shiftwell
Jason Isaacs
as Siddeley/Leland Turbo
Thomas Kretschmann
as Professor Zundapp
Franco Nero
as Uncle Topolino
Vanessa Redgrave
as The Queen/Mama Topolino
Jeff Gordon
as Jeff Gorvette
Darell Waltrip
as Darrell Cartrip
David Hobbs
as David Hobbscap
Sig Hansen
as Crabby
Brent Musberger
as Brent Mustangburger
Lloyd Sherr
as Fillmore/Combat Ship52
Bruce Campbell
as Rod "Torque" Redline
Lewis Hamilton
as Lewis Hamilton
Teresa Gallagher
as Mater's Computer
Brad Lewis
as Tubbs Pacer
John Mainieri
as J. Curby Gremlin
Velibor Topic
as Alexander Hugo
Stanley Townsend
as Victor Hugo/Vladimir Trunkov/Ivan the Tow Truck
Patrick Walker
as Mel Dorado
Owen Wilson
as Lightning McQueen
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Critic Reviews for Cars 2

All Critics (216) | Top Critics (51) | Fresh (84) | Rotten (132)

  • Start your engines! You're in for the adventure of your life with Cars 2.

    November 16, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Yes, the movie has some weak spots. A little long, a little light on story, and, gratefully, heavy on visuals...but I say, with Pixar, do we always need missing parents and tearjerking, with tissues always an arm's reach away?

    July 26, 2019 | Full Review…
  • I defy anyone to tell me with a straight face that this is anywhere near as awful as 2011's other family hits, Zookeeper and Mr. Popper's Penguins. Case closed.

    June 20, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The trouble with stuffing too much into a film quickly becomes evident in Cars 2, as the plotlines tumble and collide with each other creating, mostly, cacophony.

    April 2, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The animation... alone is good enough for it worth a watch.

    February 21, 2019 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • There's a fine line between being healthily assertive in joining the conversation and being rude, however unintentionally. Mater is on the wrong side of that line, which gives Cars 2 a bit of a strange message.

    February 13, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Cars 2

  • Jun 19, 2016
    While it may be Pixar's weakest film to date, Cars 2 is still a satisfying diversion for two hours - even if the story and characters force you to turn your brain off.
    Matthew M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 16, 2015
    This movie lacked what other Pixar movies didn't lack. The first Cars was okay, but did we need a sequel?
    EpicLadySponge t Super Reviewer
  • Aug 18, 2014
    Lacking compared to the first one, but kids will enjoy it anyway.
    Angela A Super Reviewer
  • Nov 18, 2013
    Jesus Christ, it reminds me of <i>Fay Grim</i> (2006)...... What a bizarre turn of bizarre events that came straight out from Bizarro world. I saw <i>Cars 2</i> <b>for the first time</b> exactly one week after watching Hal Hartley's sequel to <i>Henry Fool</i>, called <i>Fay Grim</i>. And it suffers from exactly the same f***ing syndrome: an illusion of international espionage parody. Wha.... Whhh What's the use? What's the logic behind such decision? In what book is it stated that making a film with thought-provoking reflections, either metaphysical, earthly or heartwarming, and continuing it with a "comedic" international espionage twist is supposed to contribute ANYTHING to the story? I would only justify such attempt with independent or renowned filmmakers, <b>as was the case of Hal Hartley</b>, but we are talking about Pixar here, a company focused at making trascendental 3D-animated films aimed at all types of audiences. This had no nostalgic quality, no logic in its continuity, no comprehensible character connections. No, it's just a parody. A bad one. I blame Pixar greatly because it hasn't been listening to the suggestions (let's not call them "demands") of fans: if there must be a sequel, it must be <i>The Incredibles 2</i>, not Cars 2, not Finding Dory, not Monsters University, no Toy Story 3 (an overrated sentimental mess). They are getting it all wrong. 90% of the times, sequels are signs of imminent scarcity in creativity. Pixar falls into that 90% of cases. How shameful. 54/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer

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