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Toy Story 3 Review

Movies.com Critics

5.0

Dave White Profile

Giving sequels a good name. Again. Read full review

4.5

Jen Yamato Profile

A moving, teary send-off. Read full review

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  • 5.0
    92

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    Metascore®
    Universal acclaim
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    This installment, the best of the three, is everything a movie should be: hilarious, touching, exciting and clever.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Toy Story 3 is a salute to the magic of making believe.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    The third film of the trilogy turns out to be gorgeously joyous and deeply felt.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    Woody, Buzz and playmates make a thoroughly engaging, emotionally satisfying return.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 6+

Smart, funny "threequel" is scarier than the first two.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that while the third movie in Pixar's flagship Toy Story franchise is bound to please moviegoers of all ages, it is scarier and more intense than the first two (which is why we've rated this "threequel" at a higher age than Toy Story and Toy Story 2). Overall, the latest adventure shared by Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen), and the rest of Andy's favorite toys is kid-friendly -- but there's a fairly long scene of the toys in serious peril toward the end of the movie that many 3- to 5-year-olds could find quite upsetting. There are also a few new toys that act a bit mean and creepy (particularly a Big Baby doll and a cymbal-clapping Monkey) and scenes in which favorite characters are trapped by cruel authority figures. But there are also wonderful, touching messages about friendship, loyalty, and imagination. Note: The 3-D version of the movie may make certain parts feel more immediate/lifelike, but the movie's intense scenes have a strong impact no matter which version you see.

  • Families can talk about how the core group of toys have had to change since Andy's gotten older. How are they different? Who's missing, and why? What is the movie saying about childhood, play, and toys that mean a lot to kids?
  • Even though Andy's about to head off to college, he ultimately takes a moment to rediscover his favorite toys. Which of your toys do you think will stay with you forever? Parents, tell your kids about your beloved toys that you kept until you were grown up.
  • Why is Lotso so angry? Why is his motto "no owner, no heartbreak"?
  • How does the third movie compare to the first two? Which one do you like most and why?
  • What is the role of consumerism in the Toy Story movie franchise?

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true1

    Educational value: Kids may learn the value of appreciating and taking good care of their favorite toys.

  • message true3

    Messages: Pixar's Toy Story movies are all about friendship, loyalty, and "being there" for Andy and for each other. Through teamwork and collaboration, Woody, Buzz, Jessie, Bullseye, Hamm, Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head, Slinky Dog, and Rex band together to overcome their many obstacles and disagreements. Sharing, teamwork, and ingenuity are all celebrated.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: Andy's toys are all brave and willing to sacrifice themselves for each other. Woody is one of the most loyal characters in movie history -- his dedication to Andy above all else is admirable (if sometimes hard for his friends to understand). The rest of the toys are also quite brave and helpful, and they don't quit on Buzz when he's not acting like himself. Even the alien "kids" are quite willing to do anything and everything to save their "parents" Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head and friends from danger. Toy Story 3 introduces some new characters who aren't as admirable as Andy's crew, but they face the consequences of their behavior in the end -- and some even get a fresh start.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence and scariness: Spoiler alert: In one particularly harrowing/scary sequence set in a junkyard, Andy's toys narrowly escape death several times; at one point they look like they're about to fall into a very fiery incinerator. It's a tense scene, and some kids will find it upsetting. A few of the Sunnyside toys are creepy -- especially the Big Baby doll and the screeching Monkey. A few scenes meant to suggest prison culture/abuse show toys being tied up or thrown in a sandbox as "punishment" -- or, in the case of Buzz, "reset." Some bullying and harsh talk between toys; a few perilous scenes. The opening sequence includes spaceship attacks and a train falling/crashing, but it ends up being the product of Andy's imagination.

  • sex false1

    Sexy stuff: Flirting between toy characters like Ken and Barbie (it's love at first sight!) and Buzz Lightyear and Jessie. Some innuendoes (as when Baribe tells Ken that she likes his "ascot").

  • language false1

    Language: Mild insults like "shut up" and "junk."

  • consumerism false4

    Consumerism: Several of the Toy Story characters are recognizable brands (like Barbie, Ken, and Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head). And beyond that, the Toy Story franchise has the potential for the most merchandising tie-ins of any kid-targeted movie series. Toys, action figures, books, party supplies, plush dolls, you name it -- Disney's Toy Story characters are everywhere, especially kid favorites Woody and Buzz Lightyear.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue

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