An absolutely dreadful summer at the movies is rescued by the wizards at Pixar.
Julian Roman - MovieWeb
Even with the bar raised high, Toy Story 3 enchanted and moved me so deeply I was flabbergasted that a digitally animated comedy about plastic playthings could have this effect.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
This film -- this whole three-part, 15-year epic -- about the adventures of a bunch of silly plastic junk turns out also to be a long, melancholy meditation on loss, impermanence and that noble, stubborn, foolish thing called love.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
How the animation wizards at Pixar keep coming up with innovative and rapturous stories is one of the miracles in modern film.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
It's an emotional dissonance Pixar has always been supremely comfortable with, as Toy Story 3 once again proves with knowing humor, wildly imaginative visual virtuosity and bittersweet rue.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
Toy Story 3 rouses itself, rung by rung of visual and conceptual invention, until it can stand close to the level of Pixar's best. More than that: The heart still beats in this franchise's digital chest.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
When teenaged Andy plops down on the grass to share his old toys with a shy little girl, the film spikes with sadness and layered pleasure -- a concise, deeply wise expression of the ephemeral that feels real and yet utterly transporting.
Eric Hynes - Village Voice
By the time its poetic ending arrives, encapsulating the transformative, continuing power of play, we recognize that none of us move from one stage of life, or beyond, without help from our friends.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
I won't tell you what that ending is, but it took my breath away, and I'll bet it takes yours. Do see this lovely film sooner than later.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
The technical wizardry only enhances Toy Story 3's emotional resonance.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
Consider the oft-amusing, terribly clever G-rated sequel Toy Story 3 as the brightest student in the class delivering a very fine B paper.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
Toy Story 3 succeeds not because of its glossy and gleaming high-tech pixels, but rather because it is so well-written that you could tell it with low-tech hand puppets and still thrill and reach an audience of children and adults both.
James Rocchi - MSN Movies
There are many sweet laughs and joking allusions to horror and prison-break movies, but the Pixar gang gets at the most primary fear -- being cast off and no longer of use.
David Denby - New Yorker
I expect its target audience will love it, and at the box office, it may take right up where How to Train Your Dragon left off. Just don't get me started about the 3-D.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Though uneven and less witty than the first two, Toy Story 3 delivers quite enough in two dimensions.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
Toy Story 3 is solid, smile-inducing stuff. But by the inherent nature of a sequel, and our familiarity with the main characters, the glow of originality has dissipated.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
I'd like to thank the folks at Pixar for ending Toy Story 3 with a nice long gag reel alongside the final credits. It gave me time to blot away my tears before entering the lobby.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
More than with any other Pixar film, there's an edge and sadness that clings to Toy Story 3, even as it's bouncing from one zany situation to the next or trotting out some impossibly cute toy character.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Toy Story 3 is very much a worthy entry in the series, a movie well worth making (and seeing). It continues the legacy. It just doesn't expand upon it.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
This tertiary adventure delivers welcome yet nonessential fun, landing well after its creators have grown up and succeeded toying with more sophisticated stories.
Peter Debruge - Variety
Toy Story 3 may not be a masterpiece, but it still had me in tears at the end.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
Dazzling, scary and sentimental, Toy Story 3 is a daringly dark and emotional conclusion to the film series that made Pixar famous.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Toy Story 3 is every bit as amusing and delightful as its predecessor, but there are darker elements to the saga.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
A worthy finale to a fantastic franchise.
Laremy Legel - Film.com
Once it kicks in to unexpectedly become a prison-break thriller, it fires on all cylinders all the way to the finish line.
Todd McCarthy - indieWIRE
At its best, most moving moments, Toy Story 3 is a story about the pang of a young adult moving away from home and leaving child-like things behind.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
A bona fide summer delight loaded with action, humor, nostalgia, a veritable blizzard of pop-culture references and general good vibes.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
Toy Story 3 is a near-perfect piece of popular entertainment.
Dana Stevens - Slate
Pixar has done it again, extending an amazing streak of successes that stretches all the way back to the original Toy Story.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Woody, Buzz and playmates make a thoroughly engaging, emotionally satisfying return.
Michael Rechtshaffen - Hollywood Reporter
Adults in the audience will undoubtedly shed a tear or two. But that's how good the folks at Pixar are: They make you feel genuine emotions for hunks of plastic.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
Some toys -- and Toy Storys -- are to be treasured forever.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
It hits every button from laughter to tears and lifts you up on waves of visual dazzlement. And you don't need to take a kid along to appreciate it... Tag it as one of the year's best.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
The best movie of the year so far.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
Toy Story 3 pays attention to the reasons we return again and again to the motion picture experience.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Toy Story 3 isn't in the same league as its predecessors, but it's close enough that most people won't care.
Edward Johnson-Ott - NUVO Newsweekly
It affirms that change is inevitable, and even in this weird and fascinating universe of talking toys, love lives on in the next generation.
