Toy Story 3 'an Instant Classic'
Pixar brings series to 'dazzling, emotional' finale
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 18, 2010 5:27 AM CDT
Updated Jun 18, 2010 6:57 AM CDT

(Newser) Toy Story 3 is a heartwarming masterpiece that easily ranks among Pixar's best, say critics in unanimously positive reviews (as of this writing, it has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes). Andy's headed to college in this one, but instead of being stored in the attic or put out with the trash, the toys end up in a day-care center—and at the mercy of manic toddlers.

  • The return of Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and the rest of the gang "is everything a movie should be: hilarious, touching, exciting and clever," writes Claudia Puig of USA Today.

  • Pixar has made "a worthy and delirious final chapter to this hallowed animation franchise," writes Rene Rodriguez for the Miami Herald, praising the movie's "irreverent energy" and long, hyperactive action sequences.
  • "Not since the early Disney classics have cartoon characters faced so dire a threat with such heroic grace," writes Richard Corliss of Time, labeling Toy Story 3 "an instant classic."
  • Some of the gags seem recycled but the movie really finds itself in its "dazzling, scary and sentimental" third act, writes Roger Moore for the Orlando Sentinel. The 3-D, however, doesn't add much, he says.