A wonderfully imaginative film, filled with just the right amount of nostalgia and sentimentality to win over audiences of all ages.
Julian Roman - MovieWeb
A work of American art as classic as it is modern.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
... both in its ingratiating vibe and bland execution, Cars is nothing if not totally, disappointingly new-age Disney ...
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
Smooth, but bland and forgettable.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
The animation is stunningly rendered. But the story is always the critical element in Pixar movies, and Cars' story is heartfelt with a clear and unabashed moral.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
It's the latest concoction from the geniuses at Pixar, probably the most inventive of the Computer Generated Imagery shop -- and the film's great fun, if well under the level of the first Toy Story.
Stephen Hunter - Washington Post
The short answer is: Pixar does it again.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
What ultimately redeems Cars from turning out a total lemon is its soul. Lasseter loves these animated inanimate objects as though they were kin, and it shows in every beautifully rendered frame.
Robert Wilonsky - Village Voice
It achieves the near impossible, turning cars, trucks, tractors and farm harvesters into cute Disney characters whose fates you'll care about.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
It thunders ahead with breezy abandon, scoring big grins on its way.
Amy Biancolli - Houston Chronicle
No other outfit can match Pixar's knack for plucking heartstrings without tearing them off the frets.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
Cars idles at times. And it's not until its final laps that the movie gains the emotional traction we've come to expect from the Toy Story and Nemo crews.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
Like the Toy Story films, Cars is a state-of-the-computer-art plea on behalf of outmoded, wholesome fifties technology, with a dash of Zen by way of George Lucas.
David Edelstein - New York Magazine
Along came the interstate, apparently, and ruined everything. Just like that darned Internet, I guess, or that superhighway stuff, or those dumb movies they make with computers nowadays.
Anthony Lane - New Yorker
It tells a bright and cheery story, and then has a little something profound lurking around the edges. In this case, it's a sense of loss.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
While it's a technically perfect movie, its tone is too manic, its characters too jaded and, in the end, its story too empty to stand up to expectations.
Jessica Reaves - Chicago Tribune
At 116 minutes, it's a test not of speed but endurance.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
Pixar finally rolled out a clunker.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
It takes everything that's made Pixar shorthand for animation excellence -- strong characters, tight pacing, spot-on voice casting, a warm sense of humor and visuals that are pure, pixilated bliss -- and carries them to the next stage.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
It's touching, it's funny, it offers cautions about the modern pace of life, and it depends on a sense of rural Americana for its soul.
Tom Long - Detroit News
The truest measure of the movie is that eventually we forget we're watching a bunch of vehicles with faces and start to think of them as individual characters. It's quite an accomplishment, and perhaps one only possible by Pixar.
Bill Muller - Arizona Republic
Despite representing another impressive technical achievement, it's the least visually interesting of the computer-animation boutique's movies, and -- in an ironic twist for a story about auto racing -- drifts slowly through its semi-arid midsection.
Brian Lowry - Variety
Cars somewhat self-indulgently runs nearly two hours -- but overall, it's well worth the trip.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
It's beautiful to look at. The talking cars feel more alive than talking cars should.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Cars made me want to hop in my jalopy and to head out to Route 66, bypassing the boring interstate highways that made the Mother Road redundant.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
For parents out there whose future holds the certain prospect of the DVD version blaring repeatedly from family-room screens, let this by your advisory. Warning: Cars comes unequipped with two essential options -- charm and a good muffler.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
None of the characters in Cars feel like flesh and blood. None of them feel like family. Instead, they're just a means to an end -- vehicles and nothing more.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
It's impossible to find more joy in the dark at the moment.
