Cars 2 Reviews

  • The animation is superb, but the length and sledgehammer delivery takes Cars 2 down to second gear.

    Julian Roman — MovieWeb

  • At least Cars 2 looks as expertly sleek and sturdy as audiences have come to expect from the standard-setting animation company, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • Mater is dumb, excitable and puppy-dog loyal, his idiot-savant automotive expertise grounded in humble, blue-collar simplicity. I doubt anyone will protest much, but Pixar has now found its redneck Jar-Jar Binks. Such a proud moment.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • Cars 2 demonstrates that not every hit movie merits a sequel.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • As lovable as Mater is, let's face it: A little bit of Larry the Cable Guy goes a long way.

    Michael O'Sullivan — Washington Post

  • The original movie has been debugged and rethought. It's funnier and sharper.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • Notwithstanding John Turturro's amusingly smug Italian F1 speedster and a few lighthearted jabs at Japanese TV and technology, Cars 2 generally remains stuck in neutral.

    Nick Schager — Village Voice

  • Lasseter and his team's pitch-perfect way with genre cliches revs up the espionage subplot.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • The law of averages has finally caught up with the most remarkable studio in modern movie history, the dream factory that lived up to Buzz Lightyear's joyous cry of "To infinity and beyond." This frenzied sequel seldom gets beyond mediocrity.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • We've come to expect perfection from Pixar, mostly because Pixar expects perfection from itself.

    Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News

  • Larry the Cable Guy has helped make Mater one of Pixar's sweetest creations. He just happens to reside in the studio's least-magical franchise.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • A light summer feast for the senses that will have the whole family vrooming, for sure.

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • At a time when some "grown-up" action films are relentlessly shallow and stupid, here is a movie with such complexity that even the cars sometimes have to pause and explain it to themselves.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Despite its technical and design finesse, this ranks as Pixar's weakest project to date, as well as the first from the animation powerhouse that can be described as craven.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Despite the bucktoothed charm of the truck named Mater and a plot that pays lip service to alternative fuels, the John Lasseter-directed animation does not turn the lemon into lemonade.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • With "Cars 2," Pixar goes somewhere new: the ditch.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Not that Cars 2 is an actively bad animated film. It's just sort of an average animated film.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • It's sometimes funny, often silly but never really transcendent, though the same could probably be said of the original, as well.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • The rare sequel that improves on its predecessor, this lightning-paced caper-comedy shifts the franchise into high gear with international intrigue, spy-movie spoofery and more automotive puns than you can shake a stickshift at.

    Justin Chang — Variety

  • They said it couldn't be done. But Pixar proved the yaysayers wrong when it made its first bad movie, "Cars." Now it has worsted itself with the even more awful "Cars 2."

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

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