Pixar's winning streak to end with 'Cars 2?'

The animation company's latest film takes a hit from the nation's critics Photo: Walt Disney

DENVER, June 22, 2011 — Film critics love Pixar movies as much as the general public does. Maybe more.

Check out the stats over at RottenTomatoes.com, the main review aggregator on the web, regarding the most recent Pixar releases:

Cars by Pixar

Cars by Pixar

“Toy Story 3” - 99 percent fresh

“Up” - 98 percent fresh

“Wall*e” - 96 percent fresh

“Ratatouille” - 96 percent fresh

“Cars” - 74 percent fresh

Screeeech! That 2006 Pixar film featured talking cars, a tough sell by most standards. Yet it still earned a rating most studios would take in a heartbeat.

But even the hottest of hot streaks must end.

“Cars 2,” opening June 24 nationwide, currently holds a 52 percent rating at RottenTomatoes.com.

The AP’s Christy Lemire dubs the film “a mess.” Marshall Fine calls it “a rotten egg.”

More reviews will be added to the site in the days to come, so it’s possible that figure could go up or down a bit soon.

Let’s not let a few negative reviews detract from the big picture. No film studio generates as much timeless material as Pixar. None. And even if “Cars 2” disappoints, it doesn’t diminish the company’s historic film achievements.

Christian Toto is a veteran journalist and film critic whose work appears in The Denver Post, Box Office Magazine and PajamasMedia.com. His movie reviews are heard on WTOP radio and “The Dennis Miller Show,” and he blogs on film at What Would Toto Watch? Read more of Christian’s work at Movies in Toto in the Communities at the Washington Times. You can also follow him on Twitter.




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Christian Toto is a freelance entertainment reporter and film critic with more than a decade of experience in daily newspapers, magazines and the Web. He currently reports for The Washington Times, boxoffice.com, The Denver Post, Denver Magazine, MovieMaker Magazine, HumanEvents.com, PajamasMedia.com and Big Hollywood. His radio commentaries can be heard on WTOP in Washington, D.C. and 94.5 Country in Topeka, Kansas. He is the official film critic for “The Dennis Miller Show" heard nationwide on Westwood One stations. He regularly blogs about film at What Would Toto Watch? and the Denver Film Community Examiner site. He is a member of both the Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association and the Denver Film Critics Society. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

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