Michael Agger - Slate
While Cars may cross the finish line ahead of any of 2006's other animated films, it's several laps behind its Pixar siblings.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
While the other guys are still hawking talking animals, the folks at Pixar continue to up the anthropomorphic ante with terrific characters and crowd-pleasing storytelling that are as much a part of the company's much-deserved success as all that state-of
Michael Rechtshaffen - Hollywood Reporter
The makers of Doc Hollywood called. They want their movie back.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
Existing both in turbo-charged today and the gentler '50s, straddling the realms of Pixar styling and old Disney heart, this new-model Cars is an instant classic.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
Fueled with plenty of humor, action, heartfelt drama, and amazing new technical feats, Cars is a high octane delight for moviegoers of all ages.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
What's surprising about this supremely engaging film is the source of its curb appeal: It has heart.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Brent Simon - Shared Darkness
Pixar's grown so metallic that having automobiles for animated characters becomes disturbingly apt
Fernando F. Croce - CinePassion
Although the plot coasts along a predictable path, the verbal jokes and sight gags rev things up along the way, making the film enjoyable almost from start to finish.
Steve Biodrowski - Cinefantastique
I've never seen a Pixar film so void of magic, and originality before...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
This noisy animated paean to NASCAR and Route 66 gets mired in the middle laps on a grippy track.
Justine Elias - Boston Phoenix
Owen Wilson's infectious good-natured energy permeates Pixar's light-hearted animated movie about "Lightning McQueen" a rookie competition race car that discovers there's more to life than winning races.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Kit Bowen - Hollywood.com
Cars is Pixar's most improbable success to date, a film that could easily have misfired, but somehow does not.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
Brian Gibson - Film School Rejects
Here it is, another masterpiece from director John Lasseter and his fellow geniuses at Pixar Animation Studios, once again raising the bar out of reach of everyone but themselves.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Despite its technical accomplishments, Cars feels less Formula One than Ford Fiesta.
Demetrios Matheou - Film4
One of these days, the magicians at Pixar will make a bad movie%u2013or even a mediocre one%u2013but it hasn't happened yet.
Brandon Fibbs - BrandonFibbs.com
The rote melancholy song by Randy Newman evokes more laughter than compassion.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
It's never a good sign when the funniest, most entertaining part of a movie are the closing credits.
Jette Kernion - Cinematical
There's a lot of heart and soul--complemented by some of the most eye-popping visuals the computer-animation pioneer has ever devised.
Kevin Lally - Film Journal International
Cars is not Pixar at its very best but it's immaculately drawn, full of surprises and beautifully voiced. It also moves at an astonishing speed.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
Rips off Doc Hollywood, almost note for note.
Christy Lemire - Denver Rocky Mountain News
Beautifully animated, and the story is great.
Forrest Hartman - Reno Gazette-Journal
In Cars Pixar has come up with a strong story, beautiful images, intriguing themes, and endearing characters.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
This isn't a bad story, but it's a bit hokey, and not nearly as imaginative as Pixar's previous triumphs.
Russ Breimeier - Christianity Today
Often veers over the central line between watchable and disappointing.
Harry Guerin - RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
n this day of skyrocketing gas prices, when going out for a drive has become a frivolous luxury, this car-culture film could be a cute reminder of days past%u2014a fun historical reference for the kids%u2014sort of like Disney's Dinosaur.
Michael Szymanski - Sci-Fi Weekly
a steep step downwards for all and everything concerned, unless you're a Caucasian sports car
Jay Antani - Cinema Writer
There's sure to be a dud somewhere in its future, but right now, the Disney/Pixar combination is the film industry's only sure-fire, guar-an-teed, git-'er-done hitmaker.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
An average Pixar movie remains markedly better than the best from any other animation studio.
Joe Utichi - FilmFocus
Beneath those whiz-bang, state-of-the-art graphics lies a paean to nostalgia we've all heard before.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
Judged against previous form, this is not Pixar firing on all cylinders, lacking the sophisticated comedy we've come to expect. Judged against fare from other studios, however, it's a triumph.
Olly Richards - Empire Magazine
The animation is as gorgeous as always, but when you find yourself admiring the beautifully rendered scenery in a cartoon you have to wonder whether the film itself is really working.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
A movie that's as much about racing as Titanic was about a luxury liner crossing the Atlantic.
Wesley Lovell - Oscar Guy
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
It had to end sometime. After a run of standard-setting CGI movies, Pixar has finally delivered a dud.
Paul Arendt - BBC
Basicamente es la historia animada de anecdotas que ya hemos visto en el cine, especialmente en cintas como Un Paseo por las Nubes o la mismisima Doc Hollywood de 1991.
