Monsters University Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
October 3, 2015
With their prequel, Pixar creates a respectable and fun companion piece to "Monsters, Inc."
Bryan Bishop
The Verge
January 22, 2014
Proof that Pixar still has that intangible magic, and is able to make movies for children, adults - and the adults of tomorrow.
Kam Williams
Baret News
January 19, 2014
Animated prequel explains how polar opposite protagonists Sulley and Mike met and became the best of friends.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Jason Best
Movie Talk
January 19, 2014
Animated gem Monsters, Inc was so hilariously inventive and original that it's hardly surprising that Monsters University can't quite recapture its predecessor's magic, yet it's still packed with witty dialogue, sly visual gags and boisterous action.
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
December 15, 2013
Pixar continues its unabated string of hits with this fascinating prequel to their celebrated "Monsters, Inc." In many ways, this film is better than its predecessor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
December 5, 2013
Animated film about monster college students competing to become the scariest one of them all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
October 23, 2013
It may not be as inventive as the original, but there's still plenty here to coax a smile, and it's still great family entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Christy Lemire
August 8, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
July 26, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Michael A. Smith
July 20, 2013
Directed by Dan Scanlon, whose PIXAR association includes stints working on "Cars," "Brave" and the short film "Mater and the Ghostlights," "Monster's University" is a worthy prequel to what is arguably one of PIXAR's greatest achievements.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Garry McConnachie
Daily Record [UK]
July 18, 2013
Pixar's funniest film to date
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
July 12, 2013
One day, it will be interesting to see in which order children will prefer to play the DVDs of the two Monsters' films. For now, many adults will find the new version has been 'Disneyfied' at the expense of Pixar's more poetic core values.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Terry Staunton
Radio Times
July 12, 2013
The loose and familiar interplay between Crystal and Goodman drives the film and gives it endless charm, with Mirren a glorious addition to the cast ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James White
SFX Magazine
July 12, 2013
A worthy addition to the Pixar class of classics.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
July 11, 2013
If you enjoyed Monsters, Inc 12 years ago then you're not going to be disappointed even if it does feel a little slight at times.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tasha Robinson
The Dissolve
July 11, 2013
It's a strong look at the genesis of a satisfying partnership, but it could be stronger if it trusted that partnership to carry the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
July 11, 2013
It is funny. But the longed-for return to Pixar greatness seems as far away as ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
July 11, 2013
Pixar revisits the characters from 2001's Monsters, Inc. for a frat-house prequel. Which is kind of an odd setting for a kids' movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph
July 11, 2013
The story is so fully and elegantly realised that to call it a prequel would somehow feel like an insult.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
July 11, 2013
Mostly takes the old college tropes and doesn't sneak, crawl or run too far with them. There's a bravura scene near the end that's far and away the film's best 10 minutes. Most spark, spontaneity and character complexity is left for the sideline monsters.
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