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Monsters, Inc. Review

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  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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    critic review scores.

  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

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

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today 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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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune 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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  • 90

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Who doesn't need what this movie has to give?

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 5+

Cute, kid-friendly monster movie; may scare sensitive kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Monsters, Inc. is about closet monsters, but from their point of view -- scaring kids is their 9-to-5 job. Kids might be scared of the movie's concept initially, but they'll soon figure out that the monster Sulley is a softy who takes care of the little girl in the story who isn't the least bit afraid of him. However there's one scene where a monster the child does fear straps her to a chair and tries to steel her screams. Kids will find it funny that most monsters fear any contact with kids -- when one monster gets a child's sock on him the whole factory panics and biohazard workers quarantine and shave him. Young kids may need help understanding what the monsters in yellow suits are doing to him and why. Note: The 3-D version amps up the intensity.

  • Families can talk about what Sulley learns about kids and how he changes the factory for the better in the end.
  • They can also talk about how each kid was scared by a certain kind of monster. Why was Boo scared of Randall and not Sulley? Why was Sulley considered such a top-notch scarer then?
  • What would make you laugh the hardest if it came out of your closet?

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true0

    Educational value: More for entertainment than education, though kids might learn a bit about factory work and how adults deal with hazards, like potential contamination (in this case, by children).

  • message true3

    Messages: Strong messages of friendship and that facing fears is a positive thing.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: A monster learns to make kids laugh instead of scare them. Monsters try to do the right thing and protect a little girl.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence and scariness: Comic peril, cartoon violence. The monsters are terrified of children for most of the film, which takes out some scariness. In the scariest climactic scene, the scary villain monster straps a toddler to a chair to catch her screams in a machine and she appears very frightened. Her monster friend saves her.

  • sex false1

    Sexy stuff: Some flirting and discussion of dating.

  • language false0

    Language: Not an issue

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: This movie is part of the Disney-Pixar dynasty, with plenty of merchandise associated with the film. Toy Story toys are on the floor in one child's room.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue