Monsters University

Critics Consensus

Offering Monsters, Inc. fans a return visit with beloved characters, Monsters University delivers funny and thoughtful family entertainment for viewers of any age.

80%

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Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan are an inseparable pair, but that wasn't always the case. From the moment these two mismatched monsters met they couldn't stand each other. "Monsters University" unlocks the door to how Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and became the best of friends. -- (C) Walt Disney

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  • It is essentially Revenge of the Nerds, with fur. And scales. And whatever gooey, gelatinous substance comprises the outer coating of various other oddball creatures in this crazy parallel world.

    Aug 8, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Studios don't often seem to be thinking about the ideal moviegoer, just about the maximum number of moviegoers ... Pixar is no different in that regard, but even in this relatively fallow period ... it's never stopped thinking the most of us.

    Jul 26, 2013 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • So many movies, these days, are about nerds and their market value. Dan Scanlon's prequel is the newest, but already feels old.

    Jul 12, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It is funny. But the longed-for return to Pixar greatness seems as far away as ever.

    Jul 11, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's not that Monsters University lacks any of the heart or wit of Pixar's finest achievements - the attention to detail and sight gags are as impressive as ever - but narratively speaking this is derivative in the extreme.

    Jul 11, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • It has enough of the right stuff to haunt the imagination long after the immediate buzz of its fluffy-furred cuteness has melted away. For a mere prequel, that's a result.

    Jul 9, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Monsters University

  • Oct 24, 2016
    A vaguely amusing sequel!
    Film C Super Reviewer
  • Jun 19, 2016
    It may fall into old and tired cliches at times, but Monsters University still keeps the Pixar charm with fun new characters, funny and witty dialogue and a surprisingly poignant ending.
    Matthew M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 06, 2014
    I thought this cash grabber gave a little bit back. It was a good show. Gives a lot of hope to those college viewers out there too. Completely captures the feel of college academia in a family film, which is fine since the kids that watched the original are now probably in College. The story is tight. not a stitch. and the visuals Pixar delivers just get better and better.
    Vincent T Super Reviewer
  • Feb 01, 2014
    For the children a morality tale told cute about never giving up, perserverence. For the teens to adults crowd eplentiful (yet little) jokes referencing school days, sold with familiar, if cartoon, faces and voices. All in all not a bad way to spend some time though nowhere near the masterpiece Toy Story 3 turned out to be.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer

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