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Ahhh... it's got that new movie smell.Jun. 08, 2006United States117 Min.G
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The 2006 Pixar film “Cars” was a visual treat, with stunning animation and a cast of memorable characters. However, it fell short of the high standards set by other Pixar films due to a lack of depth and emotional stakes. In this review, we will take a closer look at the movie and its critical reception.

Visuals and Characters:

One of the movie’s strongest aspects was undoubtedly its visuals. The world of “Cars” was brought to life in a way that was both immersive and entertaining. The animators did an excellent job of creating a universe where every object and vehicle was a character, adding personality and charm to each one. Additionally, the film’s cast of characters, led by the lovable Lightning McQueen, was both varied and interesting, adding to the movie’s appeal.

Lack of Depth:

Despite the strengths mentioned above, “Cars” was criticized for its lack of depth. Some critics felt that the movie lacked emotional stakes and failed to connect with the audience on a deeper level. Roger Ebert, for example, noted that the film lacked the child-surrogate character present in other Pixar movies, which made it harder for younger audiences to identify with the story [1]. Others felt that the movie’s themes were not as compelling as those in other Pixar films, leading to a less impactful experience for the viewer.

Audience Reception:

Despite the mixed critical reception, “Cars” was a commercial success, grossing over $462 million worldwide. The movie was also well-received by audiences, particularly younger viewers who were drawn to the colorful visuals and fun characters.


In summary, “Cars” was a visually stunning film with an engaging cast of characters. However, it lacked the emotional depth and compelling themes of other Pixar movies, leading to mixed critical reception. Nevertheless, it was a commercial success and enjoyed by audiences, particularly younger viewers. Overall, while “Cars” may not have been Pixar’s strongest effort, it remains an enjoyable movie that is worth watching for its impressive visuals and fun characters.

Original title Cars
IMDb Rating 7.2 430,090 votes
TMDb Rating 6.906 12,335 votes



Owen Wilson isLightning McQueen (voice)
Lightning McQueen (voice)
Larry the Cable Guy isMater (voice)
Mater (voice)
Bonnie Hunt isSally Carrera (voice)
Sally Carrera (voice)
Paul Newman isDoc Hudson (voice)
Doc Hudson (voice)
Tony Shalhoub isLuigi (voice)
Luigi (voice)
Cheech Marin isRamone (voice)
Ramone (voice)
Michael Wallis isSheriff (voice)
Sheriff (voice)
George Carlin isFillmore (voice)
Fillmore (voice)
Paul Dooley isSarge (voice)
Sarge (voice)
Jenifer Lewis isFlo (voice)
Flo (voice)

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