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Cars 2 (2011)



Critic Consensus: 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

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Owen Wilson
as Lightning McQueen
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
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Critic Reviews for Cars 2

All Critics (206) | Top Critics (44)

Don't tell the kids, but Santa Claus isn't real and Pixar is fallible.

October 7, 2011 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Time, perhaps, for the franchise to be towed off to the scrapyard. Sorry, Pixar.

July 19, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's an example of what a sequel should, or at least can, be.

June 24, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Cars 2 is marginally better than its predecessor, but the same problem still remains: Cars just aren't very interesting as anthropomorphic animation vehicles (pun intended).

June 24, 2011 | Rating: B- | Full Review… Pixar's outrageous standards of Oscar shoo-in virtuosity, this sequel is a disappointment at best.

June 24, 2011 | Full Review…

Larry the Cable Guy has helped make Mater one of Pixar's sweetest creations. He just happens to reside in the studio's least-magical franchise.

June 24, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/4

Audience Reviews for Cars 2

Full of car action but not as funny or charming as the first part. The spy story is surprisingly complex, way too complex for kids. Of course the fast pace and fun characters make up for that, giving the younger audience an adventure to remember.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

Mediocre sequel to Cars, Cars 2 is the first disappointing effort from Pixar. The film is not awful beyond belief as so many viewers have led you to believe, but it's not good either. The film tries to outdo the original by adding so many elements to a film that used a simple storyline to tell a story that just grabbed your attention. With this sequel, the story is all over the place, and has an espionage sub story, that frankly is boring, and doesn't work in the scheme of things. Mater who was a great character is annoying in this one, and the filmmakers have made him look a lot dumber, which in turn ruined it. I thought the best character was Michael Caine's character in this one, and even Caine's great voice performance couldn't save this one from being a good film. The biggest problem of the film is that there is way too much going on on-screen, not to mention that everything presented before you is ridiculous and not very funny. The gags feel strained and uninspired. They just end up falling flat, and in turn Cars 2 falls short of being a memorable Pixar feature and that's a shame because this film really could have been good. I really enjoyed the first film because it relied on a simple story and the characters were likeable and the film was funny. This film is just a case of being way too ambitious and in turn there's little structure to make this film stick together. There is nothing here to really salvage the film, and it ends up falling short. In turn, this film dumbs down on what the first film did so well. In the end, this is just a disappointing movie that should have kept to the basics, instead of making things complicated and making mater such an irritating character in the first place. Cars 2 is forgettable.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer


Cars 2 proves that Pixar has its flops and flaws. Even though its animation is amazing, the sequel to the 2006 film is very underwhelming in story and delivery. Disney/Pixar attempt once again to develop a franchise as it successfully did with 'Toy Story' but this sequel appears flat and unnecessary for those who enjoy Pixar's films or animated films in general. 2.5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

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