The genius of the computer-animation powerhouse Pixar is stamped on every single frame of Toy Story 3. The studio that brought you Finding Nemo, WALL-E and Up has come up with another classic.
Leigh Paatsch - Herald Sun (Australia)
What continues to astonish about the Pixar films is the way they manage to pair blissful entertainment with the miraculous experience of being human.
Scott Renshaw - Salt Lake City Weekly
There's no way this Pixar sequel could match the peerless level of the first two films, and it doesn't, but after a slow start this one gets into gear, and the third act is a barn-burner.
A reasonable amount of fun ensues.
- Sacramento News & Review
The ostensibly inanimate objects are far more animated than most movie stars.
It takes a kind of genius to combine a children's movie for grown-ups and a grown-up's movie for children in one glittering digimated package, yet the folks at Pixar have done it time and again.
Anthony Quinn - Independent
Maybe, sadly, there comes a time when the toys of childhood have to be packed away. But, not as long as this movie is playing which, we expect, will be forever.
Come for the joyful kid stuff, but be warned, these animators don't play around.
Margot Harrison - Seven Days
As much as we may love Woody, Buzz, and the other characters in this toy box, Toy Story 3 shows it's time for Pixar to put away these toys for good.
Kirk Baird - Toledo Blade
Action-wise, this is essentially a prison-break caper, but there is so much more to it than this.
Forget Butch and Sundance, Bogart and Bacall or Hepburn and Tracy. There is no more engaging double act in the movies than Woody and Buzz and the pair make a triumphant, long-awaited comeback in Toy Story 3.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
Tthis is one of the best films with the number three in the title you're ever likely to see.
Toy Story 3 does not live up to its predecessors. It surpasses them.
- People Magazine
The sheer artistry makes it worth watching, even as it sends the wee ones shrieking into their mothers' arms.
Norman Wilner - NOW Toronto
Toy Story 3 is just the right mix of adventure, joy and, most of all, wonder that we all need right now.
It's sweet, innocent, intelligent, poignant -- and, most importantly, as wonderfully playful as movies can be.
John Serba - MLive.com
While the franchise's sentimental mould is inviolable, this sequel has a darker, more satirical edge.
More than 10 years have passed since Toy Story 2 but that lengthy absence has only increased the appetite for a further adventure and allowed the geniuses at Pixar to devise an inventive and satisfying story.
Allan Hunter - Daily Express
Genuinely moving and a beautiful farewell to a beloved series, Toy Story 3 is the must-see movie of the summer.
Matt Joseph - We Got This Covered
Consider it one last farewell to the innocence of youth and bid adieu to this Story.
Glenn Dunks - Trespass
From 1995's Toy Story to now, we know these are not mere toys. Woody, Buzz and the rest have inner lives of their own, demonstrating unconditional loyalty, love, camaraderie and tearjerking nostalgia.
Chris Garcia - Austin American-Statesman
Sit back, put on your glasses, and enjoy: It's summer, and Pixar has made you a treat.
- Willamette Week
While the concept has turned darker, Toy Story 3 carries it off brilliantly.
Jay Stone - Canada.com
The whole project is so masterfully conceived and executed that you either go along for the ride or sit in stunned appreciation for how singularly Pixar has maintained control over the creative quality of its output.
Perry Seibert - TV Guide's Movie Guide
I seriously doubt there will be a more hilarious and heartfelt blockbuster all summer.
Tom Charity - CNN.com
This one wraps up the series perfectly and lets us all move on.
Will Leitch - Deadspin
... this is [Pixar's] prison film, and they load it with suspense, clever references, invention and action.
Adam Ross - The Aristocrat
While this is a good sequel, I wish it had had more of the emotion that had made the first two films so memorable.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
You can intellectualise and even defend the reasons why the film is disappointing, but that doesn't stop it being disappointing.
Ryan Gilbey - New Statesman
It's still more inventive, clever and laugh-out-loud funny than any other movie out there now.
Toy Story 3 is probably the best of the series ...
Ed Whitfield - The Ooh Tray
Another worthy entry in a much-heralded series that amounts to a prison break story as exciting in its own way as Steve McQueen's "The Great Escape".
Louis Proyect - rec.arts.movies.reviews
I can understand the creators not wanting to sugarcoat life merely because the colors are brighter and voices chirpier, but why is Toy Story 3 so intent on being such a manipulative downer?
Jordan Hiller - Bangitout.com
Woody, Buzz & Co. triumph again but lose a bit of magic.
Don Groves - sbs.com.au
Pixar have once again reminded me that there is a way to create a film that not only appeals to just about everyone, but also prove that three-quels need not suck.
Ryan Cracknell - Movie Views
A story with timeless, universal themes: family, coming of age (and leaving behind childish things), and the inevitable time when, past our prime, we will all face potential social obsolence. [Blu-ray]
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
These toys may be old, but there's still plenty of mileage left in 'em.
