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Monsters, Inc. Reviews

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Jeremy Heilman
March 5, 2002
I don't mind flights of fancy in a film, but I do like a consistent tone. This film fails to deliver one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David N. Butterworth
October 18, 2008
The complexities of the script, while clever, will likely fly over the heads of most within its target demographic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
October 30, 2001
Turns out to be stingy on context, commentary, and the prism-ing view of pop culture that made the earlier films mint.
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
November 12, 2001
Even with all the good cheer on display, this represents the first instance in which Pixar's ability to produce a thoroughly magical experience hits a brick wall.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Frank Lovece
TV Guide
November 2, 2001
A bland, computer-animated feature.
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
November 2, 2001
Monsters, Inc. just can't figure out how to elaborate on and flesh out this parallel universe in a way that stays novel. It opts for an easy plot development -- and a babyish one at that.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
November 2, 2001
Apart from one lovely scene -- where the monsters and child climb over a moving assembly line of doors, leaping in and out of different realities -- Monsters, Inc. fails to develop the poetic richness of its metaphor.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
November 14, 2001
The plot premises of Monsters, Inc. strike me as downright peculiar for a supposed children's entertainment.
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Stephan Lee
Entertainment Weekly
December 19, 2012
It may be harder nowadays to dazzle audiences with fancy visual effects, but Monsters, Inc. 3D proves that smart, imaginative storytelling still does the trick every time.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Nick McCarthy
Slant Magazine
December 19, 2012
Not even the opportunistic 3D-ification can squander the pure delight of the film's meticulously detailed world of ragtag creatures.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Sandy Schaefer
December 21, 2012
There's really little reason to check out Monsters, Inc. 3D in... well, 3D, rather than going for a good old-fashioned 2D screening instead.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013
Remains as wonderful and remarkably charming as it was when it was first released.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.0/5
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 3, 2013
This didn't need 3D to work. It long ago passed the kids-wear-out-the-DVD-rewatching-it test.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
October 1, 2005
An undeniably entertaining success. For children, parents, babysitters, and lovers of imagination, Pixar continues to be a godsend.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ed Gibbs
The Sun Herald
January 6, 2013
A shrewdly timed reminder of Pixar's early, heady days, when the animation powerhouse could do no wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
January 16, 2013
Despite its eternal message about physical differences and the importance of love over fear of the unknown, Monsters, Inc primarily remains an ambitious concept film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
January 20, 2013
[I] really don't see the point of paying extra for children under eight. Their eyes are still developing, their noses are still small for slippery glasses, and... isn't a trip to the pictures enough for them in any case?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 2, 2001
Monsters, Inc. is cheerful, high-energy fun, and like the other Pixar movies, has a running supply of gags and references aimed at grownups.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
October 30, 2001
Reaffirms the fact that a good animated film can be every bit as stimulating and emotionally satisfying a motion picture as a high quality live action endeavor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
November 3, 2001
It should be put in the dictionary to illustrate the word, "adorable."
| Original Score: 4/5
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