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Monsters University Reviews

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Eileen Jones
Not Safe For Work Corporation
June 27, 2013
It's a typical Pixar film, so loaded with gloppy sentimentality and sugary-sweet candy-colored characters and naggy moralizing I see no reason why it shouldn't make three hundred million dollars, easy.
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
June 20, 2013
Offers little that merits accreditation.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Nick McCarthy
Slant Magazine
June 18, 2013
Unfortunate proof that the animation studio previously known for its brains is now resting a little too heavily on its nominal brawn.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
June 23, 2013
If Pixar would simply take chances on original ideas and thoroughly explore them like they used to, there's a good chance that they could jump right back on top, instead of churning out films that are half-baked.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Hannah McGill
The List
June 24, 2013
If the Monsters Inc. concept was never Pixar's most graceful one, the original film at least had a high quota of warmth, which is harder to locate amid the snide jocks vs nerds standoffs here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
July 13, 2013
Do these movies have to be so unremittingly bland?
Ed Gibbs
The Sun Herald
June 16, 2013
The Pixar themes may be present and correct, but its values are sorely lacking.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 20, 2013
No better or worse than the average (and I mean average) time-filling sequel cranked out by other animation houses.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 20, 2013
It's an awful disappointment-and one more reason to worry about Pixar's future under Disney ownership.
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Jordan Hoffman
Film.com
June 18, 2013
The company that married state of the art computer animation with striking, creative storytelling has transformed, sadly, into something else: a production house that bangs out kids' films
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Adam Woodward
Little White Lies
July 11, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
June 20, 2013
Far more Cars 2 than Up, it is cute -- but no more than cute.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kirk Honeycutt
honeycuttshollywood.com
June 17, 2013
On the evidence of Pixar's latest cartoon, 'Monsters University,' the studio's brain trust is beginning to run thin in the ideas department.
Full Review | Original Score: 5
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
June 21, 2013
This is a safe, predictable, edge-free, nearly bland effort from a studio that rarely hedges its bets.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
June 20, 2013
Mostly memorable for being fine but forgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Stephen Silver
EntertainmentTell
June 20, 2013
It's not terrible by any means, but it is completely unnecessary. I was all set with one "Monsters, Inc." movie, and I don't think this universe needed to be revisited again.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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June 21, 2013
What hasn't advanced is the plotting, which was nothing special last time and is so formulaic now that it's basically surprise-free.
Dann Gire
Chicago Daily Herald
June 20, 2013
Monsters University suffers from comparisons to its superior original.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
June 10, 2013
It should be remedial school, not an institution of higher learning, for Monsters University, an alarmingly lame effort from Pixar, the Oxbridge of animation studios.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
June 20, 2013
Both the originality and stirring emotional complexity of "Monsters, Inc.," with its exquisitely painful and touching parallels with the human world, are missing ...
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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