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Inside Out Reviews

August 14, 2015
Inside Out [is] a bold, gorgeous, sweet, funny, sometimes heartbreakingly sad, candy-colored adventure that deserves an Academy Award nomination for best picture.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
June 24, 2015
This is a movie that dares to explore existential crises, in the middle of the summer, in an animated movie that's aimed at the whole family
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 22, 2015
On the scale of inventiveness, "Inside Out" will be hard to top this year. As so often with Pixar, you feel that you are visiting a laboratory crossed with a rainbow.
June 20, 2015
Welcome back, Pixar. You were sorely missed.
June 19, 2015
The challenge here involves maintaining a believable humanity while also making an entertaining case that humanity is impossible without the proper emotional configuration. And in meeting that challenge, the movie keeps surprising and delighting you.
June 19, 2015
It's all very Freudian, or Jungian, or whatever, and little kids may get lost, but there's real verve in the animation and wit in the byplay.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 19, 2015
Inside Out is the best American-produced animated film we have seen in many summers and deserves to be recognized as such.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 19, 2015
Inside Out is the first psychological thriller that's fun for the whole family. Really psychological. And really fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 18, 2015
Inside Out is imaginative and ambitious, even if it sometimes feels a bit manically overstuffed. And it's definitely a big step up from some recent Pixar films, such as Cars 2 and Monsters University.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 18, 2015
At times, you ache to put the brakes on the chaos, but still Pixar manages to do what it does best, turning the everyday rough and smooth of childhood experience into a thoughtful, inventive adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 18, 2015
What's most refreshing about "Inside Out" is its inversion of the standard prescriptions of big-budget animation: It's ultimately about the importance of embracing sadness.
Top Critic
June 18, 2015
Inside Out isn't just a sign of renewed youth from Pixar. It's the reason Pixar exists.
June 18, 2015
Not since Up, has the studio taken on the gnarliness of being human and made it so visually delightful and emotionally resonant.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 18, 2015
Only in the medium of animation could a conceit as elaborate as Inside Out's be dramatized, and only animation this well-designed and executed could bring such a story so vibrantly to life.
June 18, 2015
It's good to get your emotions in check before watching the exquisite Inside Out. You're bound to feel the whole bunch watching a child's mind come alive in the most imaginative ways.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 18, 2015
It's not unusual for a film about childhood loss to be this funny while it sets about the work of making you cry; it is unusual for it to be this much fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 18, 2015
Buddy films have always been about balancing opposite urges. Here the balance mirrors not only what's needed for great art, but also for mental and spiritual healing.
Full Review | Original Score: A
June 18, 2015
As funny, stirring, unpredictable, exciting and riotously beautiful as it is profound.
June 18, 2015
The best animated movies are made as much for the grown-ups who will accompany the children as for the kids themselves. That's certainly true of "Inside Out" ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 18, 2015
Inside Out, the latest Disney-Pixar coproduction, feels like a clever educational short stretched to feature length.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 18, 2015
Kids will be engaged, but it's the older viewers - people who have lived and felt a little longer than 11-year-olds - who will most appreciate this marvelous, ingenious work of art.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 18, 2015
A work of nifty craftsmanship and considerable complexity beneath its unassuming surface.
June 18, 2015
The magnificent head trip that is Inside Out does more than take us inside a young girl's mind. It also restores Pixar's lost magic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 18, 2015
What makes the movie so rich and enlightening, even for an adult well acquainted with their own blue periods, is the depiction of emotions not as at war with each other but rather in a constant juggling act to keep their human going.
June 18, 2015
Uncle Walt knew what he was talking about with "For every smile, a tear." With "Inside Out," the brilliant keepers of his legacy prove that it's not only good for business but also essential for the soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 18, 2015
Directors Pete Docter ( Monsters, Inc .; Up) and Ronnie del Carmen ( Dug's Special Mission) have created a masterful study of family dynamics. Like the Oscar-winning Up, Inside Out takes great care in weaving complex ideas into a children's tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 18, 2015
"Inside Out" is an absolute delight - funny and charming, fast-moving and full of surprises. It is also a defense of sorrow, an argument for the necessity of melancholy dressed in the bright colors of entertainment.
