“Once Agin A Solid Gold Pixar Flick”
“Is Monsters University The Return To Form For Pixar We Have Been Waiting For? Yes And No.”
“"I'm Gonna Be A College Student!..."”
“If You're Not Scary, What Kind Of A Monster Are You?”
“Do You Have What It Takes To Be An MU Alumni?”
“Monsters University, A Clever, Unique & Completely Fun Wild, Insane Yet Emotional Ride Is Easily The Best Animated Film So Far This Year. Although An Unnecessary Prequel To Say The Least, At The End Of The Day, I'm So Glad Pixar Decided To Make This Movie”
“A Solid, If Not Unnecessary, Prequel That Provides Plenty Of Entertainment, Albeit At The Expense Of A Consistent Story.”
Pixar's emphasis on character and story made (and could make again) worlds that we fell in love with. Monsters University - a fun, disposable watch - has taken one of these worlds and repeated it to formula.
Henry Barnes - Guardian [UK]
Scanlon deals honestly and inventively with the hard reality that some talents can't be taught and some dreams remain unfulfilled.
Justin Chang - Variety
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
Jordan Hoffman - Film.com
The latest Pixar offering charms in an excessively familiar way that illustrates a troublesome eventuality: Pixar has lost its edge.
Eric Kohn - indieWIRE
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.
Todd McCarthy - Hollywood Reporter
Pixar's ''Monsters University'' might not be as gifted as some of its other movies, but sometimes it's alright to be OK.
Jake Coyle - Associated Press
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.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
- Empire Magazine
Monsters University isn't perfect...Still, it's easily the most enjoyable animated film so far this year, one that is visually stunning, wickedly subversive, incredibly funny, and lump-in-your-throat emotional.
Drew Taylor - The Playlist
A frivolous but enjoyable prequel.
Matt Singer - ScreenCrush
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.
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out New York
"Monsters University" is fine family entertainment with something for the adults and a lot for the kids.
Charlie McCollum - San Jose Mercury News
Pretty tepid for Pixar. Basically it's REVENGE OF THE NERDS,
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
On the evidence of Pixar's latest cartoon, 'Monsters University,' the studio's brain trust is beginning to run thin in the ideas department.
Kirk Honeycutt - honeycuttshollywood.com
The Pixar themes may be present and correct, but its values are sorely lacking.
Ed Gibbs - The Sun Herald
It's the perfect summer movie for kids; the monsters on campus won't scare anyone in real life...problem is they won't make you laugh much either.
Mark Ellis - Schmoes Know
It is the sheer wit and charm of Pixar's quirky, multi-coloured characters that make this cleverly conceived prequel such an enjoyable romp
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
... at least it feels like they tried to take creative and thematic advantage of the opportunity here, and that's more than is true of most sequels.
Drew McWeeny - HitFix
It is ultimately a kids movie through and through and one I can't wait to show to my kid.
Kristian Harloff - Schmoes Know
Continues Pixar's tradition of hearty laughs and character rich stories, yet cannot contend with the mighty weight of high expectations brought on by its superior original.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
One of the funnier films the studio has ever produced. Once upon a time, however, Pixar could also be relied upon for drawing a tear or two...[and] this is basically an animated spoof of Animal House.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
A bright, breezy, funny and beautifully presented film that will slug it out with Despicable Me 2 for the animated hit of summer award.
Mark Adams - Screen International
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.
Alonso Duralde - The Wrap
Monsters University is proof that prequels can be done right.
Blake Howard - 2UE That Movie Show