Universal acclaim - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. Reviewed by: Marc Caro
    You can't ask for a family film to do more than Toy Story 2. It's smart and playful enough to entertain adults, yet it never aims above the heads of kids.
  2. With its agile, clever script and winning characters, Toy Story 2 is that rare thing -- an excellent children's movie with no upper age limit.
  3. The most entertaining movie of the year. Funny and action-packed, it's also got that rare thing, heart.
  4. 100
    What's most amazing is the finely nuanced performances these bits and bytes deliver.
  5. 100
    Prove(s) once again how ingenious, artful and flat-out entertaining animation can be.
  6. Toy Story 2, like its forebear, will stand the test of time.
  7. One of those rare sequels that's even better than the original.
  8. It's a great, IQ-flattering entertainment both wonderful and wise.
  9. 100
    The animation is even more mind-blowing, if that's possible. The characters and objects seem even more palpable and real than last time. There's a thickness to bodies of the human characters and an amazing attention to detail throughout.
  10. It not only pushes the computer-generated film envelope to the very edge, it's every bit as charming, funny and exciting as the original. In fact, I enjoyed it quite a bit more.
  11. 100
    No parent who's been roped into leading the troops to a matinee need fear being bored: gags are, Simpsons-like, conceived to tickle several generations at once.
  12. 100
    Toy Story 2 may not have the most original title, but everything else about it is, well, mint in the box.
  13. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    The superrealist images beguile us with their bold wit, and the storytelling is so tight, urgent and inventive there doesn't seem to be a wasted moment. Which makes you wonder -- why can't scripts this clever be written for human beings?
  14. 100
    A sequel that eclipses the original. The toys are back with even more hilarious vengeance. The story's twice as inventive as its predecessor.
  15. Reviewed by: Janelle Brown
    Just as good as the original. In fact, it might even be better. Not only is it just as visually stunning and witty as the first, but it's funnier, more thoughtful and more grown-up.
  16. Reviewed by: Tom Keogh
    So funny and smart that holding it up against its predecessor is as pointless as comparing peak episodes of "Seinfeld."
  17. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    Doesn't have the purity, the sense of discovery, of the first Toy Story, but it's still an utter delight. Its images and gags keep replaying themselves in the mind well after the film is over.
  18. Reviewed by: Janet Maslin
    Making sure that computer-generated animation will never be the same.
  19. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    Pixar's improved computer animation is up to all the demands of this excellent adventure.
  20. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Toy Story 2 is to "Toy Story" what "The Empire Strikes Back" was to its predecessor, a richer, more satisfying film in every respect.
  21. 89
    A technologically marvelous animated movie that's just as funny and inventive as the first, but also more emotionally engaging than most live-action films. This is clearly a sequel in name only.
  22. 88
    This isn't a made-for-video that they decided to put into theaters, but a version intended from the first to be theatrical. That's important, because it means more detail and complexity went into the animation.
  23. Toy Story had a simpler, stronger story and the advantage of being the first of its kind. But it's quickly apparent that TS2 represents a major step forward in computer-animation artistry.
  24. The sequel is faster, funnier and wilder, with more cunningly contrived computer effects.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 339 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 58 out of 61
  2. Negative: 2 out of 61
  1. Sep 15, 2011
    "Toy Story 2", the animation sequel to the masterpiece "Toy Story", labels itself as a another masterpiece by continuing the purity and love the first movie had. Full Review »
  2. Apr 7, 2011
    While the first one showed that animated movies can be made completely with cg animation, this one proved that animated sequels can indeed be just as good as their predecessors (Shrek 2 and Toy Story 3 would prove this years later). Full Review »
  3. Jan 16, 2012
    Toy Story 2 is visually dazzling, heartfelt and just hilarious with amazing voice acting and memorable characters this is a very successful sequel. I give this film 95% of a good movie. Full Review »