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Reviews: Monsters University (2013)

monsters_universityReviews for this film from our members:

  • Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
    • Excerpt: Ritornano Mike Wazowski e James Sullivan: sono due matricole della Monsters University. Mentre Mike fatica a farsi prendere sul serio, Sulley è l’erede di una famosa famiglia di “spaventatori”.
  • Steve Biodrowski @ Cinefantastique Online
    • Excerpt: The virtues are not enough to raise the film to the level of Pixar’s best work, but after some recent disappointments, this is a step in the right direction.
  • Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com
    • Excerpt: The once chasmic gap separating Pixar from the various other animation studios continues to narrow. Monsters University is a film that DreamWorks or Blue Sky could have made without obviously being their finest work to date.
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
    • Excerpt: Passes basically any test you would be likely to throw its way, except for the one where it justifies the fact that it exists.
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: “Monsters University” works because it’s not trying to be bigger or better than the original. It’s just trying to tell a good story with loveable characters in a new setting.
  • Samuel Castro @ Ochoymedio.info [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Sin el brillo de las ideas que antes eran usuales en Pixar, los personajes que queremos protagonizan una historia como cualquier otra
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: while it’s certainly cute, “Monsters University” rings Pixar’s death knell. There’s simply little special about it.
  • Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog
    • Excerpt: It’s a wholly unnecessary film that I enjoyed a great deal.
  • Carlos del Río @ El rincón de Carlos del Río [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: La decepción ha sido enorme: esta secuela está más cerca de la de “Cars” que de las de “Toy Story”.
  • Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: If “Monsters University” doesn’t quite measure up to Pixar’s best efforts, and it doesn’t, it’s hard to dislike this genial, cuddly prequel.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: We’re briefly reminded of the first film’s poignancy and realize how much this one has forgotten it.
  • Dustin Freeley @ Movies About Gladiators.com
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Stunning, if simplistic – an amusing comedy that emphasizes teamwork and the value of friendship.
  • Steven Greydanus @ National Catholic Register
    • Excerpt: Whatever the future holds for Pixar, Monsters University establishes that, for some films at least, Pixar is “okay just being okay.”
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Monsters, Inc. was in no way calling for a sequel, and here it is.
  • Oktay Ege Kozak @ Oregon Herald
    • Excerpt: A college-themed prequel to my mother’s favorite film of all time, Monsters Inc, is not a fully-fledged tour de force of Wall-E proportions, but it’s irresistibly adorable. What we have here is basically a G-Rated version of Revenge of the Nerds, sans the hair pies and the Darth Vader rape.
  • Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
  • Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
    • Excerpt: Crass commercialism likely played a large role in the decision to greenlight the film, but Pixar does its absolute best to create something fresh and engaging for the audience unlike the uncharacteristically bad Cars 2.
  • Dan Lybarger @ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
    • Excerpt: A Pixar Animation Studios movie seems to be a letdown if it’s merely enjoyable. Because Pixar is responsible for Up, Ratatouille, The Incredibles, Wall-E and all three Toy Story movies, they’ve created unrealistically high expectations for each subsequent film.
  • Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
  • Jason McKiernan @ Next Projection
    • Excerpt: No, Monsters University does not represent a grand return to the greatest of Pixar’s heights, but after its recent lows, that was never going to be the immediate goal. It’s familiar but it’s fun.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • James Plath @ Family Home Theater
    • Excerpt: It’s like an animated Revenge of the Nerds, but without the vulgarity and compromising situations.
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: Luckily, the jokes are fresh and funny and for whatever else Monsters University lacks, there is no shortage of laughs. As with the best Pixar films, Monsters University delivers both great visual gags (stick around after the closing credits for a good payoff to an earlier set-up) and witty dialogue.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: Brimming with life in a summer of dry sauce.
  • Marcio Sallem @ Em Cartaz [Portuguese]
  • Amir Siregar @ Flick Magazine [Indonesian]
  • [New – 10/31] | Josh Spiegel @ Sound on Sight
    • Excerpt: The story of how Mike Wazowski became best friends with James P. Sullivan and, in doing so, accepted the limits of his abilities is, thankfully, the opposite of a failure, as confident as Pixar’s best, and even more of an assured triumph than our first foray into the world of monsters.
Updated: July 20, 2015 — 9:30 pm

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