Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle
An occasionally rousing but mostly just adequate sequel to last year's "Planes." show more
Claudia Puig USA Today
With the lackluster quality of its characters — aircraft, a smattering of trucks, RVs and motorcycles — the movie makes Pixar's Cars and its sequel look like masterpieces. show more
David Hiltbrand Philadelphia Inquirer
The animation in Planes: Fire & Rescue is considerably better, the landscapes grander, and the 3-D flight and firefighting scenes more exciting. show more
New York Daily News
Surprisingly dull. show more
Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter
Beautiful to look at, this is nothing more than a Little Engine That Could story refitted to accommodate aerial action and therefore unlikely to engage the active interest of anyone above the age of about 8, or 10 at the most. show more
James Rocchi The Wrap
This movie hardly rates as first-class animation, but it gets in, gets the job done, and moves on both swiftly and well. show more
Bill Zwecker Chicago Sun-Times
Planes: Fire & Rescue is a good improvement over “Planes,” which Disney released last year. The story is stronger, there are some wonderful additions to the voice talent and the 3D cinematography is well-utilized. show more
Mark Feeney Boston Globe
Ed Harris, who voices Blade Ranger, the no-nonsense helicopter who heads the fire-and-rescue operation, doesn’t lay it on too strong. Julie Bowen, as Lil’ Dipper, an air tanker, does. show more
Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Without the kindling of character development, Planes: Fire and Rescue is no smoldering success, but if Disney’s flight plan is to share Pixar’s airspace, it’s getting warmer. show more
Susan Wloszczyna RogerEbert.com
Surprise, surprise. This "Planes" quickly grounds itself with a story that at least offers an emotional hook (if not ladder) that most adults and even kids can appreciate. show more
Having adults , or worse, adults who have never had children, review kids movies misses the whole concept of kids movies.
Having adults , or worse, adults who have never had children misses the whole concept of kids movies.
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