'Toy Story 2' Critic Reviews

97%
MovieWeb:   7 reviews
100%
Rotten Tomatoes:   163 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    92
    It's a great, IQ-flattering entertainment both wonderful and wise.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Janet Maslin New York Times (Top Critic)
    90
    Only after leaving the theater is there reason to realize just how much imagination has gone into making this film so enveloping.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    100
    The sharp, clear shapes and planes, with their vivid colours and hyperreal light, promise to float in front of the audience's eyes, near and far, in something like the old-fashioned 3D way.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Susan Wloszczyna USA Today (Top Critic)
    Toy Story 2 transforms from rootin'-tootin' 'toon to museum-class art.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Desson Thomson Washington Post (Top Critic)
    The toys are back with even more hilarious vengeance. The story's twice as inventive as its predecessor. And the vocal talents of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen and others bring even fuller soul to the proceedings than before.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Jay Carr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    75
    Toy Story 2 is everything you could want in a sequel.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Michael Atkinson Village Voice (Top Critic)
    The kitsch is back in full bloom -- gotta love the grouchy Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots, and the discovery of the beach-blanket-bingo Barbie aisle.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Jami Bernard New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    100
    Pixar, the animation studio that teamed with Disney for both movies, has broken technological ground since the first Toy Story, and TS2 shows off its newest expertise with one smart visual joke after another.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    Against most odds, the sequel turned out to be at least as wonderful as Pixar's 1995 original -- maybe more so.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Jeff Millar Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    The Pixar people just get better and better.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Chris Vognar Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    The story is a winner, moving briskly through themes of loyalty, loss, greed and redemption.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Steven Rosen Denver Post (Top Critic)
    75
    Toy 2 is colorful and funny, and the computer-animation from Pixar Animation Studios creates a convincingly detailed environment for the toys.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Peter Rainer New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    So exhilaratingly spry that you leave on a high -- a sure sign of an instant classic.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    88
    This isn't a made-for-video that they decided to put into theaters, but a version intended from the first to be theatrical. That's important, because it means more detail and complexity went into the animation.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Mark Caro Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    This computer-animated sequel blows the latest Star Wars sequel out of the galaxy.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Lisa Alspector Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    The movie's clearly articulated theme is whether life should be lived for the future or in the present, something both adults and children may find provocative.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Susan Stark Detroit News (Top Critic)
    100
    Toy Story 2 is even sweeter, faster, funnier and more beautiful than the Pixar team's groundbreaking computer animated blockbuster.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Todd McCarthy Variety (Top Critic)
    In the realm of sequels, Toy Story 2 is to Toy Story what The Empire Strikes Back was to its predecessor, a richer, more satisfying film in every respect.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Jonathan Foreman New York Post (Top Critic)
    88
    TS2 represents a major step forward in computer-animation artistry.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Jay Boyar Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    100
    Sayonara, Pokemon! The toys are back in town.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Robert Horton Film.com (Top Critic)
    An utter delight.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • John Hartl Film.com (Top Critic)
    Like last year's underrated Babe: Pig in the City, it dares to take its familiar cast of characters in a different, more melancholy direction.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Tom Keogh Film.com (Top Critic)
    Captivating!
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Janelle Brown Salon.com (Top Critic)
    Not only is it just as visually stunning and witty as the first, but it's funnier, more thoughtful and more grown-up.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    88
    One would have to be a hopeless curmudgeon not to be entertained by Toy Story 2's remarkable visual style, quick-moving storyline, endearing characters, and witty dialogue.
    Full Review » 15 years ago