R. L. Shaffer - IGN DVD
It's funny, warm, clever, exciting and touching, a story of friendship and imagination and a last blast of childhood joy...
Sean Axmaker - MSN.com
A kids' movie for grown-ups. A grown-up movie for kids. Exactly what you'd expect -- and hope for -- from the latest, and we're guessing final, Woody and Buzz adventure.
Dan Jolin - Empire Magazine
It may be darker, but favorite moments abound in this film--Pixar treats that make "Toy Story 3" a fun film to watch over and over.
James Plath - Movie Metropolis
The question was never going to be, 'Is Toy Story 3 any good?' ... The question could only be, 'To what degree does Toy Story 3 make you wish you could grab a hold of the wonder that is life and squeeze it as if it were a teddy bear?'
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
Toy Story 3 has all the sass, action, and derring do of the Indiana Jones movies, the charm, admiration, and fun of its predecessors and cousins at Pixar, and enough laughter and imagination to fuel generations to come,
Elias Savada - Film Threat
Impecable produccion en todos sentidos... sin embargo, es una version menos blanca y mas cargada de dramatismo. Una cinta mas para adultos que para ninos.
Luis Martinez - Cinenganos
The Toy Story movies have always been impossible not to love thanks to their mixture of heart, humour and action, but this last goodbye is the best yet.
Matt Neal - The Standard
Toy Story 3 is equal parts hilarious, touching, insightful and exciting and anyone who doesn't come out smiling probably isn't human.
Tim Martain - The Mercury
full review at Movies for the Masses
Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
Bonnie is a touching tribute to the unbridled childhood imagination -- quite clearly, the kind of child who grows up to be a Pixar animator.
Jonathan Romney - Sight and Sound
The perfect film does not, and cannot, exist. But if it did, it would probably look a lot like this.
Robbie Collin - News of the World
The best film Pixar have ever made.
Chris Laverty - Clothes on Film
By [Pixar's] high standards this isn't the best, but by anyone else's, it's close to perfection.
Ailsa Caine - Little White Lies
I tried stuffing paper into my nose and into my mouth and in my ears to stop the flow. It was hopeless. Toy Story 3 is not only a masterpiece but is the most heart-rending film I have ever seen.
Andrew O'Hagan - This is London
Even the hardest of hearts will have melted by the time the lights come back up.
James White - SFX Magazine
It's a sign of Pixar's ongoing brilliance that even when there would appear to be no real need for another Toy Story sequel the studio delivers one that feels utterly essential.
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
Toy Story 3 surpasses the 1995 original and its 1999 sequel for thrills, spills and laughs, delivering the most satisfying journey of the trilogy.
Catherine Jones - Liverpool Echo
It's an effortlessly superior family movie.
I doubt we'll see better all year.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
This is an almost flawless example of a movie that will keep pretty much any person of any age enthralled and entertained.
Alex Zane - Sun Online
It's a film that moves as much as it entertains, that will make adults cry as much as -- perhaps even more than -- younger children.
Sukhdev Sandhu - Daily Telegraph
A film to enrapture children, and make adults weep. Plastic cowboy hats off to Pixar once again.
Daniel Etherington - Film4
The 'Toy Story' films are deservedly seen as the gold standard for computer-generated animation...
Ben Walters - Time Out
Toy Story 3 is clever, inventive and deeply moving, a fabulous film which can be enjoyed by all ages -- and you can't say that about many movies.
Roz Laws - Birmingham Post
If there were a Nobel Prize for Digital Animation it would have been won almost every year by Pixar.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
The glow of originality may have dimmed, but Pixar's third rummage in the toy box delivers exactly what it's supposed to, with appealing fringe benefits.
Alan Jones - Radio Times
A fitting, poignant close to the series, and -- thankfully -- entertaining not only for kids of all ages, but people of all ages too.
Matt Risley - Sky Movies
Like an overdue reunion with an old friend... it's a trilogy that's grown up without losing its soul.
David Cornelius - eFilmCritic.com
Toy Story 3 expertly combines dazzling visuals and thrilling adventure, with a touching story about saying goodbye to old friends.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
It's sadder and scarier than its predecessors, but it also may be the most important chapter in the tale.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
There's legitimate poignancy in the way the characters have retained their handcrafted look even after 15 years of ruthlessly streamlined computer animation
Fernando F. Croce - CinePassion
The film succeeds mostly because yes, it's more of the same.
Stephen Silver - The Trend
But for a nip tuck, Toy Story 3 might be a masterpiece. Heck, I'll take it anyway.
Rob Humanick - Projection Booth
These toys are unbreakable - in a series that will last to infinity and beyond!
Roger Tennis - Cinemaclips.com
I appreciate it as an efficient, effective machine - even a thing of beauty. But you can't make me love it. And it scares me just a little that so many of you love it so loudly.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
You can't get your childhood back but for one hour and 38 minutes Toy Story 3 gets you pretty close. Oh, and by the way -- your kids will love it, too.
