A Not-So-Definitive Ranking of Pixar Films

It occurred during my Finding Dory review that I made more than a few allusions to my opinions on Pixar that may need a little more context. So, in the interest of fulfilling the expectations of being internet content, I’ve decided to rank all the Pixar films. I’ll say just a sentence about each, because god knows I don’t want to write 17 paragraphs.

I would say this is all just my opinion, but I trust you have enough critical training to get that. This is also all with the understanding that only #17 is a film I don’t like. Everything else is good to perfection.

17) Cars 2

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The only Pixar misfire.

16) Cars

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Great for kids, fine for anyone else.

15) Monsters University

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Good, but nowhere close to great.

14) Toy Story 2

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The first sequel would allude to the future strengths and weaknesses of all Pixar sequels.

13) The Good Dinosaur

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Beautiful Western, but the rough production history shows.

12) Finding Nemo

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Emotional gold, but narrative bronze.

11) Brave

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Better than its reputation suggests.

10) Finding Dory

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As good as gets without any innovation in play.

9) A Bug’s Life

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Proved that Pixar wasn’t a one-hit wonder and was wittier than its competition.

8) Up

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10 minutes of all-time great Pixar, 90 minutes of pretty good Pixar.

7) Toy Story

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The first effort still holds up after all these years.

6) Monsters, Inc.

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Amazing casting in a world of imagination.

5) Ratatouille

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Infinite charm and one of the more even-handed treatments of criticism.

4) Toy Story 3

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Pixar grapples with age and momentarily figures out how to make a near-perfect sequel.

3) Wall-E

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Loudly brilliant first act with a quietly brilliant second and third.

2) Inside Out

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Beautiful, imaginative, and emotionally smarter than most other films for any age group.

1) The Incredibles

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Narratively, emotionally, and visually stunning with a wit and intelligence far beyond its genre or its years.

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