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Cars Review Critics


Dave White Profile

… just good enough … Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    It doesn't make Cars a bad picture -- the visual inventions are worth the price of admission -- but it constitutes conduct unbecoming to a maker of magic.

  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Cars is a classic American tale firing on all cylinders and fueled by organic emotion and a lively sense of adventure.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    It might not be way up there in "The Incredibles"/"Finding Nemo"/"Toy Story" stratosphere, but the charming Cars is nevertheless a thoroughly pleasant way to mark Pixar Animation Studios' 20th anniversary.

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  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    A work of American art as classic as it is modern. Note to tourists: Leave before the very end of the credits and you'll miss some of the best and funniest roadside sights.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 5+

Pixar comedy is full of four-wheeled fun.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the car characters do some pretty raucous racing, careening off walls, trees, and each other. A group of The Fast and the Furious-style vehicles briefly threaten another car. Cars argue with one another, lose their tempers, and look sad or lonely. There's some innocent flirtation between boy and girl cars. Some mild language -- at least one use of "hell." At 116 minutes, it's on the long side for animation and may be too much for some really little kids. But stick around for the closing credits!

  • Families can talk about the relationship between the old cars and the newer ones. They have different values. How does the film set up a choice between the current era (selfishness, commercial and celebrity culture run rampant) and a more ethical-seeming past (Doc embodies patience, skill, and dedication to community)?
  • How does Lightning learn to appreciate and also, conveniently, enhance that simpler life?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: Characters learn to appreciate one another's differences; some race and ethnic stereotypes.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: Lightening learns the importance of appreciating the differences in everyone.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence and scariness: Car falls off his transport truck, briefly faces "gang" of cars; rip-roaring chase through small town leaves road torn up.

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: Chaste flirting between boy and girl cars.

  • language false0

    Language: Use of the word "hell."

  • consumerism false4

    Consumerism: An enormous amount of merchandise associated with Cars, including toys, food products, and consumer goods. Within the movie Goodyear tires and NASCAR are featured.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue