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  • Summary: When world famous air racer Dusty learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he shifts gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his courageous team, including spirited superWhen world famous air racer Dusty learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he shifts gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his courageous team, including spirited super scooper Dipper, heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter, ex-military transport Cabbie and a lively bunch of brave all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 29
  2. Negative: 5 out of 29
  1. Reviewed by: Bill Zwecker
    Jul 17, 2014
    75
    Planes: Fire & Rescue is a good improvement over “Planes,” which Disney released last year. The story is stronger, there are some wonderful additions to the voice talent and the 3D cinematography is well-utilized.
  2. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Jul 4, 2014
    75
    Planes: Fire and Rescue serves as a dramatic improvement over the original, introducing thrilling action sequences backed by actual stakes and an unexpected emotional dimension, all on top of upgraded animation and a greater emphasis on character.
  3. Reviewed by: Susan Wloszczyna
    Jul 18, 2014
    63
    Surprise, surprise. This "Planes" quickly grounds itself with a story that at least offers an emotional hook (if not ladder) that most adults and even kids can appreciate.
  4. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Jul 4, 2014
    50
    Beautiful to look at, this is nothing more than a Little Engine That Could story refitted to accommodate aerial action and therefore unlikely to engage the active interest of anyone above the age of about 8, or 10 at the most.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Hartlaub
    Jul 17, 2014
    50
    An occasionally rousing but mostly just adequate sequel to last year's "Planes."
  6. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Jul 18, 2014
    40
    Surprisingly dull.
  7. Reviewed by: Catherine Bray
    Jul 15, 2014
    20
    Displaying a weird lack of memorable or endearing characters, this animated effort feels more like a direct-to-video job from the 1990s than a fully fledged John Lasseter–exec-produced theatrical release.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. Jul 19, 2014
    10
    The animation is great and there are enough jokes and interesting action to keep adults and kids entertained. Probably best viewed in 3D. AThe animation is great and there are enough jokes and interesting action to keep adults and kids entertained. Probably best viewed in 3D. A big plus is that it is not anotehr 'race movie'. Expand
  2. Jul 18, 2014
    8
    It was funny. Many jokes ranged from vehicle puns to a few dirty jokes that went over the children's heads. I never saw the first one, mostlyIt was funny. Many jokes ranged from vehicle puns to a few dirty jokes that went over the children's heads. I never saw the first one, mostly because I was turned away from the aspect that it was just treading on the racing scene again. There was none of that in this film , and it provided a dilemma that the hero had to share responsibility for, as he still had a lot to learn what courage meant. The resolution was climatic, if not a bit too simple. I saw it in 3D, and it worked well with the valleys and trees and fires; it felt like Grand Canyon National Park. Overall, it was a good tribute to Fire Fighters who gave their lives and are continuing to protect civilians.
    When I left the theater, a Fire Truck rushed past and I smiled in gratitude as the sirens faded.
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  3. Jan 30, 2015
    8
    A stronger story than the original Planes, with good animation and great jokes to keep all ages entertained. I thought it was a good movie,A stronger story than the original Planes, with good animation and great jokes to keep all ages entertained. I thought it was a good movie, and it was different. I personally think the animation of this movie gets underrated a bit, and it's short enough to keep kids entertained for the ones who don't like long movies. Disney did a good job making this movie in the short timeframe since Planes, about one year.

    Rating: 8/10
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  4. Jul 28, 2014
    6
    Planes: Fire & Rescue is a much improved 3D sequel compared to its predecessor. With a more serious and original storyline. Despite, bothPlanes: Fire & Rescue is a much improved 3D sequel compared to its predecessor. With a more serious and original storyline. Despite, both movies Planes and its sequel lack some magic that a disney movie should have with its ingredients, and both should apparently be straight to video. Expand
  5. Nov 20, 2014
    4
    stupidly boring movie.....ermmm our whole family nearly slept while watching this movie and some movies like Wreck It Ralph or Frozen OR BIGstupidly boring movie.....ermmm our whole family nearly slept while watching this movie and some movies like Wreck It Ralph or Frozen OR BIG HERO 6 could beat this movie! Expand
  6. Jul 25, 2014
    4
    I think, that this movie is not a "Great film". It's a film made for child. If you and your son go to see it, your son or dauther,cgonna likeI think, that this movie is not a "Great film". It's a film made for child. If you and your son go to see it, your son or dauther,cgonna like it, but you don't. It's a bad film to adults. For adults you gonna born in the movie. But this movie have a good animation. Expand
  7. Jan 4, 2015
    1
    This movie obviously thinks kids are stupid because there is no other reason for this film to exist. Remember when pixar films used to takeThis movie obviously thinks kids are stupid because there is no other reason for this film to exist. Remember when pixar films used to take years in development? This one came out less than a year after the original Planes, and it really shows. I haven’t seen such a carbon copy sequel since Hangover Part 2. They have just replaced the word Racing Plane for Fire Fighter, the animation has somehow managed to get worse and the fact that this was left in cinemas for as long as it was, meant that more parents took kids to see this than decent children's movies that came out this year (seriously Despicable Me 2 and the Croods were much better than this). kids deserve a better class of movie than this. The cars films were dreadful, Planes was even worse. I haven’t even seen the boat spin-off but I can assume that is awful as well and if there are any plans to make more of them in the future then expect them to turn up on future lists as these films have no redeeming qualities whatsoever. Expand

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