Luis Martinez - Cinenganos
A warning light came on in my head when I noticed that Cars has more credited screenwriters (six) than many cars have pistons (four).
Larry Ratliff - San Antonio Express-News
Vic Holtreman - ScreenRant
... uma maquina azeitada como seu protagonista, mas poderia ser um pouco menos artificial em seu desenvolvimento.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Cars makes Over the Hedge look like a Pinto.
Gina Carbone - Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
La animacion de Pixar se supera, una vez mas, a si misma, aunque no mantenga la frescura narrativa ni la originalidad de historia y personajes de sus mejores peliculas.
Enrique Buchichio - Uruguay Total
Pixar's animated Route 66 provides ample opportunity for getting one's kicks.
David N. Butterworth - rec.arts.movies.reviews
This one might be perfect for those pre-teen boys, but I'm not sure how girls will take to it, or adults for that matter.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
If you see Cars, you'll have a pretty good time yourself.
Jean Lowerison - San Diego Metropolitan
It feels like one of Pixar's less imaginative rivals trying to make a Pixar movie, but falling into the tired trappings that Pixar, up to this point, has deftly avoided. It is also two hours long, which is about 30 minutes longer than it needs to be.
David Medsker - Bullz-Eye.com
Cars may be the closest Pixar ever gets to making a "bad" movie, and even then it's still pretty good.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
...a movie that's almost impossible to dislike...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Dean Essner - Baltimore Sun
And they're off!
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Cars is - dare I say it? - a little on the dull side.
James O'Ehley - SA Movie & DVD Magazine
Has a message about the virtues of the simple life that's hard not to like.
Audrey Rock-Richardson - Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
I watched CARS through the windshield of my car. I'd not been to a drive-in in years. Oh, and the movie was pretty darned good too!
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
Cars is about as much fun as a traffic jam in desert heat, or heck, watching NASCAR
Mike Sage - Peterborough This Week
Runs on a half tank of entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Pixar is the safest entertainment bet in town. So when I see what was really an uninteresting-looking preview, I ran out to see it. It had unexpected pleasures and was just as I had hoped.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
Is there a script mechanic in the pits? ... I've heard of funny cars, but Cars just isn't funny.
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
For all of its high-octane characters, Cars too often seems to be spinning its wheels.
Todd Jorgenson - Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
While it may not seem like it now, (Cars) will wind up another cartoon classic from a company that, apparently, can produce nothing but timeless treats.
Bill Gibron - DVD Verdict
...a solid, enjoyable movie whose only real drawback is its failure to inspire awe with its visuals and to thoroughly transport with its storytelling.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
I'm wondering if the Piston Cup conceit of huge crowds of cars watching fellow cars race around a track crashing is perverse in a "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" sort of way.
Dan Fienberg - Zap2it.com
A uniquely American experience in a uniquely American setting ... And it's a heck of a lot of fun.
Mark Collette - Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
If you've enjoyed the other Pixar entries, then Cars won't disappoint. It's another grand slam from the masters of animation.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Most of its horsepower can be attributed to the sparkling visuals.
John P. McCarthy - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
While the vehicle might be less than overpowering, no one can accuse the Pixar pit crew of not priming their theme with every ounce of octane in the creative pump.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
As interesting as a ten-hour drive around Passaic, New Jersey.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
It is entertaining, colorful, and it has dazzling images and clearly-defined characters.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Disney - the same company that ... helped turn Times Square into an outlet mall, is going to lecture me on the commodification of America?
Pete Vonder Haar - Film Threat
Cars is definitely not the worst Pixar movie. That was A Bug's Life. Doesn't anybody remember how surface and banal that was?
Fred Topel - Can Magazine
Its characters may be made of steel, but this movie is made of sturdier stuff: heart and art.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
It's powered by a human heart through a roadway of natural wonders and cultural signposts en route to the checkered flag.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
While it has heart and spunk to spare, it's still just a few quarts shy of greatness on the dipstick of animation immortality.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
It's the one movie so far this summer that demands to be seen on the big screen.
