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39

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 32
  2. Negative: 8 out of 32
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  1. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Aug 7, 2013
    75
    What Planes lacks in novelty, it makes up for with eye-popping aerial sequences and a high-flying comic spirit.
  2. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Aug 7, 2013
    67
    When Planes really takes flight, it can be boldly transporting. Other times, though, it feels like it's running low on jet fuel, full of limp characterizations and questionable set pieces.
  3. Reviewed by: Mark Feeney
    Aug 9, 2013
    63
    Planes has some wonderfully goofy, even ineffable, touches.
  4. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Aug 8, 2013
    63
    Often less really is more, and that’s why I can recommend Planes, a charmingly modest low-budget spin-off from Pixar’s “Cars’’ that provides more thrills and laughs for young children and their parents than many of its more elaborate brethren.
  5. Reviewed by: Dave Calhoun
    Aug 13, 2013
    60
    There’s nothing groundbreaking about the animation or script. That said, the characters and story still offer low-key charms.
  6. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Aug 8, 2013
    60
    For a movie about planes, a lot happens on the ground — those refueling stops can take forever. But the animators take advantage of the power of flight, packing the action sequences with daredevil runs. But it's a race, and a kind of sameness occasionally sets in.
  7. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Aug 7, 2013
    60
    Director Klay Hall's embraceable, overachieving romp plays nicely as a big-screen feature.
  8. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Aug 9, 2013
    50
    Planes moves along quickly at a running time of 92 minutes, occasionally taking flight with some pretty nifty flight sequences. The animation is first-rate, and the Corningware colors are soothing eye candy.
  9. Reviewed by: Susan Wloszczyna
    Aug 9, 2013
    50
    Planes modestly succeeds. Very modestly.
  10. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Aug 8, 2013
    50
    Essentially Cars in midair.
  11. Reviewed by: Peter Hartlaub
    Aug 8, 2013
    50
    Airplane buffs are going to have a particularly good time; each of the planes seems to have an obscure real-life counterpart. And pop-culture junkies will appreciate a few sly nods as well.
  12. Reviewed by: Lawrence Toppman
    Aug 8, 2013
    50
    Elementary school-age boys may well be delighted, but it offers not a scintilla of stimulation for anyone else.
  13. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Aug 8, 2013
    50
    Planes has practically no visual distinction, it's a complete knockoff, but I think it'll get by with the kids.
  14. 50
    While visually engaging, this production of Disneytoon Studios -- it was originally slated to go direct-to-DVD -- lacks the sort of character depth and dramatic scope normally associated with the Pixar brand.
  15. Reviewed by: William Goss
    Aug 12, 2013
    43
    A visually colorful but otherwise vanilla continuation of the series.
  16. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    Aug 15, 2013
    40
    DisneyToon Studios have borrowed so much from Pixar here, and yet they seem to have learned almost nothing.
  17. Reviewed by: Angie Errigo
    Aug 12, 2013
    40
    A Pixney misfire.
  18. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Aug 9, 2013
    40
    The characters may soar, but viewers’ spirits stay grounded.
  19. Reviewed by: Emma Johnston
    Aug 9, 2013
    40
    Little ones will love the bright action scenes, but the lack of wit and humanity that makes exec producer John Lasseter’s best work so special will leave grown-ups feeling frustratingly grounded.
  20. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Aug 8, 2013
    40
    Planes is for the most part content to imitate rather than innovate, presumably hoping to reap a respectable fraction of the box office numbers of “Cars” and “Cars 2,” which together made hundreds of millions of dollars (not to mention the ubiquitous product tie-ins).
  21. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Aug 8, 2013
    40
    On just about every other level other than visuals, Planes is dry, dry, dry. There's no verbal wit, no standout vocal performances.
  22. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Aug 8, 2013
    40
    Planes was originally scheduled to be released straight to video. Although the smallest children might like bits and pieces of it, there’s nothing in the movie that suggests why Disney strayed from its original plan.
