Finding Dory

Finding Dory


Finding Dory.  Rating:  3 (out of 5).  Dory is back, with Nemo and Marlin, as she looks for answers about her past. This animated film premieres on VOD on Tuesday, November 15.  The Chicago Sun-Times says, “It’s a solid, entertaining, well-paced sequel featuring terrific voice work, a clever script and some ingenious action sequences. It just doesn’t quite reach the soaring heights of inspirational storytelling and elevated humor of the original.”

Starring: Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres
Director: Andrew Stanton and Angus MacLane
Rating: PG
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Animation, Family



USA Today gives the movie 2.5 out of 4 stars, and further notes, “While the animation is still top-notch and a slew of new waterlogged personalities buoy the story, it doesn’t have nearly the same sense of heart, wonder and awe as Nemo.”

Chicago Sun-Times says, “It’s a solid, entertaining, well-paced sequel featuring terrific voice work, a clever script and some ingenious action sequences. It just doesn’t quite reach the soaring heights of inspirational storytelling and elevated humor of the original.”

The New York Times finds, “What “Dory” lacks in dazzling originality it more than makes up for in warmth, charm and good humor.”

Washington Post gives the movie 3 out of 4 stars, and further notes, “In deciding not to stray far from the first film in plot or tone, it makes for a pleasant, familiar, cheerfully unassuming fish-in-her-water tale.”

New York Magazine (Vulture) thinks, “In the end, is Finding Dory better than Finding Nemo? It’s funnier and more intricate, but the tears it jerks have been jerked before. It’s not as original, not as deep.”

Variety observes, “Andrew Stanton and Angus MacLane, the co-directors of “Finding Dory,” have made a beautiful, rambunctious, and fully felt sequel — a movie totally worth its salt water. It’s a film that spills over with laughs (most of them good, a few of them shticky) and tears (all of them earned), supporting characters who are meant to slay us (and mostly do) with their irascible sharp tongues, and dizzyingly extended flights of physical comedy.”

Chicago Tribune says, “The visual personality of the movie is fantastically vivid and bright, the story itself, less so.”

New York Post observes, “If there has ever been a better voice performance in an animated film than Ellen DeGeneres’ in Pixar’s wonderful sequel Finding Dory, I sure can’t think of it. Her tour de force even surpasses Robin Williams in “Aladdin.”“

Entertainment Weekly gives the film a B rating, and further notes, “What it is is a perfectly enjoyable family film that’s comforting, familiar, and a bit slight, like one of those serviceable Lion King spin-offs that Disney used to ship straight to DVD back in the ‘90s.”

The Hollywood Reporter thinks, “While rambunctious and passably humorous, this offspring isn’t nearly as imaginative and nimble-minded as the forerunner that spawned it.”

Miami Herald says, “The scale of Finding Dory is bigger than that of “Finding Nemo,” but I started missing the smaller, more intimate excitement of the fishing tank inside the dentist’s office in Nemo.”

According to Village Voice, “Finding Dory might be messy, but through its central interplay — between present and past, light and dark, joy and pain — it manages an emotional complexity that puts most supposedly grown-up movies to shame.”

Los Angeles Times finds, “Because no one compensates for a thin concept like the people at Pixar, there is a lot to admire in the animated “Dory,” including stunning undersea visuals and an ocean full of eccentric and engaging aquatic creatures. But, as the 13-year gap between “Nemo” and “Dory” indicates, this was not a concept that cried out to be made.”

The Seattle Times gives the movie 3.5 stars, and further notes, “For all the witty voices and great escapes (maybe one too many of the latter), “Finding Dory” is ultimately a character story, and DeGeneres’ lovable, brave Dory swims right into our hearts. Over the end credits, Sia croons “Unforgettable.” Spot-on? Maybe. Adorable? You bet.”

New York Daily News observes, “DeGeneres and company make Finding Dory memorable.”

Philadelphia Inquirer thinks, “Much of Finding Dory is funny, and fun. But there’s something kind of haunting about our heroine’s memory thing. If you forget where you are, and who you are, and why you are – isn’t that called Losing Dory?”

According to Wall Street Journal, “Finding Dory can be touching, sweet and tender, but it’s compulsively, preposterously and steadfastly funny.”

Christian Science Monitor says, “There are some rollicky moments in Finding Dory, which comes 13 years after the markedly better “Finding Nemo,” both directed by Andrew Stanton.”

San Francisco Chronicle finds, “The heart of the film, like Dory’s, is pure. “Finding Dory” is a worthy sequel to one of Pixar’s best films.”

Boston Globe thinks, “Much of the plot is outrageously, if also cheerfully, implausible — except that, in a context of talking fish, what qualifies as implausible? The important thing is how everything rings true emotionally.”

Arizona Republic writes, “Like the original, Finding Dory makes us understand the fears, joys, struggles and triumphs of family.”

St. Louis Post-Dispatch gives the movie 3.5 out of 4 stars, and further notes, “Audiences should find “Dory” one of Pixar’s most charming achievements.”

Austin Chronicle says, “Where “Finding Nemo” capitalized on the awesome splendor and danger of the ocean, this follow-up shifts much of its action to an aquatic park and becomes broader and sillier, or at least reality-busting, for it.”

