• 100
    Robert Wilonsky New Times (L.A.)
    As giddy and antic as any great Warner Bros. cartoon of the 1930s and '40s -- it bears seeing more than once, if only to allow for the sight gags that play second fiddle to the plot, a rarity in animation -- but also resonant and real. In other words, it's the perfect movie.
  • 90
    David Ansen Newsweek
    A terrific piece of work: smart, inventive and executed with state-of-the-art finesse.
  • 88
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer
    It comes from Pixar, the animation studio that scored with the "Toy Story" series and "A Bug's Life," and it has more zip and a tad less soul than those predecessors.
  • 88
    Mark Caro Chicago Tribune
    The climax, featuring what's essentially a suspended roller coaster of closet doors, is as thrilling as it is imaginative.
  • 83
    William Arnold Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    Not quite up to the exalted level of the two predecessors ("Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2"), be assured it's still the most eye-popping and thoroughly entertaining animated film to come down the pike so far this year.
  • 80
    Michael Dequina Film Threat
    Confirms that despite all the technical tools at their disposal, one thing counts head and shoulders above razzle-dazzle eye candy (or anything else, for that matter): the story and characters, and Monsters, Inc. introduces worthy additions to the Pixar pantheon.
  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News
    Rarely does an animated character merge as perfectly with the persona of the actor providing his voice as the star of Monsters, Inc. does with John Goodman.
  • 67
    Shawn Levy Portland Oregonian
    It's a good movie, mind you, with great bits in it, but it still falls short of rapture.
  • 60
    Kenneth Turan Los Angeles Times
    Though it has its charms, Monsters, Inc. does not measure up. As a childhood entertainment it is certainly fine, but Pixar's celebrated lure for adults is largely absent.
  • 50
    Michael Atkinson Village Voice
    But Monsters, Inc. -- directed by Pixar soldier Pete Docter, not by master digital comic John Lasseter -- turns out to be stingy on context, commentary, and the prism-ing view of pop culture that made the earlier films mint.