(2016)

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100
It's a film that spills over with laughs (most of them good, a few of them shticky) and tears (all of them earned), supporting characters who are meant to slay us (and mostly do) with their irascible sharp tongues, and dizzyingly extended flights of physical comedy.
90
Finding Dory is a supremely delightful sequel. Although never challenging the original's high standing within the Pixar pantheon, this follow-up showcases everything the venerated animation company does so well, providing plentiful laughs, ace action sequences and a deep emotional wellspring.
85
Finding Dory never quite hits that sweet spot of sadness. The film definitely pushes our buttons as it portrays loss and separation, but it never slows down enough to let us ache. Even so, Finding Dory is rousingly entertaining.
83
Finding Dory doesn't feel lazy, cynical, or like a rehash. On the contrary, it does what a sequel should - it's a compelling argument for why we make them in the first place.
80
DeGeneres and company make Finding Dory memorable.
80
While Finding Dory is definitely the kind of visual pleasure we've come to expect from Pixar, its storyline doesn't always reach the heights of inventiveness upon which the gigantic animation studio has built its reputation. The film lacks the psychological probing of Inside Out, the existential ponderings of Wall-E, the gentle, stoic sadness of Up.
75
It's not Toy Story or Inside Out or even Nemo. What it is is a perfectly enjoyable family film that's comforting, familiar, and a bit slight, like one of those serviceable Lion King spin-offs that Disney used to ship straight to DVD back in the '90s.
70
Dory is an entertaining and heartfelt sequel, but it never quite shakes the feeling that Pixar, a studio known for breaking new ground in animation, is retracing its steps this time out.
63
While the animation is still top-notch and a slew of new waterlogged personalities buoy the story, it doesn't have nearly the same sense of heart, wonder and awe as Nemo.
60
While rambunctious and passably humorous, this offspring isn't nearly as imaginative and nimble-minded as the forerunner that spawned it.

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