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Cars 2 Reviews

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Ben Kendrick
October 2, 2012
Despite a more interesting plot, Cars 2 still leans on a number of problems established in the first film -- specifically leading men, Lightning McQueen and Mater.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Grae Drake
June 24, 2011
Unless you have a kid in tow who wants to see about 75 new cars that you'll later have to buy for them in toy form, this movie isn't a must-see.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Shaun Munro
What Culture
July 22, 2011
It unquestionably sparkles visually and the very youngest kids will still enjoy it, but between Cars 2 and particularly Pixar's three previous features stands a wide chasm of quality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Matt Neal
The Standard
June 26, 2011
It's finally happened. Pixar's mythical run of great films is over.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Teddy Durgin
Screen It!
June 23, 2011
If you have kids under 10, you'll at least marvel at the multiple car chases and car races this sequel delivers. But for everyone else, this is the first Pixar movie that you should skip entirely. (Full Content Parental Review Also Available)
Glenn Dunks
June 24, 2011
There is nothing here to justify a sequel, other than the merchandising revenue. What they have given us is a limp, over-stuffed film that lacks class.
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
June 22, 2011
Fine as a mild diversion, but up against Pixar's high standards, it's a definite disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
June 19, 2011
Cars 2 is not only the weakest Pixar film to date, but it's the first one that can be sadly dismissed as not particularly worth seeing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Alison Gang
San Diego Union-Tribune
June 24, 2011
While the little ones will have plenty to feast their eyes, ears and short attention spans on, grown-ups should accept that this is one Pixar effort that treats the adults in the audience more like baby sitters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
June 24, 2011
Not since Hee Haw has the South been so successfully slandered; Larry the Cable Guy's live action films are beyond abysmal, and his hayseed, grinning rube act is no less offensive or cynical when transposed into cartoon form.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire
July 11, 2011
It's hugely sad that the Emeryville studio have turned in their first dud but the stark reality is that Cars 2 really offers very little for neither kids nor adults.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
June 24, 2011
Although it would be unfair to label Cars 2 as unwatchable, it is surprisingly tedious in parts and not as satisfying as one might expect.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
June 24, 2011
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 23, 2011
Despite its technical and design finesse, this ranks as Pixar's weakest project to date, as well as the first from the animation powerhouse that can be described as craven.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 23, 2011
The law of averages has finally caught up with the most remarkable studio in modern movie history, the dream factory that lived up to Buzz Lightyear's joyous cry of "To infinity and beyond." This frenzied sequel seldom gets beyond mediocrity.
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
June 25, 2011
It looks like a Pixar film, but it sure doesn't feel like one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nell Frizzell
Little White Lies
July 21, 2011
Sweet turbo mother of fuel injections, what is this?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
June 23, 2011
Cute cars and some terrific animation, but Cars 2 lacks compelling characters and a clever story. Pixar is so adept at providing emotion and laughs. This one lacks both.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Julian Roman
June 23, 2011
The animation is superb, but the length and sledgehammer delivery takes Cars 2 down to second gear.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 21, 2011
This isn't an animated film, this is a cartoon.
Read More | Original Score: C-
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