Ethan Alter - TV Guide's Movie Guide
As much as the movie makes such imagery oddly fresh again in the ever-strange form of animation (look how sharp that butte looks!) it is also, inevitably, archaic.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
Dave White - Movies.com
Cars does boast an inspired design, and the flow of the racing scenes is dynamic and impressive.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
What Pixar's latest 'toon lacks in plot freshness, it makes up for with great characters, fun vocal performances, and a script with genuine emotional heft.
Ethan Alter - Premiere Magazine
Directed by Pixar creative mastermind John Lasseter, Cars adds plenty of warmth and sweetness to its visual wizardry.
Carla Meyer - Sacramento Bee
Cars might get us into car world as a gimmick, but it doesn't get us into car world as a state of mind. Thus, the animation, rather than seeming like an expression of the movie's deeper truth, becomes an impediment to it.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
[T]hey're cars! But they're people! But they're cars! Huh?
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Pixar has done it again. The world's most ingenious and respected animation studio has achieved another creative triumph in the hilariously inventive "Cars."
Angela Baldassarre - Sympatico.ca
One minute you're checking your watch, the next a tear has formed in the corner of your eye because you're suddenly 4 years old again, half asleep in the back of your dad's Pontiac.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Though the central idea of nostalgia for a quieter, small-town life may well be lost on this movie's young audience -- Cars finds a pleasant and often sparkling groove.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
Cars is a pleasant joyride through some spectacular terrain. But from start to finish, there isn't a curve in the highway that you don't see coming from miles away.
Frank Houston - Palm Beach Daily News
Cars is the first Pixar flick I'd describe as "cynical," and that, frankly, breaks my heart just a little bit.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
There's little doubt that, from a technical standpoint, Pixar Animation's latest creation, Cars, runs laps around the competition.
Glenn Whipp - Los Angeles Daily News
Cars creates a world so palpably real that within minutes we accept that its only sentient creatures are automobiles.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
...scenes involving the colorful townspeople, capitalizing largely on Paul Newman's skill at playing wise yet ostensibly cantankerous old men, are repeatedly interrupted by long stretches of boring homages to the world of celebrity...
Rubin Safaya - Cinemalogue.com
The script is unfailingly witty, the animation is breathtaking and clever -- the cast of voice actors is spirited and funny, and the direction as accomplished as any film you're likely to see this year.
Randy Myers - Contra Costa Times
... every time Cars looks like it's running off the road, its visual wit -- and its all-star vocal cast -- save the day.
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
It's another innovative piece of entertainment from the animation studio, taking the audience on a kinetic trip into a world populated only by automobiles.
Lisa Rose - Newark Star-Ledger
Its overtly nostalgic pining for small town Americana is something for which the 5- to 12-year-olds of today have no comparative sense, and certainly no longing.
Brent Simon - FilmStew.com
It has the heart and humor of Toy Story, kid-friendly cuddliness of Monsters, Inc. or Finding Nemo, and the kinds of adult gags and action sequences that yield bursts of energy in The Incredibles.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
one of the most eye-pleasing computer-animated films to date... As is typical with a Pixar film, the laughs continue all the way to the movie's last frame.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
This might not have the strong sentimental story that we've seen in previous Pixar films, but it is as cute, clever, and funny as ever.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
Perhaps the movie's idyllic small town of Radiator Springs should have been depicted through stop-motion or traditional animation, to suggest the limits as well as the appeal of the so-called good old days.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
While it isn't as genuinely great as a number of their previous works, it's deeper, and that alone is worth the look.
Eric Lurio - Entertainment Insiders
So warm, fuzzy and passionate about its four-wheeled characters is Cars that you may start to wonder about the efficiency of evolution itself.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
The joy of watching Cars is also its message: It's the journey that counts, not just the destination.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Make no mistake - Cars is still the best animated film this year. But with Pixar behind the wheel, the film should have cruised to must-see status. Instead, it stalls.
Tyler Hanley - Palo Alto Weekly
Younger viewers who are not so demanding will enjoy Cars more than the adults. Despite its cliches, it is colorful, funny and sweet.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Cars is up-to-date computer animation of unusual swank, but it wears a weary heart on its long chrome sleeve.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
It's great to see [John Lasseter] back in total creative control of the Pixar animated films. He's a Walt Disney for this generation.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Where did it all go right?
