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Monsters University (U)

Monsters University (U)

Animation, Adventure, Comedy

A look at the relationship between Mike and Sulley during their days at Monsters University -- when they weren't necessarily the best of friends.

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The critical consensus

Pixar's emphasis on character and story made (and could make again) worlds that we fell in love with. Monsters University – a fun, disposable watch – has taken one of these worlds and repeated it to formula. It leaves the studio looking nostalgic.

***(*)(*)Henry Barnes, The Guardian, 10/06/2013

It’s a pleasure to be back in such a fun alternate world and, by throwing every joke possible at the screen, this is not only one of the studio’s funniest films, it’s also one of the best comedies of the year.

****(*)Nathanael Smith, The Skinny, 22/06/2013

There are a few nice moments along the way, but minor characters lack solidity, and the structure of the story is as vague as its message.

***(*)(*)Hannah McGill, The List, 24/06/2013

While it is a little predictable in places, the strength of this film lies in its ability to surprise the audience and craft a tale of friendship that is suitable for children and adults alike.

****(*)Amy Taylor, TVBomb, 27/06/2013

It’s not going to trouble the animated studio’s upper echelons, but it’s a solid and likeable return to a much-loved monster-‘verse that, in some cases, manages to improve on the original.

***(*)(*)Stephen Carty, Empire, 28/06/2013

In short, as summer entertainment it makes the grade. Yet as a Pixar movie, it could try harder. Still, the customary short supporting feature, about 
brollies fighting the elements and finding love, is well worth the effort of arriving early.

***(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 07/07/2013

It is funny. But the longed-for return to Pixar greatness seems as far away as ever.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 11/07/2013

Maybe it’s Pixar’s acknowledgement of its own limits: great artists realising they can’t be the greatest forever.

***(*)(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 11/07/2013

Dazzlingly clever and hugely funny, it succeeds both as a broadening of the Monsters universe and as a film in its own right. Monsters University had a tough task, and it’s passed with honours.

****(*)Olly Richards, Empire Online

Crystal and Goodman, both now in their 60s, deliver bravado vocal performances, reprising their earlier roles, but injecting them with a surprising amount of youthful vigour and callow indignation.

****(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 13/07/2013

It has plenty of charm and good humour and, crucially, it doesn’t “Sulley” memories of the much loved original.

***(*)(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express, 12/07/2013

There's a rather tired, willed atmosphere hanging over it.

Philip French, The Observer, 14/07/2013

Features about Monsters University (U)

Monsters University: Back to school with Pixar

Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 13/06/2013

Making of the Monsters University scream team

Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express, 30/06/2013

Pixar animator Scott Clark on Monsters University

Nathanael Smith, The Skinny, 04/07/2013

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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