Toy Story 4

Critics Consensus

Heartwarming, funny, and beautifully animated, Toy Story 4 manages the unlikely feat of extending -- and perhaps concluding -- a practically perfect animated saga.



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Audience Score

Verified Ratings: 53,025
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Woody (voice of Tom Hanks) has always been confident about his place in the world, and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that's Andy or Bonnie. So when Bonnie's beloved new craft-project-turned-toy, Forky (voice of Tony Hale), declares himself as "trash" and not a toy, Woody takes it upon himself to show Forky why he should embrace being a toy. But when Bonnie takes the whole gang on her family's road trip excursion, Woody ends up on an unexpected detour that includes a reunion with his long-lost friend Bo Peep (voice of Annie Potts). After years of being on her own, Bo's adventurous spirit and life on the road belie her delicate porcelain exterior. As Woody and Bo realize they're worlds apart when it comes to life as a toy, they soon come to find that's the least of their worries.

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Tom Hanks
as Woody
Tim Allen
as Buzz Lightyear
Annie Potts
as Bo Peep
Tony Hale
as Forky
Keanu Reeves
as Duke Caboom
Ally Maki
as Giggle McDimples
Jay Hernandez
as Bonnie's Dad
Lori Alan
as Bonnie's Mom
Blake Clark
as Slinky Dog
Don Rickles
as Mr. Potato Head
Jeff Garlin
as Buttercup
Estelle Harris
as Mrs. Potato Head
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Critic Reviews for Toy Story 4

All Critics (400) | Top Critics (46) | Fresh (389) | Rotten (11)

  • Why the need for Part 4? There are new characters to merchandise!

    Jul 9, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Cooley's film quickens and deepens...

    Jun 23, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Toy Story 4 is so good it's criminal. The legislation it flouts is the law of diminishing returns which governs movies with numbers after their names.

    Jun 23, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • The latest installment, "Toy Story 4," is perhaps the bleakest (and most beautiful) of them all.

    Jun 22, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • It doesn't put you through the emotional wringer the way its predecessor did, but it's consistently inventive, funny, witty, and heartfelt. In other words, it's a lot better than it has any right to be. It's more than good enough to justify its existence.

    Jun 21, 2019 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • Finding your purpose, embracing your destiny and accepting your mortality are mature themes for a children's film, but "Toy Story 4" handles them nimbly while still managing to be a colorful family adventure.

