• Released
  • June 21, 2013
  • G , 1 hr 42 min
  • Animated
    Family
  • 10,549 Fan Ratings
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100

RogerEbert.com

By Matt Zoller Seitz
True to the spirit of the original film, "Monsters Inc.", and matches its tone. But it never seems content to turn over old ground.
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91

The Playlist

By Drew Taylor
It’s easily the most enjoyable animated film so far this year, one that is visually stunning, wickedly subversive, incredibly funny (Day's character is a hoot), and (at times) lump-in-your-throat emotional.
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91

Entertainment Weekly

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.
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80

Time Out New York

By Joshua Rothkopf
Monsters University aces a two-part test—first, appealing to kids with gorgeous, hyperrealistic animation that teases out every pink hair on a beastly art student; then luring in parents with several knowing jokes about strumming your guitar on the quad or playing beer pong.
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80

Variety

By Justin Chang
Even when the story mechanics feel more than a bit secondhand, the exquisite interplay of vibrant pastel hues and almost photorealist textures (smoothly but not crucially enhanced in 3D) makes the film a continual pleasure to behold.
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
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.
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75

indieWIRE

By Eric Kohn
Monsters University, the latest Pixar offering, charms in an excessively familiar way that illustrates a troublesome eventuality: Pixar has lost its edge.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The visuals are impressive, while the goodhearted and endearing story is a little slight.
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63

Chicago Sun-Times

By Richard Roeper
Though colorful and sweet-natured and occasionally capable of producing the mild chuckle, this is a safe, predictable, edge-free, nearly bland effort from a studio that rarely hedges its bets.
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60

Village Voice

By Alan Scherstuhl
Monsters University feels not like the work of artists eager to express something but like that of likable pros whose existence depends on getting a rise out the kids. It's like the scares Sully and Mike spring on those sleeping tykes: technically impressive but a job un-anchored to anything more meaningful.
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65 out of 100
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