Universal acclaim - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. 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.
  2. 60
    The story is simple enough for young children to follow, and the computer-animated images are both bright and surprisingly complex. Adults won't find the action heart-stopping.
  3. The story is surprising, the screenplay is witty, and the animation is wonderfully creative. A super sequel.
  4. It's a great, IQ-flattering entertainment both wonderful and wise.
  5. 100
    Toy Story 2 may not have the most original title, but everything else about it is, well, mint in the box.
  6. Aspires to the boundlessness of a kid's imagination.
  7. Toy Story 2, like its forebear, will stand the test of time.
  8. 50
    If you (or your kids) loved Toy Story, you'll like Toy Story 2 as well. Just don't expect any big surprises.
  9. 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.
  10. 63
    It's impossible not to shake the feeling that we've been here before, and the movie never does convince you that a return trip was entirely necessary.
  11. The sequel is faster, funnier and wilder, with more cunningly contrived computer effects.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 100
    Prove(s) once again how ingenious, artful and flat-out entertaining animation can be.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. The kitsch is back in full bloom.
  18. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Everything you could want in a sequel. It satisfyingly regenerates the characters and qualities that made the first film so popular. And then it moves them forward into newer, fresher, more elaborate, more involving territory.
  19. 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?
  20. 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.
  21. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    Pixar's improved computer animation is up to all the demands of this excellent adventure.
  22. 100
    What's most amazing is the finely nuanced performances these bits and bytes deliver.
  23. 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.
  24. The most entertaining movie of the year. Funny and action-packed, it's also got that rare thing, heart.
  25. 80
    The story is just as funny and touching. The only problem is the inevitable one: The freshness -- the novel delight -- is a little faded now.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    Runs on wit and creativity.
  29. Reviewed by: Tom Keogh
    So funny and smart that holding it up against its predecessor is as pointless as comparing peak episodes of "Seinfeld."
  30. One of those rare sequels that's even better than the original.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. Reviewed by: Janet Maslin
    Making sure that computer-generated animation will never be the same.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 341 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 »