Cars 2 Reviews

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Leah Rozen
TheWrap
October 7, 2011
Don't tell the kids, but Santa Claus isn't real and Pixar is fallible.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
July 19, 2011
Time, perhaps, for the franchise to be towed off to the scrapyard. Sorry, Pixar.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
June 24, 2011
It's an example of what a sequel should, or at least can, be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 24, 2011
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).
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Logan Hill
New York Magazine/Vulture
June 24, 2011
...by Pixar's outrageous standards of Oscar shoo-in virtuosity, this sequel is a disappointment at best.
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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 24, 2011
Not that Cars 2 is an actively bad animated film. It's just sort of an average animated film.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
June 24, 2011
Unlike most Pixar fare, this isn't a movie you can imagine many adults wanting to see without their children in tow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 24, 2011
Someone must like Mater, who's already had his own spinoff TV show. Just as someone must like Larry the Cable Guy, who voices him. But that someone isn't me, and if it isn't you, you're in for one very long matinee.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
June 24, 2011
As lovable as Mater is, let's face it: A little bit of Larry the Cable Guy goes a long way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
June 24, 2011
They said it couldn't be done. But Pixar proved the yaysayers wrong when it made its first bad movie, "Cars." Now it has worsted itself with the even more awful "Cars 2."
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
June 24, 2011
Lasseter and his team's pitch-perfect way with genre cliches revs up the espionage subplot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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William Goss
Film.com
June 24, 2011
It's a worthwhile diversion... but let's hope that Lasseter and friends soon return to the emotional ambition that has made Pixar such a reliable brand to date.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 23, 2011
Cars 2 demonstrates that not every hit movie merits a sequel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
June 23, 2011
"Cars 2" teaches gentle kid-friendly lessons about the importance of friendship and being yourself and introduces some great new characters in its parallel spy drama and auto racing plots.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 23, 2011
In terms of story and atmosphere and overall feeling, "Cars 2" is a brand-new experience - and a distinct improvement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
June 23, 2011
We've come to expect perfection from Pixar, mostly because Pixar expects perfection from itself.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
June 23, 2011
"Cars 2" might be a better James Bond film than five or six of the actual Bond films, and the fact that its hero is a bucktoothed, redneck tow truck without a hood does nothing to detract from its (admittedly modest) appeal.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
June 23, 2011
It's sweet-spirited, visually delightful (if aurally cacophonous), and it will make for a pleasant enough family afternoon at the movies. But we've come to expect so much more than mere pleasantness from Pixar that Cars 2 feels almost like a betrayal.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
June 23, 2011
The original movie has been debugged and rethought. It's funnier and sharper.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 23, 2011
With "Cars 2," Pixar goes somewhere new: the ditch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 23, 2011
The movie is an interesting reminder of how very, very high the Pixar wizards have set the bar. Sometimes they make masterpieces; sometimes, as in this case, they just make pretty good movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 23, 2011
Despite the bucktoothed charm of the truck named Mater and a plot that pays lip service to alternative fuels, the John Lasseter-directed animation does not turn the lemon into lemonade.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Charlie McCollum
San Jose Mercury News
June 23, 2011
[Pixar]t has set such a high bar with what it has done with animation and storytelling over its 25 years that when it falls short -- and it does fall short with Cars 2 -- the disappointment can make a perfectly good, entertaining movie seem like a letdown.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 23, 2011
I blow a piston whenever 2006's Cars gets trashed as the runt of the Pixar litter. The sequel is a tire-burning burst of action and fun with a beating heart under its hood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
June 23, 2011
This being Pixar, Cars 2 looks fantastic, but the studio has never given audiences -- especially audiences over the age of 10 -- less reason to be emotionally invested in the beautiful shiny things flying across the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 23, 2011
At a time when some "grown-up" action films are relentlessly shallow and stupid, here is a movie with such complexity that even the cars sometimes have to pause and explain it to themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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 Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 23, 2011
Pixar had never produced a clunker, but with "Cars 2," the animation studio has not only stalled, it's gone into reverse.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
June 23, 2011
Of all the great Pixar films and franchises, "Cars" is perhaps the most difficult to embrace.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 23, 2011
Mater is dumb, excitable and puppy-dog loyal, his idiot-savant automotive expertise grounded in humble, blue-collar simplicity. I doubt anyone will protest much, but Pixar has now found its redneck Jar-Jar Binks. Such a proud moment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
June 23, 2011
This is Mater's movie. It's a Materthon. I would call it Materific if he didn't leave me longing for WALLE's robot to crush him into a silent cube.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 23, 2011
The constantly shifting scenery and the over-reliance on Mater's idiocy combine to produce a fatigue not common to better Pixar efforts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
June 22, 2011
At least Cars 2 looks as expertly sleek and sturdy as audiences have come to expect from the standard-setting animation company, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
June 22, 2011
It's sometimes funny, often silly but never really transcendent, though the same could probably be said of the original, as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
June 22, 2011
You never believe any of the movie's homilies are more than shallow truisms tacked onto an overlong toy commercial.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 22, 2011
Yes, "Cars 2″ is better than "Cars."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
June 21, 2011
Cars 2 is such a mess, it makes the original look like it ought to rank among Pixar's masterpieces by comparison.
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
June 21, 2011
Notwithstanding John Turturro's amusingly smug Italian F1 speedster and a few lighthearted jabs at Japanese TV and technology, Cars 2 generally remains stuck in neutral.
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
June 21, 2011
A light summer feast for the senses that will have the whole family vrooming, for sure.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Justin Chang
Variety
June 20, 2011
The rare sequel that improves on its predecessor, this lightning-paced caper-comedy shifts the franchise into high gear with international intrigue, spy-movie spoofery and more automotive puns than you can shake a stickshift at.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
June 20, 2011
Lightning and Mater mix it up with Formula 1 and spies in yet another Pixar winner.