Baz Bamigboye - Daily Mail [UK]
It makes sense that the film was penned by Michael Arndt, whose Little Miss Sunshine provided a similar balance of mirth and melancholy.
Andrew Hedley - Flicks.co.nz
The writing quality is what makes this film work as a comedy, an adventure, and a film with some serious affecting human drama.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Another outing for Woody and the gang, another masterpiece for Pixar.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
To call this film critic-proof is an understatement, but here's a fact: there really isn't any way to improve upon Pixar's pitch perfect ending to their Toy Story saga.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
Toy Story 3 is a Mr. Potato Heady assemblage of nostalgia, excitement, and danger. It flies in all directions, but Woody keeps it pleasurably intact.
Tony Macklin - tonymacklin.net
Like all the best sequels, Toy Story 3 builds upon and deepens the characters, relationships, and themes that fueled the previous entries in the series
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
When graded on the Pixar curve Toy Story 3 feels, even for all its scariness and darkness, kind of weightless.
Devin Faraci - CHUD
It's by now a worn out verdict: Another masterpiece by Disney/Pixar.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Managing to create real moments of suspense, a hugely powerful emotional sequence towards the end is testament to the relationships we've built up with this bunch of toys.
Sam Bathe - Fan The Fire
A fun adventure with plenty of laughs and a strong narrative. It will undoubtedly capture the attention of both kids and adults. It's almost impossible not to like.
Matthew Toomey - ABC Radio Brisbane
Funny, inventive, touching; flawless.
Marc Fennell - Triple j
The pain of goodbye is beautifully balanced by the trademark excellence of the Toy Story series. A fantastic way to go out.
Ben McEachen - Empire Magazine Australasia
And it's not cheap sentiment. There's something really deep and sweet about everything in the Toy Story series.
Margaret Pomeranz - At the Movies (Australia)
The 3D animation is quite beautiful, and there's the usual bonus of a Pixar short film before the feature, the clever and enchanting Night and Day.
David Stratton - At the Movies (Australia)
Perhaps it's more likely to give parents nightmares than children!
Jason Di Rosso - MovieTime, ABC Radio National
While packed to the margins with witty jokes and visual gags, the charming third instalment never loses sight of its emotional core.
Cara Nash - FILMINK (Australia)
Once again, you're left with a groundswell of admiration for the skilled people at Pixar, who have an uncanny way of balancing emotional weight with outrageous moments of comedy and action.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Anyone who's ever felt left out and abandoned will understand the emotional heart of this triumphant tale of friendship and loyalty.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
I found myself crying a bit for these animated inanimate objects.
Bob Grimm - Reno News and Review
One sequence alone has more heart, humour, intellect and hair-raising thrills than most films - live-action or animated - have overall.
Anders Wotzke - Moviedex
...suffice it to say - it's great.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
Good but not great.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
As people grow up, life moves on, and it's inevitable that they'll part from people, places and things they love. Toy Story 3 illustrates this movingly and with real poignancy.
Simon Reynolds - Digital Spy
Amid all the lively antics, this is a thoughtful story about regret for the past and fear of the future.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Worthy threequel to the wonderful Toy Story franchise with gorgeous animation, terrific vocal performances and a brilliantly written script that's consistently both laugh-out-loud funny and powerfully emotional.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
This is another home run for Pixar. A perfect conclusion to a perfect movie trilogy.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Woody and the gang stare into the abyss in this crazy, inspired homage to jailbreak films
Jeff Meyers - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Such a deep wrap-up that it makes the previous two movies feel like episodes, while this movie feels like the summation.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
Despite its flaws, it retains the innocence, charm and (some of) the wit of the classics, and handles some potentially difficult subjects with Pixar's now-trademark ingenuity.
Charlie Lyne - Ultra Culture
It doesn't try to surpass its predecessors but simply continues the story in such a wonderful, natural progression that it melds with ease into the brilliance that is the Toy Story lore.
Kit Bowen - The Movie Kit
Aims right for the sadness and ache that comes along as life shifts around you.
Dave White - Movies.com
Another Pixar masterpiece, capping a groundbreaking and exciting trilogy. Emotional, well crafted and intelligent. The hallmarks of Pixar quality.
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
The best of the bunch. Touches the funny bone, the brain and the heart.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
The film does go through a lot of extra action sequences just to fill up time (not just one, but three trips in a dump truck) but it is worth the wait for that exquisite ending.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Pretty much a perfect film...
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Driven by a good plot and clearly defined characters, Toy Story 3 is injected with humour and powered by fun as the adventure of their lives brings these toys together in ways that will entertain and move you
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
Everything works: from the excellent voice cast to the way the story naturally evolves and leaves us in a happy place. This is a film that will certainly endure the test of time
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
Balances rollicking adventure, personality-driven comedy and wrenching pathos with a deftness only surpassed by a handful of animation efforts.
