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‘Inside Out’ Reviews: Is Pixar’s Latest A Game Changer?

Wed, June 17, 2015 5:53pm EDT by 1 Comment
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Expectations are always high when a new Pixar movie debuts. The most recent effort, ‘Inside Out,’ is just about to hit theaters– see if it lives up to its all-star predecessors!

In Inside Out, which will debut on June 19, Amy Poehler, Mindy Kahling and a few other huge names voice the various emotions inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl, who’s struggling with her feelings. In a first for Pixar, the film will deal with depression and other mental illnesses, perhaps changing the animated game in a major way. But what do the critics have to say? We’ve rounded up the reviews for ya!


New York Times:

Part of the magic is that even when out in space or in a rat-run restaurant, Pixar films stay earthbound. What’s most striking about “Inside Out” isn’t its inside-the-brain gee-whiz design, but that it’s probably Pixar’s most directly human story yet: An 11-year-old girl, growing up.

Entertainment Weekly:

[Pixar has] made a movie that’s so smart and psychologically clever, it may leave little ones scratching their heads wondering why their parents are laughing so hard and getting so choked up. It’s the first film I know of that’s been marketed to kids, but is in actuality made for grown-ups.

Rolling Stone:

Pixar’s 15th feature is another landmark, an unmissable film triumph that raises the bar on what animation can do and proves that live action doesn’t have dibs on cinematic art. Oh, did I say it was funny? It is, uproariously so, when you’re not brushing away a tear.

Vulture:

A little over five years ago, Pixar writer-director Pete Docter (Up) tried to imagine how the world looked through the eyes of his sad 11-year-old daughter, and the movie he was moved to conceive, Inside Out, will likely help sad girls and boys and the grown-ups they become for as long as there are movies. Set largely inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl named Riley, this teeming, tear-duct-draining, exhaustingly inventive, surreal animated comedy is going to be a new pop-culture touchstone. In all kinds of ways it’s a mind-opener.

Will you see Inside Out?

— Casey Mink