Planes: Fire And Rescue Reviews

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August 1, 2014
Not much magic, but an appreciable level of polish.
July 29, 2014
Displaying a weird lack of memorable or endearing characters, this animated effort feels like a direct-to-video job from the 1990s.
July 18, 2014
Vivid and folksy, Fire & Rescue nicely exceeds expectations dampened by last summer's stalled-out Planes.
July 18, 2014
It is, in almost all respects, a better movie. It's still not particularly good, though.
July 18, 2014
The meek action plays to the under-10 crowd, but the groaner puns will play only to masochists. Meanwhile, the 3-D ticket upcharge here is a big ripoff - the extra dimension is unnecessary.
July 18, 2014
The same lame puns wedged into a succession of situations, rather than a story.
July 18, 2014
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.
July 17, 2014
As it is in the merchandising aisle, so it is on the big screen: "Planes: Fire and Rescue" is precisely long, competent, and entertaining enough to be sold, and sold well.
July 17, 2014
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.
July 17, 2014
In 3-D, the firefighting scenes are visually striking - with plumes of smoke and chemical dust - though the backgrounds, like other aspects of the film, lack dimension.
July 17, 2014
For the most part, Planes: Fire & Rescue is more about chuckles than big guffaws, coupled with thrilling 3-D flight and firefighting action scenes and lessons about friendship, respect and loyalty.
July 17, 2014
What this Disney feature lacks in the title department it makes up for with fluid visuals and fast-moving action of the, yes, firefighting variety.
July 17, 2014
Most DisneyToons releases are direct-to-video. That lowly status shows here in the pokey storytelling, dreadful score, and generally tired comedy.
July 17, 2014
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.
July 17, 2014
It's not a poor movie. But it's definitely a better movie for the kids.
July 17, 2014
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.
Top Critic
July 17, 2014
It's nice to look at, easy to watch, and impossible to remember for the length of a car-ride home.
July 17, 2014
Canny references to '70s television and some genuinely funny moments will give grown-ups enough fuel to cross the finish line.
July 17, 2014
It's generic stuff, unless you're a kid who's really into playing with toy planes and trains and cars.
July 17, 2014
Disney's "Planes: Fire & Rescue" isn't half bad. Kids should enjoy it and their parents won't be bored.
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