Nick Schager - Lessons of Darkness
The Pixar team are true masters of their craft. Their stellar cinematic efforts do indeed go to infinity and beyond
Alice Tynan - Concrete Playground
Ever moreso than the other films: you only thought you felt bad about your old toys--oh my God, you're going to feel horrible.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
The perfect ending to a near perfect series of films.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
I was shocked with how much joy and sweet sadness this threequel gave me. I will no longer doubt you, Pixar.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
The emotional roller coaster this film takes its audience on is better than anything at Disneyland.
Danny Minton - Fort Bend Sun
It shouldn't be surprising that Pixar can make a sequel that retains all the charm of the film that preceded it. After all, they've done it before.
Dan Lybarger - eFilmCritic.com
The storytelling and animation are delightfully engaging.
Diana Saenger - ReviewExpress.com
There is so much to be absorbed here that a second viewing, at least, is a prerequisite.
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Pure, unadulterated enjoyment ---
Jeanne Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
At best, Toy Story 3 stands as a refinement of Toy Story 2, a movie which was an unnecessary sequel to begin with.
Jeremy Heilman - MovieMartyr.com
Toy Story 3 is a remarkable film and a fitting conclusion to one of the most consistently enjoyable trilogies ever made.
Thomas Caldwell - Cinema Autopsy
If this is the final chapter of the toys from Pixar, then I couldn't have imagined a better send off...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
By the high standards of Pixar, the new Toy Story falls slightly short - which means it's still better than anything else in the computer-animated sweepstakes.
Steve Biodrowski - Cinefantastique
Three-peats may be rare in the sports world, but they're even harder to achieve in the cinematic realm. Yet Toy Story 3 emerges as the perfect final chapter in a trilogy that's guaranteed to live on for generations (to infinity and beyond?).
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
What a triumph this incredible new 'Toy Story' adventure is! It does a terrific job emphasizing the relationship between toys and a child's imagination.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
I wish I could be one of the few to hate on this movie, it'd drive up my traffic numbers. But I can't, it has an Evil Stuffed Bear! Toy Story 3 is not perfect, but it's strong. This coming from a Pixar Hater.
Michelle Alexandria - Eclipse Magazine
Pixar produces the best movies on the planet. Period. Want proof? After Toy Story 3 the audience cried then cheered. And critics cried. Critics don't cry. Ever.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
This endearing escapist summer adventure will bring tears to your eyes and is not to be missed. The design work is spectacular and the cinematography is vivid utilizing every color imaginable in the crayon box. The sight gags and jokes make this a...
Keith Cohen - Entertainment Spectrum
Toy Story 3 feels like a once-every-five-years confluence of perfection in tone, delivery, timing, humor and drama.
Phil Villarreal - OK! Magazine
The eternal questions that the first two movies raised, about what happens to toys when playtime is over, are answered in ways that are both surprising and gently comforting.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
[I]t seemed like a good thing not to get one's hopes up too much... because how long can Pixar's streak of genius and spirit and wonder last?... [But this] brings the overarching story to its satisfying conclusion...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
A fitting finale for a Disney trilogy guaranteed to resonate with kids of any age for generations to come.
Kam Williams - TheLoop21.com
Exactly what this bummer of a summer needs -- a creative, intelligent, heartfelt slice of immensely satisfying entertainment.
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
Toy Story 2 remains the high-water mark, but in this finale Pixar once again reaches for the sky.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
Brilliantly tying up the two films that came before in a way that so many sequels fail to do, the geniuses at Pixar have done it again. It's another masterpiece.
Brian Tallerico - HollywoodChicago.com
How does Pixar keep doing it? I think it's voodoo; does anyone else think it's voodoo?
Rob Vaux - Mania.com
Pixar's storytelling masterminds serve up yet another exceptional film packed with humor, imagination, adventure and emotional resonance.
Tyler Hanley - Palo Alto Weekly
I seem to be defending each issue with a surprising amount of forgiveness. Maybe it's one of those amazing conundrums where you love the stuff it does, but you hate how it gets there, and you're stuck with this push-pull of pleasure and remorse.
Fred Topel - Can Magazine
A terrific and funny summer adventure.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
There's a saying, not often heard in Hollywood: Third time's the charm...Fortunately, Toy Story has had a nice long rest -- it's been 11 years since part two -- while its makers at Pixar have kept in shape with a string of seven hits.
Chris Knight - National Post
This is how good "Toy Story 3" is: Even the ending credits have more story arc, more emotional resonance, than many other movies have in their entire running time.
Matt Soergel - Florida Times-Union
In execution, entertainment value and integrity, the latest Pixar animated feature vastly outdoes the live-action summer movie fare that surrounds it.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
If the first half is uncertain, the second is flat brilliant.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
Another summer, another Pixar feature, another masterpiece.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
Both a paean and a monument to creativity and the love of things that bring us joy. Please reward the studio for giving us the best.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
The intelligence, wit, emotion and sheer care that the studio brings to this production is more than enough to make up for the few instances where its ambition outstrips its execution.