    Jun 21, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Toy Story 4

  • Aug 02, 2019
    It was funny, touching and charming and I enjoyed it. That said, I still felt it wasn't needed to add a fourth chapter. I have a feeling this is really the end and if so it ended on the right note. DIsney has does and will always know how to pull your heart strings.
    Christopher O Super Reviewer
  • Jul 08, 2019
    I was blown away by Toy Story 4 - amazed by the creativity and depth of the storytelling, and the brilliance of the animation. It's simply beautiful and must not be missed. I can't think of a better conclusion to Woody's story arc, which is deeply moving. It's funny yet scary, childlike yet philosophical, light yet deep -- all at the same time. You can't help but emphathize with the existential crisis of a toy - one day beloved, next day trash and start questioning your purpose of life! Brilliantly told and executed, thanks also to having a great cast of voice actors, including Tom Hanks. Seriously, WOW! Please, Disney. Start working on Toy Story 5. And make sure it's the same scriptwriters. Love them to bits.
    Chrisanne C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 02, 2019
    GABBY GABBY HEY - My Review of TOY STORY 4 (4 Stars) Sometimes a film concept reeks of studio development people sitting around a room using such industry lingo as "What are the stakes?" or "We really need to lean into the diversity aspects of this story". With Toy Story 4, directed by Josh Cooley, who co-wrote Inside Out, you can almost hear the suits asking, "This time, could the toys have more agency?" Well, despite my having an instinct for how the sausage was made, this film is as wonderful and joyous as its predecessors, and it's also hauntingly scary at times. When we meet up with Woody (national treasure Tom Hanks), Buzz (Tim Allen) and company, little Bonnie keeps all the toys in her room as she prepares for her first day at school. Woody hardly gets played with anymore, but he only wishes to please his owner, who one day comes home from class with a spork she rigged with pipe cleaners, popsicle sticks and eyeballs to form a toy named Forky (Veep's Tony Hale). Forky, however, thinks he's trash and quicker than you can say existential crisis, he constantly hurls himself into garbage pales. Bonnie's parents decide to take everyone on a road trip, which goes haywire when Forky jumps out the RV window to say, "Goodbye cruel world!" Forky makes a great nihilistic anarchist! Sidetracked, Woody chases Forky down in an antique shop, which leads to a series of adventures for our toys and causes them to question their place in the world. In the past, they lived for their children, but after three films, it's time to change things up and give the toys the aforementioned "agency". In the store, Woody reunites with Bo Peep (Annie Potts), who leaves the nest at the beginning of the film. It's here they encounter some of the best creations I've seen in this franchise with Gabby Gabby (eerily and perfectly voiced by Christina Hendricks) leading the pack. She's an old fashioned classic doll straight out of the 1950s, and her good cheer and kind round eyes belie something altogether sinister. She's pushed around in her baby carriage by a series of ventriloquist dummies whose frightening stare and noteworthy shuffle will give me nightmares for years to come. Let's just say that Annabelle has nothing on this group. Gabby Gabby wants something from Woody, and it becomes increasingly clear that she always gets her way. I won't spoil the rest of the story, because it's so much fun to get caught up in and enjoy. I loved the new characters such as a Canadian daredevil named Duke Caboom (Keanu Reeves), as well as Bunny and Ducky (Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key), a hilarious pair of carnival toys who can't wait to escape their fate of hanging on a game board wall. I also loved Giggle McDimples (Ally Maki), who has a loud voice for such a tiny package. Some of the returning characters, unfortunately, get a little lost in the shuffle, such as Joan Cusack's beloved Jessie. Bo Peep seems to dominate in the strong woman department here, and it's a shame, because, like Tom Hanks, I consider Cusack to be a national treasure too! Buzz doesn't truly emerge until about the halfway point, but his inner voices storyline proves delightful and on theme with this story's desire to give the toys a bigger role in their own fates. Unlike the epic Toy Story 3, this installment harkens back to the first one with its much simpler structure and humble narrative. It gets frenetic in the last act, which seems par for the course for any studio film, but it retains its heart and purity throughout. I'll admit to crying towards the end, which I've done with the other three, because these films act as Boomer/Gen X Nostalgia Generators. We watch these films with fond memories of toys with pull string voice boxes and revel in their simple beauty. The shine on the porcelain doll faces alone gave me the feels. The animation here thrills. I've always loved the concept of toys coming to life when their owners aren't present and falling limp when they are. The original trilogy felt like a complete set, exploring a world of subservient toys. Toy Story 4, thankfully, doesn't phone it in and actually has a reason to exist. Many of the toys make tough choices and play a role in choosing their own adventures. If it ended here, it would complete an immensely satisfying series, but I'd be kidding myself if I said I wouldn't want to see Gabby Gabby and her dummies in a children's horror spinoff!
    Glenn G Super Reviewer
  • Jun 25, 2019
    Part 3 felt like the logical ending to the series, yet here we are. And the continuation of the story does not seem far-fetched or forced, after a few minutes you're glad to be back with the crew. The series already covered the theme of the lost friend who has to be found a couple of times, yet things still feel fresh enough thanks to a few variations, a smart and sweet script, interesting new characters and plenty of unseen toys. The balance of humor and heart still works perfectly, the action sequences are fun and spectacular as always. Only people afraid of ventriloquist dummies might wanna skip this one.
    Jens S Super Reviewer

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