‘Toy Story 3’ reviews – what do the critics think? – If you are a Toy Story fan, you probably thought that the first movie was terrific and the sequel eased your fears of the inevitable sequel bomb and actually lived up to the original – a rare feat in Hollywood. Now, with the series testing the limit one more time with Toy Story 3, you might again be fearful that Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and the gang may have been pressed one time too far. Well, if critics can be any indicator of a future hit, put your fears to rest and jump in line for your tickets – Toy Story 3, which opens today, is already garnering rave reviews from all quarters of the country.
It is rare indeed when review collector, RottenTomatoes.com has a 100% positive rating for a movie, and especially so as the review count grows. On the morning of the movie’s release, Toy Story 3 ranks at 100% on that site with 99 reviews counted. That’s a lot of reviews to rank that high – and it doesn’t stop there. The ranking is the same 100% “fresh” with those reviewers the site calls “Top Critics.”
Over at Metacritic.com, the results are very similar – they give the movie a 90 out of 100, with 33 reviews counted. This ranking gives the film a “universal acclaim” conclusion in Metacritic language.
Oh, and did we mention that this movie is rated G?
Just what are the critics raving about? Let’s take a look at a few samplings from their reviews. Click on the publication to read their entire article.
Claudia Puig, USA Today:
“How the animation wizards at Pixar keep coming up with innovative and rapturous stories is one of the miracles in modern film.”
A. O. Scott, New York Times:
“This film — this whole three-part, 15-year epic — about the adventures of a bunch of silly plastic junk turns out also to be a long, melancholy meditation on loss, impermanence and that noble, stubborn, foolish thing called love.”
Richard Corliss, TIME:
“An instant classic. Some toys — and Toy Storys — are to be treasured forever.”
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times:
“I expect its target audience will love it, and at the box office, it may take right up where How to Train Your Dragon left off. Just don’t get me started about the 3-D.”
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times:
Toy Story 3 pays attention to the reasons we return again and again to the motion picture experience.”
Christy Lemire, Associated Press:
“Adults in the audience will undoubtedly shed a tear or two. But that’s how good the folks at Pixar are: They make you feel genuine emotions for hunks of plastic.”
Joe Morganstern, Wall Street Journal:
“I won’t tell you what that ending is, but it took my breath away, and I’ll bet it takes yours. Do see this lovely film sooner than later.”
Like the previous Toy Story films, this one again stars Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Don Rickles, and John Ratzenberger, among other vocal talents.
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