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Finding Dory Reviews

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Bruce Diones
New Yorker
June 27, 2016
While not as visually dazzling as its predecessor, the film is still colorful and immersive; the script, while predictable, puts an engaging spin on the issues of home and identity.
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Christy Lemire
ChristyLemire.com
June 26, 2016
It's gorgeous. It's lively. It's got terrific performances from a strong voice cast. It's emotionally affecting without being heavy-handed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Zach Schonfeld
Newsweek
June 23, 2016
Dory's visual palette is such a joy to look at, drawing on the deep blues and greens of the underwater expanse and ocean-dwelling algae.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 22, 2016
Finding Dory is enjoyable in its own right, even if its powerful sense of déjà vu keeps it from approaching the pinnacle of the Disney/Pixar collaborations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 17, 2016
There are some rollicky moments in Finding Dory... [But] the inventiveness of the animation is not matched by the frayed workmanship of the story line.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Will Leitch
The New Republic
June 17, 2016
It's a sequel that's a continuation of the original film rather than an expansion of it, and it is still a success, though not a triumph.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail
June 17, 2016
A sequel that betters the boffo 2003 animated feature Finding Nemo and provides more evidence, after last year's highly original Inside Out, that Pixar has finally emerged from the uninspiring years of the Cars franchise.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Patrick Dunn
Detroit News
June 17, 2016
The film is often visually striking and charming enough, but it's low on two things we've come to expect from Pixar: comedy and moving emotional moments.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times
June 16, 2016
It's a solid, entertaining, well-paced sequel featuring terrific voice work, a clever script and some ingenious action sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 16, 2016
Finding Dory may be more of a minnow than a whale of a tale for Pixar, but it's still a good catch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
June 16, 2016
As the 13-year gap between "Nemo" and "Dory" indicates, this was not a concept that cried out to be made.
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June 16, 2016
It is nice, especially at this precise moment, to believe that evil and cruelty don't necessarily have to exist in the world: that even in the great big ocean, a couple of small fish looking for help can always depend on the kindness of strangers.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 16, 2016
"Finding Dory" can be touching, sweet and tender, but it's compulsively, preposterously and steadfastly funny.
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
June 16, 2016
There are terrific Pixar sequels ("Toy Story 2" and "3") and OK Pixar sequels ("Cars 2," "Monsters University"). "Finding Dory" is one of the terrific ones, if not quite up to the "Toy Story" standard.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
June 16, 2016
If there has ever been a better voice performance in an animated film than Ellen DeGeneres' in Pixar's wonderful sequel "Finding Dory," I sure can't think of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Brian Lowry
CNN.com
June 16, 2016
Pixar films are invariably clever and play on multiple levels, and this one is no exception. There's something deeply moving about Dory's plight.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
June 16, 2016
The elemental emotions at work and the childlike awe at the undersea world -- rendered once again in colorful, carefully researched, lovingly precise animation -- contribute to the sense of a story timeless and pure.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 16, 2016
Much of Finding Dory is funny, and fun. But there's something kind of haunting about our heroine's memory thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Kirkland
Toronto Sun
June 16, 2016
Finding Dory is delightful throughout, dazzling during its many highlight scenes and just a tad disorienting on rare occasions.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
June 16, 2016
In deciding not to stray far from the first film in plot or tone, it makes for a pleasant, familiar, cheerfully unassuming fish-in-her-water tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 16, 2016
Audiences should find "Dory" one of Pixar's most charming achievements.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Matthew Lickona
San Diego Reader
June 16, 2016
Directors Andrew Stanton and Angus MacLane make it very clear what you are supposed to feel and when you are supposed to feel it. What they don't do is earn it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
June 16, 2016
Resisting the temptation to rehash Finding Nemo with new characters as too many sequels do, this fine-finned tale tells a complementary story from the opposite direction.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Stephanie Zacharek
TIME Magazine
June 16, 2016
Although DeGeneres' Dory, with her breathless stream-of-consciousness patter, is unavoidably likable, the cast of supporting characters here may be even better.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 16, 2016
For all the witty voices and great escapes (maybe one too many of the latter), "Finding Dory" is ultimately a character story, and DeGeneres' lovable, brave Dory swims right into our hearts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 15, 2016
There's a big undersea world out there in Finding Dory, one that's endlessly diverse and consistently beautiful. Not only in its dazzling photorealist images, but in the story's creative depth.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
June 15, 2016
Finding Dory, bright and clever like most all Pixar releases, has the animation studio's familiar blend of wit, heart and visual detail. But it's missing its own magic.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
June 15, 2016
Finding Dory often goes, if you'll forgive the maritime metaphor, to a level a few fathoms below the cruising depth of its much-loved predecessor.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 15, 2016
The inclusiveness of the film's vision is remarkable partly because it feels so natural, something that no adult will really need to explain. Children will get it, perhaps more intuitively and easily than the rest of us.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
June 15, 2016
Finding Dory isn't so much a sequel to Finding Nemo as it is a Looney Tunes spin-off: Wilder, sillier, broader and instantly disposable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
June 15, 2016
Like the original, "Finding Dory" makes us understand the fears, joys, struggles and triumphs of family. See it with yours.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Mara Reinstein
Us Weekly
June 15, 2016
Sometimes it takes a plucky animated fish to illustrate the benefits of thinking on your fins (er, feet). Now that's a lesson worth retaining.