Ethan Alter - NYC Film Critic
Adults, especially those who had -- or still have -- a favorite toy will grasp the poignancy underlying the entire feature.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
In TS3, we come full circle to the biggest question of all: What does it mean not to feel outdated, or misunderstood, but truly useless? It's Waiting For Godot at Lego scale.
Steven Snyder - Techland
I confess: I had to steel myself as if I were preparing for a punch in the face to keep from bawling like a baby during 'Toy Story 3' (which, among many other things, is a very witty spoof of the classic Hollywood prison movie).
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
How dare you, Pixar! How. Dare. You... It really isn't fair for other studios who are constantly playing hit-and-miss with the moviegoing public.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Can we put Pixar in charge of every movie sequel?
Christian Toto - What Would Toto Watch?
Woody's insistence on rallying everyone back to their bedroom makes him the toy box Tina Turner, and the flick is smart enough to know it.
Amy Nicholson - I.E. Weekly
In the cleverly entertaining Toy Story 3, Ken is confused and superficial, and also pretty fabulous.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
Toy Story is a funny, touching and most excellent farewell to the characters we've come to know and love.
Vic Holtreman - ScreenRant
A loving, nostalgic, heartfelt treat for the kid in all of us, 'Toy Story' may be the most treasured animated trilogy of all time.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
Delivers the goods as an engaging animated adventure and also gives the characters we've come to love the farewell they deserve.
Jen Yamato - Movies.com
is as close to moviemaking perfection as you could possibly ask for and easily stands as not just the summer's best film, but an easy favorite for the year's best as well.
Jeffrey Lyles - Gazette (MD)
The gags are all of a piece, right up to the forlorn yet enchanting finale.
As Lotso, Ned Beatty offers the most compelling portrait of avuncular villainy since, well, Ned Beatty in Network, and Michael Keaton's Ken is the quintessence of himbo-ism.
Christopher Orr - The Atlantic
I hope this is the last Toy Story...a fitting and moving final chapter that takes the premise of the first movie to its logical conclusion.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
TS3 is so much more than mere child's play: a poignant, funny and sometimes surprisingly disquieting experience. Pixar has once again flown to infinity ... and beyond.
Kimberly Gadette - Indie Movies Online
Toy Story 3 is so besotted with brand names and product-placement that it stops being about the innocent pleasures of imagination -- the usefulness of toys -- and strictly celebrates consumerism.
Armond White - New York Press
My advice? Bring a tissue.
Alison Gang - San Diego Union-Tribune
[VIDEO ESSAY] An obvious split between the accomplished progression of the first two movies and the inferior last installment is the departure of the enormously talented writer Peter Docter from the franchise.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Dare I say that Toy Story 3 is a perfect film? Pixar, yet again, delivers a brilliant film that will make you laugh, cheer and even shed a few tears. Bravo!
Kevin McCarthy - BDK Reviews
Make no mistake: this Toy Story trilogy, and Toy Story 3 in particular, is a great work of art - one of the cleverest pieces of story-telling magic that Hollywood has ever conjured.
Austin O'Connor - Examiner.com
It's a soulful movie, but it's also very nearly as funny as the earlier Toy movies are.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
It's said Pixar doesn't make bad movies. It may jump the shark one day, but I'm happy to report that day isn't today.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
A fitting capstone to a landmark series of animated films.
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
Suffice it to say that it's the funniest comedy and the most exciting action movie I've seen so far this year. (And I might have ruined a vintage handkerchief during the last 20 or so minutes of the film, but I'm not saying.)
Alonso Duralde - Queer Sighted
The Toy Story saga comes full circle with an installment that's easily as compelling and consistently involving as both Toy Story and Toy Story 2...
David Nusair - About.com
What Pixar does better than any other artistic source is make us believe, including the notion that a fourth Toy Story, if it ever happens, would be even more carefully perfected than this.
Steve Persall - Tampa Bay Times
The third time isn't exactly the charm for this friendly series of films, but this next step in the evolution of Buzz and Woody is dutifully manic and frequently engaging.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
characters that are as real as a kid's sense of wonder, and the kind of magic that transports everyone in the audience, regardless of age
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
A true circle of life that may end as the credits roll here but, as all good souls do, finds a way to begin again in a film that is every bit as wonderful as its predecessors.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
Pixar does it again - that is, they take a bunch of animated toys and teach us all about the human heart in an entertaining, magical way.
David Foucher - EDGE Boston
It's a sequel. It's in 3-D. It has no kiddie-flick competition. Really, how good does it have to be? Apparently, as good as Pixar can make it.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Enormously entertaining third chapter in the computer-animated series that started it all. Delighted audiences will ensure a long shelf life for Pixar's iconic toy collection.
