• Released
  • December 19, 2012
  • (Originally released 10/28/2001)
  • G , 1 hr 32 min
  • Action/Adventure

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
It's the Pixar animators who keep grown-ups as riveted as the kids with visual marvels that dazzle and delight.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Who doesn't need what this movie has to give?
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Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
Movies like Monsters, Inc. literally make you feel like a kid again, marveling at the joyously inventive sights before you, and that's a feat that should not be taken lightly.
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Chicago Tribune

By Mark Caro
The climax, featuring what's essentially a suspended roller coaster of closet doors, is as thrilling as it is imaginative.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
"Shrek" is a scintilla funnier, "Toy Story 2" a hair's breadth more poignant, but "MI" is every bit as imaginative and lovable as these other contemporary animation classics.
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USA Today

By Mike Clark
Though the comedy is sometimes more frenetic than inspired and viewer emotions are rarely touched to any notable degree, the movie is as visually inventive as its Pixar predecessors.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Rarely does an animated character merge as perfectly with the persona of the actor providing his voice as the star of Monsters, Inc. does with John Goodman.
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San Francisco Chronicle

Funny and sweet enough to delight kids and inventive enough to satisfy adults.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Monsters, Inc. has got that swing, that zippity, multilevel awareness of kids'-eye sensibilities and adult-pitched humor.
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Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
By any other standard, the creatures in Monsters, Inc. would be impressive. But by the high standard Pixar not only set itself, but invented, they're only ordinary.
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78 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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