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Rotten: As with "Cars," the world of "Planes" feels safe. A little too safe, perhaps.
- Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Thursday, August 8, 2013
Rotten: "Planes" was originally scheduled to be released straight to video. Although the smallest children might like bits and pieces of it, there's nothing in the movie that suggests why Disney strayed from its original plan.
- Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, Thursday, August 8, 2013
Fresh: While the plotting is rather pedestrian, the humour mostly lame, what makes Planes a stand-out experience - not surprisingly, based on Disney's vast and impressive history of animated classics - is the visuals.
- Bruce Demara, Toronto Star, Thursday, August 8, 2013
Planes is one of the first animated features that I've actually found to be not up to the standards of what I've expected from Disney. This is a tiresome film that is quite dull and it recycles ideas from previous animated outings, Cars being the most prominent example. The film is really not that entertaining to begin with, though the voice cast is interesting, there is nothi9ng good to really enjoy here. The animation is wonderful, but that doesn't redeem Planes from being a poor effort on the part of Disney. This was a film that could have been good, but instead it fails to be truly entertaining and fun from start to finish. During the film, some people actually left and asked for a refund. This is purely and simply put a lazy movie that just isn't worth your time. The film was originally intended for a straight to DVD release, and it should have been so. This film was a sheer disappointment. The only thing that stands out here is the animation, but that's it. The film really isn't worth your time, and it is among Disney's worst computer animated features. Hopefully they'll redeem themselves with future movies, but Planes fails to take flight, and stalls in terms of an engaging, fun storyline and entertainment value. I really didn't enjoy this movie and it's quite forgettable in the long run. Disney have made finer animated films than this, but with Planes, it's clear that they're scraping the bottom of the barrel of ideas. This film should have been good, but instead it's a boring movie that just fails and it leaves you wanting much more out of the film. Planes is not worth your time.
- TheDudeLebowski65, Wednesday, August 28, 2013
A really bad animated movie with great animation. Full review on my Letterboxd themoviefreak2001. GRADE:D-
- jcareb, Sunday, September 29, 2013
I was expecting more from this Cars spin off. The film is exactly like Cars but a different ending. I am surprised that the film got a theatrical release rather than it's original direct to DVD release. The film is predictable and nothing really new here. The film reminded me a little of Valiant and Rio. Turbo, which came out last month, I thought was better than this film. The animation is ok. People can get confused thinking that Pixar made the film. I did like that the film does an homage to Top Gun. I love that they got Val Kilmer and Anthony Edwards from Top Gun to do voice work here. There is another scene that reminded me of a scene from Pearl Harbor. Overall, the actors providing the voices are ok, but none of them are spectacular.
- SC007, Thursday, August 22, 2013