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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 26%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An endearing enough David-and-Goliath tale, aimed squarely at younger kids."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"Has the look and feel of Pixar's 2006 hit, "Cars," if not the latter's charm or strong story."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"...rarely manages to achieve the heights achieved even by 2006's entertaining yet lackluster Cars..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"While kids might respond to the fast-paced airborne antics, the humor isn't clever enough or the story surprising enough to satisfy accompanying grown-ups."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
"Planes is nothing more than Disney cashing in on a successful franchise while the market is hot."
‑ Robert Kojder, What Culture
"A visually colorful but otherwise vanilla continuation of the series."
‑ William Goss,
""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."
‑ Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
"It's a shame that Disney and Pixar aren't in the 'classic-making' business anymore; just the 'distraction-making' business."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"It lacks the passion and depth of their earlier work, replacing meaningful storylines and deeply-felt emotions with clichés and maudlin moral lessons."
‑ Jeff Beck,
"Beautifully (duh!) and expensively (duh squared!) animated, this has its charms, but ultimately gets a little yawn-worthy, with too many characters, too much going on and too many unanswered questions."
‑ David 'Mad Dog' Bradley, Rip It Up
"Strictly by the numbers, from the believe-in-yourself moral to the purely predictable ending."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"As with "Cars," the world of "Planes" feels safe. A little too safe, perhaps."
‑ Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
"A direct-to-video-quality spin-off that only exists to sell toys."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"I didn't care, my kids didn't care, and if I had invited the neighbors over to witness this dull flight, they wouldn't have cared either."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"Think Cars, but with planes. Passable, pleasant, mildly fun and apparently written by computer."
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
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