June 18, 2015
"Inside Out" is about the passing of childhood ritual, its most bittersweet moments the ones glimpsed in a rear-view mirror, as it reminds the unfaithful: Remember when you loved that? When you lived for this? Until you didn't anymore?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 18, 2015
It's hard to believe that anyone will make a film more ambitious and more fully realized this year than "Inside Out." Let the talk of a best picture Oscar win begin now.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
June 18, 2015
"Inside Out" movingly but casually plays with our emotions, like a baby walking her fingers across a parent's face; it leaves you changed, entertained, nostalgic, dazzled.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 18, 2015
The kind of classic that lingers in the mind after you've seen it, sparking personal associations. And if it's as successful as I suspect it will be, it could shake American studio animation out of the doldrums it's been mired in for years.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 17, 2015
This is heady stuff - a more natural fit for a black-and-white Bergman than a kiddie caper.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Top Critic
June 17, 2015
It's not just a brilliant idea, but maybe the most conceptually daring movie the Bay Area animation house has ever produced. And that's really saying something, what with WALL-E on the books.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
June 17, 2015
Only Pixar could turn a metaphor into a heart-tugging story about preteen growing pains. Absolutely brilliant.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 17, 2015
Pixar's tour of an 11-year-old girl's head is a flat-out masterpiece that proves live action doesn't have dibs on cinematic art. Oh, did I say it was funny? It is, uproariously so, when you're not brushing away a tear.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 17, 2015
Pixar stands alone, and "Inside Out" shows you why.
June 17, 2015
In the course of the whole year, there will probably be no American movie so concerned with looking inside, and so interested in the components of a meaningful life, as "Inside Out."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 17, 2015
This teeming, tear-duct-draining, exhaustingly inventive, surreal animated comedy is going to be a new pop-culture touchstone. In all kinds of ways it's a mind-opener.
June 17, 2015
Perhaps Pixar will never again reach the heights of its remarkable string of masterworks, "Wall.E," "Ratatouille" and "Up." The best of "Inside Out" comes close.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 17, 2015
It is a joy for audiences seeking entertainment, an ingenious work of craft for those paying close attention, and a wallop of feeling that's still too rare coming from a cartoon.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 17, 2015
You want to see this movie. You need to see this movie. Because "Inside Out" is terrific, a mind-bending concept turned into a brilliant film, a return to form for Pixar not just in terms of quality but in taking risks - risks that pay off.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 17, 2015
Whatever brainstorm led the Pixar folks to "Inside Out," they've created the most extraordinary film of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 16, 2015
A movie that's so smart and psychologically clever, it may leave little ones scratching their heads wondering why their parents are laughing so hard and getting so choked up.
Full Review | Original Score: A
June 16, 2015
It's a totally satisfying adventure with lot of surprising twists, and one of the best emotional payoffs in the Pixar canon.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 16, 2015
Has moments that are as emotionally gutting as anything I've seen in a Pixar film. At the same time, I was surprised at how fleeting the experience felt.
June 16, 2015
Each plot development invites scrutiny for its symbolism: Yes, it's a vibrant, witty adventure, but what's really going on here?
Full Review | Original Score: A-
June 16, 2015
A great blend of thoughtfulness and understanding went into "Inside Out," and the outcome will likely, again, raise the bar for other studios trying to keep up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 2, 2015
Call Inside Out a comeback, a return to form, a gratifying reminder that no one else would attempt to make a children's tentpole movie about how emotional pain is just as essential a part of life as happiness.
May 18, 2015
This adventurous outing manages the great Pixar trick of operating on two levels-captivating fun for kids, disarming smarts for adults-that sets the studio apart.
May 18, 2015
Pixar's 15th feature proves to be the greatest idea the toon studio has ever had ... promises to forever change the way people think about the way people think, delivering creative fireworks grounded by a wonderfully relatable family story.