Finding Dory (2016) (mini-review++)

findory(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 9

directing 9

effects 9

editing 9

writing 9


4.5 out of 5 🐙


I never thought Finding Nemo would have a sequel. I mean, they FOUND Nemo. Were they going to lose him again and then have to find him again? But then I never thought Toy Story needed a 3rd or 4th installment and I was happily proven wrong. Well, they didn’t need a 3 and 4 but they were both wonderful. As usual, Pixar surprised me. In its predecessor, the good parent does everything to find the child. In Finding Dory, a good child does everything to find her parents. It’s a simple flip but it’s beautifully done. Finding Nemo had one of the most satisfying endings in the Pixar canon and that is a VERY HIGH bar. Finding Dory managed to match that level of satisfaction and emotional glee. That’s remarkable;e. It’ remarkable.

Feels level (0 being no tears, 10 being waterfall): 8 – When Dory finally reunites with her parents, it’s a supernova of feels. But besides this explosion, there are several lesser bursts of tear duct filling moments that pepper Dory’s epic quest. 






(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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