Kevin Lally - Film Journal International
This third installment co-scripted by Michael Arndt ("Little Miss Sunshine") turns out to be a surprisingly dark evocation of Steven Spielberg's "A.I.: Artificial Intelligence" (2001), readdressing the fear-of-abandonment theme, and it has several chuckle
James Verniere - Boston Herald
Briefly loses its footing during the first hour, but still manages to be an imaginative, witty, poignant and hilarious adventure that will captivate everyone. Bring on Toy Story 4!
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
A Pixar film is the closest thing you have to a guarantee in Hollywood. Name even one other cinematic enterprise in which you can take your seat, brazenly certain of complete fulfillment.
Brandon Fibbs - BrandonFibbs.com
It winds its way gently toward its big themes instead of grabbing desperately at them, and because its plot is so beautifully worked out, getting there is almost all of the fun.
Stephanie Zacharek - Movieline
Toy Story 3 is as good as any movie Pixar Studios has made, and better than a few of them. I'd be tempted to say it's Pixar's best film, but it's a close call.
Frederica Mathewes-Green - Christianity Today
Another sentimental journey with some old friends, new scene-stealers and a powerful, heartfelt mix of sugar and spice.
Dezhda Gaubert - E! Online
A worthy sendoff for a landmark series.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
I don't want to oversell it, but Toy Story 3 is the single greatest thing mankind has ever produced.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
It's easily the best film of the summer so far ... if not the entire year.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
If in singing the film's praises one can do no more than follow a familiar hymn sheet, so be it. Like their plastic space ranger, Pixar is a company prepared to reach infinity and beyond, and there's little sense arguing with such lofty ambition.
Joe Utichi - Cinematical
In a summer that will be littered with bad sequels, bad 3-D and bad storytelling, it is a movie to be heartily embraced.
Charlie McCollum - San Jose Mercury News
... if there is a word more complimentary than perfect I would have used it, but I can't come up with one. Wait, now that I think about it, maybe masterpiece is that word. Yep, that will suffice. Toy Story 3 is an absolute masterpiece.
Adam Tobias - Watertown Daily Times
The best children's films aren't only for children.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
This is a highly entertaining, mega enjoyable and extremely well-made pic. (Parental Review also Available)
Jim Judy - Screen It!
Phenomenal. The perfect addition to what is now an unparalleled cinematic trilogy.
Sean O'Connell - Filmcritic.com
The Pixar team can combine storytelling, art, and emotion into a movie that still surprises and delights the audience whether they are 4-years old or 94-years old.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Tears tell no lies in the end: Toy Story 3 is sketchy, but it's also profoundly moving.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine
Their last playtime, an emotionally potent assertion of the importance of memory and the ongoing cycle of childhood wonderment, has come, and it has been a joyful dance.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
It might be G-rated, but Toy Story 3 is fully mature.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
A work so effortlessly charming and emotionally powerful that viewers will find their faith in the power and glory of film at least temporarily restored.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
It's all neatly thought out and executed but, at this point, the Pixar mixture of antic slapstick and hard-sell sentimentality has lost some of its potency.
Adam Nayman - eye WEEKLY
Smart, funny "threequel" a little scarier than first two.
Sandie Angulo Chen - Common Sense Media
You can try to put on your game face, to resist the emotional call of Toy Story 3. But you'll find yourself practically sobbing over the fate of inanimate objects.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
The ending is the best scene in the best movie of the year, a deeply moving smiling-through-tears moment that I won't soon forget.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
The film never lets banter, visual gags, or the usual manic kid-flick running about interfere with its more delicately handled thoughts on loyalty, longing, broken relationships, and generational continuity.
Tasha Robinson - AV Club
A fine family film with an edifying tale, endearing and funny characters, and an appealing emotional undertow.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
You'll probably enjoy it, because it's good-humored, snappy, endearingly familiar, produced with intelligence and care. But it's the first Pixar effort that feels less like a creative outpouring and more like an obligation.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
While the 3D "Toy Story 3" isn't utter perfection, as the first two films were, it is a welcome reunion with old friends, often funny and eventually quite moving.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Toy Story 3 continues Pixar's unique tradition of sending grown men out of the theater pretending they're not crying.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
...one of Pixar's top-three finest works and, if the Academy does what is right, a surefire Best Picture candidate.
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
That even grown-up viewers feel invested in the toys' ultimate destination is indicative of the affection held for this franchise; that a third movie in a sequence can still offer charm and delight is the cherry on the sundae.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
The characters have always shown their feelings, but this time around, they show heart, and it makes for the most emotionally satisfying Toy Story of the bunch.
David Medsker - Bullz-Eye.com
One of the best films of the year, Pixar's long-awaited latest scores in every department. Funny, affecting and dramatically fearless, it's as fine a threequel as you could hope for. Bring tissues -- lots of tissues.
Neil Smith - Total Film
The oft-misused term "trilogy" probably will accompany this third film, but Toy Story 3 feels less like a final chapter than a long, superficially satisfying afterword.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Toy Story 3 inspires an uncomplicated adoration: the kind we reserve for our best-loved if ill-worn -- and even occasionally misplaced -- childhood playmates.
