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Every Pixar movie ranked, according to its Rotten Tomatoes score

Published Jul 4th, 2023 6:20PM EDT
Image: Disney Pixar

As a longtime Pixar fan, I had hoped that the recent release of the studio’s 27th feature film, Elemental, might cause me to reshuffle the titles at the top of my personal all-time Pixar ranking — but, alas, no such luck. My top three Pixar movies remain, I suppose for the foreseeable future, the following: 2008’s Wall-E, followed by 2017’s Coco, and 1999’s Toy Story 2 (in descending order).

Graded purely on a visual basis, the jaw-dropping art in both Wall-E and Coco actually makes for a super-tight spread between the #1 and #2 spots for me. Even so, I’m keeping Wall-E at the top of my list for the time being. Your Pixar favorites, meanwhile, are no doubt different than mine — and are different, still, from the current Rotten Tomatoes rankings of each of the beloved studio’s animated gems. This is another interesting categorization to take a moment to consider, now that we’re in a brief fallow period between the release of Pixar’s newest film and future content still to come.

Rotten Tomatoes Pixar ranking, led by Toy Story 2

As for how Pixar’s existing movies stack up, here’s where they all stand at the moment based on Rotten Tomatoes “Tomatometer” (which reflects the percentage of positive reviews from professional critics):

  1. Toy Story 2 (100%)
  2. Toy Story (100%)
  3. Finding Nemo (99%)
  4. Inside Out (98%)
  5. Toy Story 3 (98%)
  6. Up (98%)
  7. Toy Story 4 (97%)
  8. Coco (97%)
  9. The Incredibles (97%)
  10. Ratatouille (96%)
  11. Monsters, Inc. (96%)
  12. Soul (95%)
  13. Wall-E (95%)
  14. Finding Dory (94%)
  15. Turning Red (95%)
  16. Incredibles 2 (93%)
  17. A Bug’s Life (92%)
  18. Luca (91%)
  19. Onward (88%)
  20. Monsters University (80%)
  21. Brave (79%)
  22. The Good Dinosaur (75%)
  23. Cars (75%)
  24. Elemental (76%)
  25. Lightyear (74%)
  26. Cars 3 (68%)
  27. Cars 2 (40%)

Still to come

It’s obviously a shame, as you can tell from the list above, that some of the most recent content from Pixar ranks among its worst-reviewed. It should be noted that while many critics panned Elemental, however, it’s gotten a very different reception from the general public.

The movie’s Rotten Tomatoes audience score currently stands at 92%, based on more than 2,500 user ratings (compared to 206 professional reviews).

As for what’s next? Pixar’s next scheduled movie is Elio, set for a March 2024 release. The studio’s first-ever TV series is also coming soon (Win or Lose, about a middle-school softball team, debuts on Disney+ in December). Another unannounced TV series is also reportedly in the works, not to mention all the Pixar shorts for Disney’s streaming service

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