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Monsters University Reviews

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Christy Lemire
ChristyLemire.com
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
Grantland
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-
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
July 9, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 21, 2013
As prequels go, Monsters University is pretty nifty.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 21, 2013
Although it falls short of the best Pixar has brought to the screen over its long association with Disney, it's nevertheless worth a trip to the theater, especially for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Matt Zoller Seitz
Chicago Sun-Times
June 21, 2013
[It] is true to the spirit of the original film, "Monsters Inc.", and matches its tone. But it never seems content to turn over old ground.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
June 21, 2013
[It] conforms to [Pixar's] apparent drift toward the average, with toy sales taking priority over originality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 21, 2013
'Monsters University" is an imaginative, raucous, wildly inventive cartoon of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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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.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 21, 2013
Monsters University is cute, and funny, and the animation, though not exactly inspired, is certainly colorful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
June 20, 2013
I'm not sure I needed to revisit Mike and Sulley's world 12 years later (or, looked at from their point of view, earlier). But once you find yourself whisked over the threshold, it's a colorful, funny, charming place to spend an afternoon.
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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
June 20, 2013
Execution matters. Verve, and energy, and inventiveness matter. And Monsters University is funny, fast, and likable, with occasional moments of real visual surprise and laugh-out-loud offhand gags.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
June 20, 2013
The result is a charming addition to the Monsters canon.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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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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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 20, 2013
An amusing and amiable addition to Pixar's roster of animated coming-of-age stories.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
June 20, 2013
Animation, monsters and the Socratic method? Scanlon and the crew make it work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
June 20, 2013
Director Dan Scanlon and his creative team pay exquisite attention to each delicious detail, including young Mike's retainer that gleams each time he grins.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 20, 2013
Despite its brainy title, "Monsters University" only earns a passing grade on its looks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
June 20, 2013
"Monsters University" has an emotional quality that its whimsical predecessor lacked.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
June 20, 2013
The under-5 set may find it funny, though I suspect their parents will be checking their watches a lot, as I did.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 20, 2013
It's all infectious fun, despite the lack of originality. In the art of tickling funny bones, Crystal and Goodman earn straight A's.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
June 20, 2013
The movie is not up to the company's highest standards, but it's certainly better than most other kid flicks you'll see this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 20, 2013
A pleasant cartoon from a studio that once consistently amazed us.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 20, 2013
Everything's okay. Good, even. Pixar has nobody to blame but itself for making us expect more.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
June 20, 2013
A gentle, poky riff on college-comedy clichés, complete with a villainous, snobbish fraternity, a heroic, outcast fraternity, and a stuffy, intimidating dean (Helen Mirren, wonderfully severe).
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 20, 2013
Not every film can be a "Finding Nemo" or a "Ratatouille."
| Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 20, 2013
The artwork is accomplished, and intricate. The G-rating is genuine, without any gross-out gags. And there's none of the usual winks to the adults with tired, pop-culture references.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 19, 2013
This is not a bad movie, and to small children it will be a very good one. But it is closer to average than one would wish ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
June 19, 2013
Monsters University is exactly the rebound Pixar needed after 2011's Cars 2 left some wondering if the studio had lost its magic.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
June 19, 2013
"Monsters University" is one of those movies that has absolutely no reason to exist, but once you've seen it, you're kind of glad it does.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
June 18, 2013
Even when Pixar isn't aspiring to an idea, it has a way with genre.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
June 18, 2013
If the film lacks the heartbreaking quality of Pixar's revolutionary best, there's no demerit in playing it solid and safe for a change.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Charlie McCollum
San Jose Mercury News
June 18, 2013
"Monsters University" is fine family entertainment with something for the adults and a lot for the kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
June 17, 2013
Pixar's ''Monsters University'' might not be as gifted as some of its other movies, but sometimes it's alright to be OK.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
June 14, 2013
This minor film with major charms still deserves to have kids dragging their parents to the multiplex for one more peek at the monsters in the closet. With Pixar, familiarity breeds content.
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Justin Chang
Variety
June 10, 2013
Scanlon deals honestly and inventively with the hard reality that some talents can't be taught and some dreams remain unfulfilled.
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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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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
June 9, 2013
Falling squarely between the studio's classics and its decidedly lesser work, Monsters University is a solidly average Pixar effort, one that brings laughs to the kegger, but you'll be hard-pressed to remember it at the reunion in 10 years.
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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
June 9, 2013
The latest Pixar offering charms in an excessively familiar way that illustrates a troublesome eventuality: Pixar has lost its edge.
Full Review | Original Score: B