Cars 2 (2011) (mini-review++)

12(If you’re curious, my review process. It’s also pasted at the end of this post. I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me.)

(***all-purpose SPOILER ALERT*** there may be some in this review)

acting 5

directing 5

effects 8

editing 5

writing 4


2.5 out of 5 🐙


I did not like Cars. I thought it was a movie unworthy of the Pixar pedigree. I thought it was formulaic and boring and the voice performances were lackluster. The sequel is more of the same. It’s another archetypal sports story which isn’t something I dislike. But there needs to be an interesting spin. They added a spy subplot which felt like a desperate addition to the film to make it seem original and creative and live up to the studios’ hard-earned reputation. It did not add anything. It was a clunky waste.

Feels level (0 being no tears, 10 being waterfall): 0 – There is nothing in this film that engenders genuine emotion of any kind.






(1) Shark Wrighter (SW) Score: Based on a sum of 5 sub-scores (acting, directing, writing/story, effects: cinematography &/or animation &/or effects, editing) with 1 being terrible and 10 being terrific.

(2) Octopuses (0-5 🐙, with 5 being fantastic and 0 being feces)

(3) Octopuses are my unquantifiable feeling…not that SW score is scientific…but this one is even less so

(4) ++ This optional section includes any incredibly *brilliant observations that don’t fit into simple quantitative slices like the scores and octopuses *(they are likely NOT brilliant)

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