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100
True to the spirit of the original film, "Monsters Inc.", and matches its tone. But it never seems content to turn over old ground.
91
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.
75
It's all infectious fun, despite the lack of originality. In the art of tickling funny bones, Crystal and Goodman earn straight A's.
75
The visuals are impressive, while the goodhearted and endearing story is a little slight.
75
San Francisco Chronicle
The ending takes an unfortunate detour that stretches the running time, but this is still quality Pixar work.
75
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.
65
What hasn't advanced is the plotting, which was nothing special last time and is so formulaic now that it's basically surprise-free.
60
Wall Street Journal
As a piece of summer entertainment, this strenuously upbeat prequel to Pixar's "Monsters, Inc." passes with vibrant colors and will, of course, excel at the box office...But as an offering from Pixar, the studio that set the platinum standard for contemporary animated features, it's an awful disappointment - and one more reason to worry about Pixar's future under Disney ownership.
60
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.
55
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.
50
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.

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