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Maricar Estrella
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
June 15, 2016
Another huge improvement from its predecessor is the animation, from the way the kelp sways in the ocean to Hank's camouflaging metamorphosis. The filmmakers provide a dynamic, colorful backdrop worthy of 3-D viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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June 15, 2016
Morbidity covers every scale of Finding Dory like fin rot.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 15, 2016
If Finding Dory lacks the fresh surprise of its predecessor, it still brims with humor, heart and animation miracles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 15, 2016
There's a new Pixar film in theaters, and it's a catch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 15, 2016
The visual personality of the movie is fantastically vivid and bright, the story itself, less so.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
June 15, 2016
It rises above its crowded narrative with an intense emotional core, taking a protagonist whose affliction had been played mostly for comedy, and exploring the emptiness and loneliness of her plight.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
June 15, 2016
Finding Dory, like most "lesser Pixar," is more fun around the edges than the competition tends to be at center.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
June 14, 2016
"Finding Dory" upholds the Pixar tradition with plenty of inventive humor, cleverly drawn characters and emotionally resonant moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tony Hicks
San Jose Mercury News
June 14, 2016
Of course, "Dory" has plot similarities to "Nemo," but there is enough love and care devoted to everything from the characters on down that it works beautifully, even without element of surprise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bilge Ebiri
Village Voice
June 14, 2016
Finding Dory is one of the most devastating things Pixar has made - all while often being even bouncier than Finding Nemo.
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Alison Willmore
BuzzFeed News
June 13, 2016
Dory is still irrepressible in Finding Dory, still making her way brightly and cluelessly through life in a state of perpetual now, but her backstory adds a steady element of pathos to a movie that otherwise follows in the same beats as the original.
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Susan Wloszczyna
RogerEbert.com
June 13, 2016
The result might be less fulfilling this time, but "Dory" is ultimately worth the voyage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ethan Sacks
New York Daily News
June 10, 2016
There will be enough tears to fill a small inflatable pool, if not an ocean.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Anna King
Time Out
June 10, 2016
Pixar's wizardry is baked into every detail, from the sun-dappled ocean surfaces to the underwater visuals that border on photorealism. It's unforgettable stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Brian Truitt
USA Today
June 10, 2016
While the animation is still top-notch and a slew of new waterlogged personalities buoy the story, it doesn't have nearly the same sense of heart, wonder and awe as Nemo.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
June 10, 2016
One of the biggest and most pleasant surprises in a film with too few of them is just how resonant Dory will be for parents of kids with learning disabilities.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
June 10, 2016
Stanton and co-director Angus MacLane augment the hilarious characters with visual grandeur (who knew there were this many shades of blue?) and comedy, particularly from Hank the octopus' chameleonic and contortionist skills.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
June 10, 2016
Its heroine may suffer from short-term memory loss, but viewers with any memory at all will realize that Finding Dory falls rather short of its wondrous progenitor.
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Owen Gleiberman
Variety
June 10, 2016
Andrew Stanton and Angus MacLane, the co-directors of "Finding Dory," have made a beautiful, rambunctious, and fully felt sequel - a movie totally worth its salt water.
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David Ehrlich
indieWIRE
June 10, 2016
Pixar's best film since Up, and a compelling argument as to why we make sequels in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: B+