'Cars 2' Critic Reviews

77%
MovieWeb:   10 reviews
38%
Rotten Tomatoes:   205 reviews
  • Julian Roman MovieWeb (Top Critic)
    70
    The animation is superb, but the length and sledgehammer delivery takes Cars 2 down to second gear.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    59
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    50
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    40
    Not much engine-power here.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    63
    Cars 2 demonstrates that not every hit movie merits a sequel.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post (Top Critic)
    50
    As lovable as Mater is, let's face it: A little bit of Larry the Cable Guy goes a long way.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    75
    The original movie has been debugged and rethought. It's funnier and sharper.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Nick Schager Village Voice (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    60
    Lasseter and his team's pitch-perfect way with genre cliches revs up the espionage subplot.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Chris Vognar Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    75
    We've come to expect perfection from Pixar, mostly because Pixar expects perfection from itself.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    63
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Glenn Kenny MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    80
    A light summer feast for the senses that will have the whole family vrooming, for sure.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    88
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    50
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    63
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    50
    With "Cars 2," Pixar goes somewhere new: the ditch.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    42
    Not that Cars 2 is an actively bad animated film. It's just sort of an average animated film.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    60
    It's sometimes funny, often silly but never really transcendent, though the same could probably be said of the original, as well.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Justin Chang Variety (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    38
    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."
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    75
    Yes, "Cars 2″ is better than "Cars."
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    63
    The constantly shifting scenery and the over-reliance on Mater's idiocy combine to produce a fatigue not common to better Pixar efforts.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • William Goss Film.com (Top Critic)
    It's a worthwhile diversion... but let's hope that Lasseter and friends soon return to the emotional ambition that has made Pixar such a reliable brand to date.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Liam Lacey Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    50
    Unlike most Pixar fare, this isn't a movie you can imagine many adults wanting to see without their children in tow.
    Full Review » 3 years ago