Pixar is a movie studio that needs no introduction. In its comparatively short 26-year history, the animation giant has churned out an astounding number of smash hits. In the process, it’s also changed the entire landscape of family entertainment by redefining the possibilities of computer animation and storytelling in general. To date, even the studio’s worst efforts achieve the kind of box office numbers and reviews that other films only dream of. Nevertheless, not all of Pixar’s movies are created equal.
It seems that for every “Toy Story” and “Finding Nemo,” there’s a movie like “The Good Dinosaur” or “Cars 2.” The December 2020 release of “Soul” (co-created by Pixar veteran Pete Docter) catapulted the movie to the status of an instant classic, while the March 2020 release of “Onward” left many cold.
Still, Pixar has had more wins than losses. The studio has put out several truly iconic releases, which opened to universal acclaim and are now considered modern masterpieces by critics and audiences alike. The “Toy Story” franchise alone remains a masterclass in computer-animated filmmaking. And that’s just one of the studio’s many successful properties.
To celebrate the studio and its epoch-making oeuvre, Stacker ranked every Pixar film according to its critical reception as of March 2021, as represented by its Metascore. Ties were broken by IMDb user ratings. There’s a surprise or two in terms of rankings, and #1 isn’t necessarily what the average moviegoer might expect. From worst to first, here are the best Pixar films according to critics.
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