My short review of Monsters University: Don’t expect the greatness you witnessed with Monsters Inc., but do expect a fun G-rated movie of college hijinks and humor that makes you realize that you can invest a certain amount of trust in Pixar when it comes to prequels and sequels.
Now that you’ve heard what I had to say, let’s see what other more important critics said:
This is not a bad movie, and to small children it will be a very good one. But it is closer to average than one would wish … –Ty Burr, Boston.com
Closer to average than one would wish? So I guess it’s just “eh” to him. Why didn’t he just say “eh”? It’s a very eloquent word. I use it.
“Monsters University” is one of those movies that has absolutely no reason to exist, but once you’ve seen it, you’re kind of glad it does. –Bill Goodykoontz, AZCentral.com
Man! I wanted to say the same thing, but couldn’t write it as good as him. 🙁
Even when Pixar isn’t aspiring to an idea, it has a way with genre. –Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice
Only the Village Voice could put it in such words.
A gentle, poky riff on college-comedy clichés, complete with a villainous, snobbish fraternity, a heroic, outcast fraternity, and a stuffy, intimidating dean (Helen Mirren, wonderfully severe). –A.A. Dowd, The A.V. Club
I second that thought on Helen Mirren.
This minor film with major charms still deserves to have kids dragging their parents to the multiplex for one more peek at the monsters in the closet. With Pixar, familiarity breeds content. –Richard Corliss, Time.com
Damn I love it when critics say smart stuff like that.
Here’s the short review: it’s a lot of fun, but let’s hope they don’t do a third one. –Daniel M. Kimmel, NorthShoreMovies.net
SHHHHHHH! Don’t give them any ideas!
Monsters University opens in theaters today.