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Monsters, Inc.

  • Rated G
  • HD and SD formats available

anime & animation, children & family

Monsters are scared by a cute little girl who finally wins them over.

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common sense

ON for kids age 5
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Educational value
0 out of 5
0 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
1 out of 5
Violence & scariness
2 out of 5

Cute, kid-friendly monster movie; may scare sensitive kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Monsters, Inc. is about closet monsters, but from their point of view -- scaring kids is their 9-to-5 job. Kids might be scared of the movie's concept initially, but they'll soon figure out that the monster Sulley is a softy who takes care of the little girl in the story who isn't the least bit afraid of him. However there's one scene where a monster the child does fear straps her to a chair and tries to steel her screams. Kids will find it funny that most monsters fear any contact with kids -- when one monster gets a child's sock on him the whole factory panics and biohazard workers quarantine and shave him. Young kids may need help understanding what the monsters in yellow suits are doing to him and why. Note: The 3-D version amps up the intensity.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about what Sulley learns about kids and how he changes the factory for the better in the end.
  • They can also talk about how each kid was scared by a certain kind of monster. Why was Boo scared of Randall and not Sulley? Why was Sulley considered such a top-notch scarer then?
  • What would make you laugh the hardest if it came out of your closet?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: The plot premises of Monsters, Inc. strike me as downright peculiar for a supposed children's entertainment.

- Andrew Sarris, New York Observer, Wednesday, November 14, 2001

Fresh: Though a bit indulgent of its star power at times, Monsters is funny and sweet enough to delight kids and inventive enough to satisfy adults.

- Carla Meyer, San Francisco Chronicle, Friday, November 2, 2001

Fresh: It's agreeable and often funny, and adults who take their kids to see it might be surprised to find themselves having a pretty good time.

- Charles Taylor,, Saturday, November 3, 2001

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Monsters, Inc. is an utterly charming animated film by Pixar with their signature humanism and light touch. It's gorgeously animated with a wonderful display of colors throughout, something critics have criticized a little bit in their other films like 'Wall-E". The voice work is also top notch, with every actor sinking their teeth into the roles and getting lost in the story. Sometimes big name actors distract from the film, but Billy Crystal and John Goodman are fantastic and have excellent rapport. The story is a little simplistic, but the execution is once again what shines. There are so many memorable characters and lines and the world they have created for these monsters is very creative. This is just another example of the kind of films that puts Pixar ahead of everyone else in the genre. It's not quite on the level of some of their more sophisticated work, but Monsters, Inc. is more than worthy of the Pixar name. It's great entertainment for kids and adults.

- jlewis07, Thursday, May 30, 2013

4 stars

Great animation. Original storyline about monsters in closets.

- thmtsang, Sunday, October 14, 2012

4 stars

There are many reasons that "Monsters, Inc." is so great, but the two main ones are easy to identify: Billy Crystal and John Goodman. These two, and their respective characters Mike and Sully, are classic match made in heaven. The way the story diverts monster cliches (by making the child the perceived monster) is fresh, and never once does the film settle for anything less than brilliant (which is most apparent in the chase atop the moving doors.)

- fb791220692, Monday, October 8, 2012