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Monsters University

7/10
Comedy . Adventure . Family . Animation
 

A look at the relationship between Mike and Sulley during their days at Monsters University — when they weren't necessarily the best of friends.

 
Actors: Alfred Molina , Charlie Day , Dave Foley , Sean Hayes , Peter Sohn , Joel Murray , Helen Mirren , Steve Buscemi , John Goodman , Billy Crystal
Directors: Dan Scanlon
Country: USA
Release: 2013-06-21
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  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    True to the spirit of the original film, "Monsters Inc.", and matches its tone. But it never seems content to turn over old ground.

    RogerEbert.com Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    Speaking of second chances, Monsters University is exactly the rebound Pixar needed after 2011's "Cars 2" left some wondering if the studio had lost its magic.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Drew Taylor

    It’s easily the most enjoyable animated film so far this year, one that is visually stunning, wickedly subversive, incredibly funny (Day's character is a hoot), and (at times) lump-in-your-throat emotional.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    Keep your ears tuned for Helen Mirren as the imperious Dean Hardscrabble. Hogwarts would have loved her.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Trevor Johnston

    While Monsters University can’t claim outright originality, this is a far richer movie than most were expecting.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Robbie Collin

    The animation is photoreal – startlingly and mesmerisingly so. And the depth of feeling the tale of their friendship evokes is matched only by your incredulity, as you paw at your eyes six minutes later, that you are crying about two computer-generated umbrellas.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Olly Richards

    Dazzlingly clever and hugely funny, it succeeds both as a broadening of the Monsters universe and as a film in its own right. Monsters University had a tough task, and it’s passed with honours.

    Empire Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    Monsters University aces a two-part test—first, appealing to kids with gorgeous, hyperrealistic animation that teases out every pink hair on a beastly art student; then luring in parents with several knowing jokes about strumming your guitar on the quad or playing beer pong.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    Even when the story mechanics feel more than a bit secondhand, the exquisite interplay of vibrant pastel hues and almost photorealist textures (smoothly but not crucially enhanced in 3D) makes the film a continual pleasure to behold.

    Variety Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    A charming, family friendly endeavor and, 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.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    The visuals are impressive, while the goodhearted and endearing story is a little slight.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    Crystal, 65, and Goodman, 61, are a long time out of college, but they somehow manage to carry off the callowness of youth.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    It's all infectious fun, despite the lack of originality. In the art of tickling funny bones, Crystal and Goodman earn straight A's.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • A.A. Dowd

    True to its name, Monsters University brims with cleverly designed creatures, a student body worthy of the recently deceased Ray Harryhausen. What the movie lacks is its precursor’s human ace-in-the-hole—that pint-sized, inadvertent agent of chaos, Boo.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    The movie is mostly fun and ultimately disposable, which is a letdown after Pixar's previous greatness.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Eric Kohn

    Monsters University, the latest Pixar offering, charms in an excessively familiar way that illustrates a troublesome eventuality: Pixar has lost its edge.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    Though this is a sweet, clever, gorgeously animated movie I’d be glad to take my kid to on a Saturday afternoon, I’m not sure it’s one I’d insist all my grownup friends drop what they’re doing to see.

    Slate Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    Perhaps only Pixar could give us such a rare beast: a delightful disappointment.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    It’s cute, funny, exciting to look at but not quite magical.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Bob Mondello

    What hasn't advanced is the plotting, which was nothing special last time and is so formulaic now that it's basically surprise-free.

    NPR Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    The background designs are beautiful and there are plenty of lively sight gags, but magic isn’t in the cards.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    Though colorful and sweet-natured and occasionally capable of producing the mild chuckle, this is a safe, predictable, edge-free, nearly bland effort from a studio that rarely hedges its bets.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    Despite its brainy title, Monsters University only earns a passing grade on its looks.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    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 from the company that gave us “Up,” “Wall-E,” “The Incredibles,” and “Toy Story 3."

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Monsters University is a prequel that is far more conventional, not nearly as witty or clever as that original.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Neil Smith

    Pixar falls back on the tried and tested in an entertaining caper that will be a surefire kid pleaser this summer. Old favourites are always welcome, but it would have been nice to see some more new ideas too.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    While it’s a visual enchantment (there’s a knockout compendium of horror film clichés), its reversion to a largely male domain after “Brave,” its first and only female-driven story, is a drag.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    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.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Alan Scherstuhl

    Monsters University feels not like the work of artists eager to express something but like that of likable pros whose existence depends on getting a rise out the kids. It's like the scares Sully and Mike spring on those sleeping tykes: technically impressive but a job un-anchored to anything more meaningful.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Henry Barnes

    A fun, disposable watch.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Jordan Hoffman

    This is design work of the highest caliber and it is impossible to not enjoy simply watching these little buggers run around. It is unfortunate, however, that the creativity, originality and propulsive storytelling found in the original “Monsters Inc.” just didn’t matriculate with them.

    Film.com Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    The animation is snappy in the way it handles an extremely eclectic-looking bunch of monsters. The 3-D effects are nifty but, as with so much about "MU," not necessary.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Less an awful movie than a totally uninspired one. The under-5 set may find it funny, though I suspect their parents will be checking their watches a lot, as I did.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Monsters University feels half-hearted and lazy, like they weren’t even trying. At least show a little effort, guys.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    No better or worse than the average (and I mean average) time-filling sequel cranked out by other animation houses.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    It’s not like Monsters University is a bad movie. It’s just not a terribly interesting one.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Nick McCarthy

    Unfortunate proof that the animation studio previously known for its brains is now resting a little too heavily on its nominal brawn.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    A humdrum straight line of a film, Monsters University never surprises, goes off in unexpected directions or throws you for a loop in the manner of the best Pixar stories. Nor does it come close to elating through the sheer imagination of its conceits and storytelling.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    What Monsters University fails to do, though, is to scare up any real emotion.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Peter Hartlaub

    The ending takes an unfortunate detour that stretches the running time, but this is still quality Pixar work.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
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