(2006)

Critic Reviews

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Metascore

Based on 39 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
New York Daily News
Whether the movie will make you believe a shocking-orange stock car has a future with a lavender Carrera, it's more fun to follow than a televised freeway chase.
91
Entertainment Weekly
A work of American art as classic as it is modern. Note to tourists: Leave before the very end of the credits and you'll miss some of the best and funniest roadside sights.
90
What's surprising about this supremely engaging film is the source of its curb appeal: It has heart.
88
What Cars teaches is how to blend brash comedy with technical astonishments so that each enhances the other. I can't imagine who wouldn't want to test-drive this one. Like the promos say, "It's got that new-movie smell."
88
New York Post
Cars leaves the animated competition in the dust, even if it is a tad slower and more predictable than Pixar at full throttle.
88
It's the one movie so far this summer that demands to be seen on the big screen.
88
Premiere
What the film lacks in freshness, it makes up for in great characters, fun vocal performances, and a script with some genuine emotional heft.
80
The Hollywood Reporter
It might not be way up there in "The Incredibles"/"Finding Nemo"/"Toy Story" stratosphere, but the charming Cars is nevertheless a thoroughly pleasant way to mark Pixar Animation Studios' 20th anniversary.
75
Cars is a classic American tale firing on all cylinders and fueled by organic emotion and a lively sense of adventure.
50
Curiously and unexpectedly, the movie brings on a suffocating feeling of constraint. It's a consequence of seeing characters with such terribly limited mobility.
50
Wall Street Journal
It doesn't make Cars a bad picture -- the visual inventions are worth the price of admission -- but it constitutes conduct unbecoming to a maker of magic.
50
Philadelphia Inquirer
And did I mention that it's long? It's long.

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