ation and storytelling in general. To date, even the studio’s worst efforts achieve the kind of box office numbers and reviews that other films merely aspire to. Nevertheless, not all of Pixar’s movies are created equal.
It seems that for every “Toy Story” and “Finding Nemo,” there’s a movie like “The Good Dinosaur” or “Cars 2.” Meanwhile, the upcoming release “Soul” (co-created by Pixar veteran Pete Docter) looks on track to becoming an instant classic, but one never knows for sure. Its latest offering, “Onward,” left many cold.
Today marks the 25th anniversary of Pixar's “Toy Story”—the studio's first film and the one that heralded the dazzling arrival of computer-animated technology and talent in the animated film landscape. Three more “Toy Story” films, many more instant classics, and 25 years later, now is the perfect time to revisit Pixar’s many accomplishments and their adjoining reviews. In addition to the highs are the lows—a handful of cinematic efforts that critics perceived as cash grabs, while other films simply fell short of their goals. Still, Pixar has had more wins than losses. The studio has put out several truly iconic releases, which opened to universal acclaim and are now considered modern masterpieces by critics and audiences alike. The “Toy Story” franchise alone remains a masterclass in computer-animated filmmaking. And that’s just one of the studio’s many successful properties.
To celebrate the studio and its epoch-making oeuvre, Stacker ranked every Pixar film (since March 2020) according to its critical reception, as represented through its Metascore. Ties were broken by IMDb user ratings. There’s a surprise or two in terms of rankings, and #1 isn’t necessarily what the average moviegoer might expect. From worst to first, here are the best Pixar films according to critics.
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