Tampa Bay Times gives the movie a B rating, and further writes, “Finding Dory is a good sequel to a great film, and perhaps that’s all fans could hope for.”

According to Charlotte Observer, “Finding Dory can be described in exactly the same way as its title character: good-natured, funny, optimistic, darting from place to place, ranging from anxious to frenzied in tone, and unable to sustain an idea for more than a few moments.”

The Globe and Mail gives the movie 4 out of 4 stars, and further notes, “DeGeneres goes much further, though, maintaining a delicate balance between Dory’s optimistic personality and the hovering anxieties created by her imperfect memory.”

The Telegraph finds, “Finding Dory doesn’t aim quite as high as those three studio personal bests. But it nevertheless navigates tricky emotional territory with a perceptiveness and tact that isn’t just great storytelling, but could be a real comfort to parents and children alike who unexpectedly see themselves in Dory’s plight.”

The Guardian says, “The problem with Finding Dory is it doesn’t know when enough is enough. Its believe-in-yourself message is pounded with the subtlety of a hammerhead shark and the final action sequence is really too far-fetched to fathom.”

Slate thinks, “Even at its silliest and most action-packed, Finding Dory never loses sight of its emotional center: that deeply human (and, apparently, piscine) desire to understand where one came from and to reunite with the creatures one loves best.”

Total Film gives the film 3 out of 5 stars, and further notes, “For all its attempts to expand the original’s ensemble and embellish its themes, Dory is cod in batter beside Nemo’s smoked salmon. But still tasty.”

Movie Nation finds, “There are enough laughs in Finding Dory to justify Disney wanting a sequel to “Finding Nemo,” one of the most successful animated films of all time. And there’s enough heart and smarts to warrant Pixar making it.”

ReelViews gives the movie 3 out of 4 stars, and further notes, “Finding Dory is solid family-friendly entertainment that will undoubtedly delight fans of Finding Nemo. It may work better, however, for those who haven’t seen the 2003 release because, for them, this movie will be a fresher, less derivative experience.”

According to TheWrap, “Finding Dory never quite hits that sweet spot of sadness. The film definitely pushes our buttons as it portrays loss and separation, but it never slows down enough to let us ache. Even so, Finding Dory is rousingly entertaining.” gives the film 3 stars, and further writes, “The result might be less fulfilling this time, but “Finding Dory” is ultimately worth the voyage.”

CineVue says, “Finding Dory is as entertaining, soul enriching and bittersweet as any Pixar production to date.”

Rolling Stone finds, “If Finding Dory lacks the fresh surprise of its predecessor, it still brims with humor, heart and animation miracles.”

Time Out New York observes, “While Finding Dory is definitely the kind of visual pleasure we’ve come to expect from Pixar, its storyline doesn’t always reach the heights of inventiveness upon which the gigantic animation studio has built its reputation. The film lacks the psychological probing of Inside Out, the existential ponderings of Wall-E, the gentle, stoic sadness of Up.”

Screen International says, “Dory isn’t as emotionally nuanced as the original film, but while the robustly entertaining sequel doesn’t have the same thematic richness, it’s still potently poignant and willing to deal with loss in aggressively sombre tones. DeGeneres does a terrific job finding the silliness and pain in an absentminded character whom the filmmakers never let just be a one-joke creation.”

Hitfix gives the movie a B+ rating, and further notes, “Finding Dory may be familiar magic, but there’s magic in it all the same.”

ScreenCrush finds, “Dory is an entertaining and heartfelt sequel, but it never quite shakes the feeling that Pixar, a studio known for breaking new ground in animation, is retracing its steps this time out.”

Consequence of Sound gives the movie an A- rating, and further notes, “Pixar’s latest has all the sweet, ricochet-fast humor of the original, the same brilliant animation and rich color, the same winning performances (complete with a few new scene-stealers), and the same simple, staggering emotional intelligence of its predecessor. Yet what’s most affecting about Dory is what makes it different.”

According to Slant Magazine, “Finding Dory follows its predecessor in being broadly concerned with comforting notions of home and family.”

A.V. Club gives the movie a B- rating, and further notes, “There’s something a little canned about the film’s emotional arc; the strings show more than they used to on Planet Pixar, even with DeGeneres providing empathy by the gallon.”

The Film Stage says, “In terms of emotional complexity and character evolution, Finding Dory treads the same water as its predecessor with less success. It’s a fine technological update and not a particularly inspired storytelling upgrade.”

The Playlist gives the movie a B rating, and further notes, “A worthy successor, “Finding Dory” sets its own course, and joyfully delivers.”

Indiewire thinks, “Finding Dory doesn’t feel lazy, cynical, or like a rehash. On the contrary, it does what a sequel should — it’s a compelling argument for why we make them in the first place.”

Empire Online gives the film 4 out of 5 stars, and further notes, “Pixar sequel-phobes be damned — this is a dazzling and technically impressive return to form that delivers a similar high to Finding Nemo without feeling like a retread.”

The Verge says, “The colorful characters don’t entirely hide the fact that this is a lesser Pixar film, coasting on Finding Nemo’s popularity, and telling a too-similar story that isn’t as ambitious or emotionally intense.”


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