Incredibles 2 comes to theaters this Friday with a level of expectations that rarely exists for an animated film. The newest Pixar film can’t just be good, it needs to be undeniably great. Why? Because the original Incredibles is widely considered one of the best animated movies ever made — it even won an Oscar in 2004 — which means that to justify its existence, Incredibles 2 needs to have a similar impact.
Fortunately, so far, Incredibles 2 seems to be up to the challenge, as it is currently enjoying a 97 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Here is what the reviews are saying about the upcoming superhero flick.
Critics have offered nearly universal praise of the film, noting that the sequel manages to live up to the hype bestowed upon it because of the original’s iconic reputation. Peter Travers of The Rolling Stone said that, despite the 14-year wait, Incredibles 2 is the perfect sequel that kids and adults will love. Travers wrote:
“[T]his follow-up is every bit the start-to-finish sensation as the original, and you’ll be happy to know that Bird’s subversive spirit is alive and thriving. The kiddies probably won’t notice – they’ll be too distracted by all the whooshing derring-do – but like its Oscar-winning predecessor, Incredibles 2 doesn’t ring cartoonish. It rings true.”
Critics also praised Incredibles 2 for its nuanced approach to the difficulty and joy of raising kids, with Nick Schager of The Daily Beast referring to the film as “An Action-Packed Ode to Parenting in the Age of Technology.” Schager spoke further about the topic in his review, writing:
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