Kimberley Jones - Austin Chronicle
The story mixes comedy, drama and action with impressive skill, except this is beyond skill -- this is inspired.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
It's a well-earned curtain call for some of the most beloved characters in one of the best-sustained feats of recent cinema.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Most giggle-inducing are occasional detours into random silliness. Including a supremely vain and possibly duplicitous Ken doll, and a candy vending machine as a cover for an internal gambling den, where incorrigible toys play with your deposited money.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
Yes, Toy Story 3 is a dandy addition to landmark series, and, frankly, the timing of its release couldn't be better. A perfect antidote to the news of the "real world", this worthy entertainment will also certainly boost what has been a sagging box office
Joanna Langfield - The Movie Minute
A fine quality film, affecting and carried out with just the right bittersweet touch. Seek out the 2-D theatrical presentation. The 3-D serves absolutely no purpose and is a disservice to the visual artistry of Pixar.
I know you don't want to hear that a movie with a "3" in the title is really good. But it's really good.
Clint O'Connor - Cleveland Plain Dealer
A worthy finale to one of the screen's best trilogies.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
After all is said and done, Toy Story is Andy's story as much as it belongs to his toys, and we're not only in that theater to watch him, but we're seeing him the way that Pixar does.
Justin Strout - Orlando Weekly
It's a beautiful, vibrant story about memories, the passing of time and how you treat the people in your life.
Matt Fowler - IGN Movies
The most mature, most childlike, best movie of the series. Pure joy in a box. Made me happier than any movie has this year so far.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
A brief flashback sequence filled with breathtaking mastery of telling, evocative detail...with wit and style and chase scenes, and then brilliantly, perfectly resolved.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
Toy Story 3 is the first truly must-see film of the summer.
Katey Rich - CinemaBlend.com
The studio's third outing with the motley crew of talking toys is ridiculously entertaining, tightly plotted, laugh-out-loud funny and emotionally true. It might even be the best in the series.
Mike Russell - Oregonian
Toy Story 3 lives up to its predecessors in terms of cute yet clever humor and action-packed journeys, grabbing you immediately with an incredible opening.
Kristin Hunt - Premiere Magazine
It's pretty much an all-purpose metaphor for, well, everything.
Andy Klein - Brand X
...evokes that time in your life when anything was possible if you had a toy or two and an hour or so on your own.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
I feel no sense of guilt here. I still have my first teddy bear...but it was a wonderful film.
Jenna Busch - Huffington Post
Toy Story 3 is a worthy and delirious final chapter to this hallowed animation franchise.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
I walked out of Toy Story 3 feeling as if my heart was too full. Pixar has already given us two utterly perfect Toy Story movies, yet this may be the best one yet.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
Toy Story 3 looks mortality square in the face in a way unheard of for a film ostensibly focused on kids.
Jordan Hoffman - UGO
Suffice it to say, it's proof of how much we love these characters that Toy Story 3 breaks your heart like you've never had it broken before.
Darryn King - The Vine
A stunning, heartfelt and tremendously entertaining third entry that lives up to the standards of one of the best movie franchises of all time.
Hernan Alcerreca - V Music
A crowning achievement for Pixar.
Paul Byrnes - Sydney Morning Herald
As usual, the toy-box gang is filled with complex characters with flaws and virtues. The 3-D sequel's just as strong as the 2-D classics that came before it.
Thelma Adams - Us Weekly
Toy Story 3 is an overwhelming success, rounding out what might just be the best film trilogy ever made.
Peter Hall - Hollywood.com
Clearly, Pixar's genius for adventurous storytelling continues unabated; a prison film would seem to be the furthest idea from safe, but the tale poses a serious challenge to the old saw of terrible second sequels.
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out
That rare sequel that lives up to and even surpasses its progenitors...a pure winner, with more suspense and laughs (and tears) than any live-action film so far this year.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
Andy, someone has made a movie for us!
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Toy Story 3 is a rare meditation on the connections that make us human and the value we place on those connections, and an adventure film in which the greatest treasure you can find is a place called home filled with friends you love.
Drew McWeeny - HitFix
Uma montanha-russa emocional de fazer inveja a muitos projetos voltados ao publico adulto.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Nostalgic in tone and sentimental in ideology, Toy Story 3 lacks the visual and thematic sophistication of Wall-E and Up, but it's still emotionally touching and likely to please all members of the family.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Woody, Buzz and the gang are back on the screen and that's cause for major celebration for moviegoers.
Pete Hammond - Boxoffice Magazine
Locating a winsome blend of peppy ensemble adventure and nostalgic reflection, Toy Story 3 is the type of film adults might goad their just-as-eager children into seeing again.
Brent Simon - Screen International
On a scale of one to ten, Toy Story 3 goes to infinity, and beyond.
Scott A. Mantz - Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews