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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
What Planes lacks in novelty, it makes up for with eye-popping aerial sequences and a high-flying comic spirit.
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The Playlist

By Drew Taylor
When Planes really takes flight, it can be boldly transporting. Other times, though, it feels like it's running low on jet fuel, full of limp characterizations and questionable set pieces.
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Boston Globe

By Mark Feeney
Planes has some wonderfully goofy, even ineffable, touches.
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New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Often less really is more, and that’s why I can recommend Planes, a charmingly modest low-budget spin-off from Pixar’s “Cars’’ that provides more thrills and laughs for young children and their parents than many of its more elaborate brethren.
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New Orleans Times-Picayune

By Mike Scott
Director Klay Hall's embraceable, overachieving romp plays nicely as a big-screen feature.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Essentially Cars in midair.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Richard Roeper
Planes moves along quickly at a running time of 92 minutes, occasionally taking flight with some pretty nifty flight sequences. The animation is first-rate, and the Corningware colors are soothing eye candy.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Planes has practically no visual distinction, it's a complete knockoff, but I think it'll get by with the kids.
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By Justin Chang
Diverting in bits and pieces, but absent the heart, soul and ingenuity one associates with the best of Disney animation, the endlessly merchandisable picture could very well soar at the box office, but it won’t stick the landing where word of mouth is concerned.
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Village Voice

By Amy Nicholson
Can a plane jump a shark when it's already in the air? To Disney, that question is moot. It's so certain that Planes will make a mint in toys, if not in theaters, that it's already slated a sequel for next summer.
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39 out of 100
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