  23. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    Aug 8, 2013
    40
    It’s a pleasant enough expression of a series of familiar story beats, but apart from a few brief action-sequence moments, it could hardly be more rote or vanilla.
  24. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Aug 7, 2013
    40
    Diverting in bits and pieces, but absent the heart, soul and ingenuity one associates with the best of Disney animation, the endlessly merchandisable picture could very well soar at the box office, but it won’t stick the landing where word of mouth is concerned.
  25. 38
    Planes looks, sounds and feels like a direct-to-video project, which in an earlier age when people still bought DVDs it would have been. In theaters, it’s nothing more than a laughless 90 minute commercial for toys available at a retailer near you.
  26. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    Aug 7, 2013
    33
    Perhaps one of the two already-in-the-works Planes sequels will crack one of these unholy machines open. That’d be about the only reason to return to this nose-diving franchise.
  27. Reviewed by: Phil Brown
    Aug 8, 2013
    25
    Despite gorgeous visuals from an army of Disney animators, the film is one of the weakest the studio has produced in years and deserved a bargain-bin DVD release.
  28. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    Aug 8, 2013
    25
    The animated film has all the hallmarks of a straight-to-DVD project - inferior plot, dull writing, cheap drawing.
  29. Reviewed by: R. Kurt Osenlund
    Aug 7, 2013
    25
    The film feels second-rate in every sense, from the quality of its animation to its C-list voice cast.
  30. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Aug 8, 2013
    20
    Little ones will stay engaged, but any kid old enough to fly unaccompanied will probably search for other in-flight entertainment.
  31. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Aug 7, 2013
    20
    What a clunker.
  32. Reviewed by: Amy Nicholson
    Aug 6, 2013
    20
    Can a plane jump a shark when it's already in the air? To Disney, that question is moot. It's so certain that Planes will make a mint in toys, if not in theaters, that it's already slated a sequel for next summer.
User Score
3.4

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 138 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 39
  2. Negative: 21 out of 39
  1. Aug 9, 2013
    0
    Parents, please dont pay a cent to see this film, a lot of the production was outsourced to India and shows, in spite of a number of capableParents, please dont pay a cent to see this film, a lot of the production was outsourced to India and shows, in spite of a number of capable north American studio that bid to do the work at a reasonable rates, the executives still chose to do this in India where they can pay an artist about 500 dollars a month. If the savings were kicked back to the consumer this would be reasonable, but it isn't, they will charge full price, its just lines a few executives pockets and further weakens our industries and work force. Dear Parents these movies regardless if they are made in north America make bags of cash, the small saving made by outsourcing art to India does nothing but line a few individual pockets, and takes away from hard working families who are trying to make a living, and further more you the consumer will be given an inferior product, and still charged the full price. boycott Full Review »
  2. Aug 9, 2013
    4
    What planes lacks in humor and speech it doesn't do that well in animation. There are some very good flying scenes but I think the toys willWhat planes lacks in humor and speech it doesn't do that well in animation. There are some very good flying scenes but I think the toys will make more money than the movie. This is not a movie you would rush to watch, only see it if you have some spare time. Full Review »
  3. Nov 17, 2013
    0
    Why do I ever going to see a Disney movie that has a full of C-lists actors like Dane Cook and not-so-mediocre (Julia Louise-Dryfuss and TeriWhy do I ever going to see a Disney movie that has a full of C-lists actors like Dane Cook and not-so-mediocre (Julia Louise-Dryfuss and Teri Hatcher) actresses. Cars 2 was one of the worst sequels in a Pixar movie, but it gets much worse. Since Disney is still trying to open its wounds from past mistakes, they make a new movie called "Planes." Sure it's not a Pixar movie, but when it comes to bad comedians, Dane Cook can't act and can't even save this Disney debauchery. If they said "world of Cars" then how come Cook be so stupid to be in a Disney movie? It's good for the kids, unfortunately, it's another side of bad things to come for the mouse house. Avoid "Planes." Full Review »