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
The voices are great, a handful of puns are funny and the last half-hour is the Pixar movie we've expected to see. But that stalling sound in the opening race of "Cars" is Pixar's first-ever sputtering-out of imagination and immersion.
Nick Rogers - State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
Brilliant in Every Aspect - the best family film this year.
Diana Saenger - ReviewExpress.com
Given the studio's track record this should have been an easy lap around the track, but instead it putters towards the finish line.
Paul Salfen - Supercala.com
Some of the Pixar magic may have been misdirected on this project, but these guys probably couldn't make a bad movie if they wanted to.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Apparently, anthropomorphized machines are a whole lot less fun than anthropomorphized fish, insects, toys or monsters. Remember last year's Robots? Yeah, me neither
Jon Niccum - Lawrence Journal-World
From the remarkable visuals, to the diverting vocal performances, to clever jokes about motor racing and the automotive lifestyle, vital, jaunty life pulses throughout Cars.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
Great fun for all ages, with inventive imagery and ideas, a clever script and an evocative cast of all-star voices.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Be warned: there are no superheroes in this first Pixar effort since The Incredibles. Instead, there is a funny, visually stunning, and genuinely superheroic effort to pay homage to friendship and the delights to be found along a forgotten highway.
Pam Grady - Reel.com
That it doesn't quite match the amazing previous movies feels like a minor technical nitpick in the face of the assuredness with which the team delivers its brand of entertainment.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
Pixar is truly the Ferrari of animation studios...another winner!
John Venable - Supercala.com
Cars is a great looking film that doesn't have a great story
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Cars runs out of gas long before it reaches the finish line. With twenty minutes cut it could have been a contender, but it's the worst Pixar film to date.
Devin Faraci - CHUD
Pixar's corporate merging with Disney makes more sense now.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
Richly silly, but also solid, with something for the kids and the adults
Les Wright - culturevulture.net
Pixar's seventh feature film Cars arrives with more of a sputter than a zoom. It's a skid, if not entirely a blowout.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Funny and warm and beautiful and awe-inspiring and nothing short of absolutely wonderful.
David Cornelius - eFilmCritic.com
Has all the charm of the Pixar canon, though little of the emotional resonance and clear thinking of their best films.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
For the first time in Pixar's young history, the meaningful lessons of the plot take a back seat to the filmmaker's breathtaking art.
Sean O'Connell - Filmcritic.com
Cars, although obviously the product of highly gifted and hard-working animators, is something of a misfire.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
Larry The Cable Guy saves a movie that is good, but not great.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Never really quite great, it's still a good enough diversion for the family and should please adult fans of racing.
Marrit Ingman - Austin Chronicle
You'll walk out of the theater wondering if it's OK to be disappointed when a movie is merely good.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
Calling it a borderline lazy effort in the script department would be assuming that the eight credited writers actually put forth an effort beyond just watching Doc Hollywood one night.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
Pixar maintains the lush visuals and sweet story, but the crossover is limited this time around.
Jeff Otto - ReelzChannel.com
Absorbing, charming, and even touching.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
2004's dazzling Incredibles promised Pixar was growing up and willing to try new things. Cars is incontrovertible proof that promise was not kept.
Brian Orndorf - FilmJerk.com
Cars may not have the strongest story, at least according to Pixar standards, yet thanks to Lasseter's passion the movie still gleams. It's as if the screen had just been waxed.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
Every voice fits and every scene works.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
As far as the script goes, "Cars" is a little bit pedestrian.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
The creative mind rot that was foretold by The Incredibles comes home with full, Lamborghini-against-a-brick-wall force in a dull highway opera that's only notable for its technical achievements.
Steve Schneider - Orlando Weekly
At almost 2 hours, the movie, well, exhausts its welcome, somehow managing to be simultaneously frenetic and leaden.
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The script may miss the parental angst lurking within Toy Story and The Incredibles, but it still contains the studio's rich sense of humor.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
And as pop flies go, Cars is pretty to watch, even as it loops, drifts and, at times, looks as if it's just hanging in midair.
Gene Seymour - Newsday
Cars cheerfully hitches cutting-edge animation to a folksy narrative plugging friendship, community and a Luddite mistrust of high tech.
Ella Taylor - L.A. Weekly
The good looks, the joking winks and nudges, and the race-circuit star power never really get this one out of the driveway.
Laura Kelly - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Thank God for the technical glory of Pixar, because if we had to rely on script and performances, Cars would crash and burn.
Dean Essner - E! Online
The film is easily their [Pixar's] weakest effort to date, but Pixar on a bad day is better than most studios on a good day.
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
While entertaining and visually spectacular, this tale is less touching than what Pixar has used us too.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
All of this sloppy characterization would have been forgivable if the cars had funny things to say, but the script is mainly a succession of bad car puns.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
Cars gives you plenty of time to think, some of which you may wish to use wondering why it isn't a better movie.
Bruce Newman - San Jose Mercury News
Other Pixar movies have been funnier than Cars, but director John Lasseter and his collaborators really make us long for the dusty charms of Radiator Springs, a town Norman Rockwell might have imagined if he'd had a hard drive at his disposal.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
The buzz got it wrong: Cars has turned out to be all pleasure, one of Pixar's most imaginative and thoroughly appealing movies ever.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Pixar and director John Lasseter have a track record so amazing, they can make a fine feature that's likely to be the year's best animated film ... and still have it be a disappointment.
Andy Klein - Los Angeles CityBeat
The soulless quality that permeates most CGI toons is missing in this studio's output, and Cars nearly rivals the Toy Story twofer in creating life where none should exist.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
By previous Pixar standards, it's a weak sort of win.
Tasha Robinson - AV Club
Pixar has yet another winner on the track
Sean McBride - Sean the Movie Guy
Once you start running into Jay Leno as 'Jay Limo' and Bob Costas as 'Bob Cutlass,' the whole thing starts to feel almost as annoying as a DreamWorks movie. I guess it had to happen sooner or later.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
a great movie that's not just a, you'll pardon the expression, character-driven story, but also an irresistible paean to life in the slow lane
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
With its fundamentally flawed concept of talking cars, you'd be best advised to skip the movie and buy the toys. Even the best of Pixar's talent can't put a shine on this jalopy.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Absolutely ingenious! The more you know about cars and car movies, the richer the experience of watching. Put the pedal to the metal and get going.
Susan Granger - Modamag.com
The animation is jaw-droppingly gorgeous, and the characters are wonderful. But it's kind of odd, really.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Even if Cars isn't the studio's champion outing, Pixar continues to run on all cylinders.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Cars is a brilliantly executed movie with a well tuned screenplay built on the simple but evergreen character elements that gave old Hollywood its golden glow: decent human values.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
Honks its horn for the rewards and satisfactions of community versus the emptiness of selfishness and the culture's focus on winning and fame.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
These Cars seem somewhat used...while enjoyable enough, and certainly well made, it's no classic.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Cars inspires more admiration than elation. It dazzles even as it disappoints.
David Ansen - Newsweek
After a half-dozen feature films -- not one flop among them -- Lassater and his team certainly know how to construct a story.
Annlee Ellingson - Boxoffice Magazine
Musty, corny, and largely devoid of any enchanting magic, it's also the pioneering Pixar's first effort that, trailblazing technical virtuosity be damned, feels disappointingly regressive.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
Pixar throws us another phenomenal animated film that is as fun to watch as it is beautiful to look at.
Danny Minton - Beaumont Journal
Most of the ingredients that have made Pixar-Disney animations pure delight and box-office bonanza are evident in Cars, a technically impressive, quite entertaining, if also narratively flawed feature in which the metallic protags have energy.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
I found it really touching. I mean this is a worthy edition to the great Pixar library.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
A love letter to the heyday of the American road and the faded mystique of Route 66.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
There are many other brilliant scenes, some just as funny but there are just as many occasions where you feel the film's struggling to fire on all cylinders. Still, it's a Pixar film, right? And they're always worth a gander no matter what anyone says.
Dean Essner - Time Out