Toy Story 3Little Andy from 'Toy Story' must be married with children by now, right? Not quite, but he's heading off to college and there's no room in his dorm for Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the gang. 'Toy Story 3' opens Friday and Pixar's latest follows Andy's toys as they journey from his bedroom to a day care center.

Tom Hanks and Tim Allen are back, voicing Woody and Buzz respectively, and Ned Beatty joins the toy parade, presiding over Sunnyside Daycare's hand-me-down toys as a wily bear named Lotso. New friends are made in these new surroundings; most notably, Barbie finally finds Ken, still chiseled and fashion-challenged (and voiced by Michael Keaton).

Interestingly enough, Woody's competition for this weekend's box office is another cowboy, 'Jonah Hex', but that scarred gunslinger's adventures are decidedly PG-13.

Expectations are high for 'Toy Story 3', given the stellar cast, a screenplay written by Oscar-winner Michael Arndt ('Little Miss Sunshine') and Pixar being Pixar. What's more, this outing is in glorious 3D. Were the critics tickled by the toys this time out? Let's take a look. Toy Story 3Little Andy from 'Toy Story' must be married with children by now, right? Not quite, but he's heading off to college and there's no room in his dorm for Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the gang. 'Toy Story 3' opens Friday and Pixar's latest follows Andy's toys as they journey from his bedroom to a day care center.

Tom Hanks and Tim Allen are back, voicing Woody and Buzz respectively, and Ned Beatty joins the toy parade, presiding over Sunnyside Daycare's hand-me-down toys as a wily bear named Lotso. New friends are made in these new surroundings; most notably, Barbie finally finds Ken, still chiseled and fashion-challenged (and voiced by Michael Keaton).

Interestingly enough, Woody's competition for this weekend's box office is another cowboy, 'Jonah Hex', but that scarred gunslinger's adventures are decidedly PG-13.

Expectations are high for 'Toy Story 3', given the stellar cast, a screenplay written by Oscar-winner Michael Arndt ('Little Miss Sunshine') and Pixar being Pixar. What's more, this outing is in glorious 3D. Were the critics tickled by the toys this time out? Let's take a look.

The Hollywood Reporter: "'Toy Story 3' might not carry that eye-popping dazzle of 1995's milestone original that put Pixar on the map, but, in the absence of groundbreaking innovation, there's a greater depth that isn't solely attributable to those now-ubiquitous goofy glasses."

Todd McCarthy's Deep Focus: "Without spoiling anything, great fun emanates from Buzz switching modes of operation at key points, and some of Lotso's minions, notably a stretchy octopus and a hideous percussionist monkey, are inspirations."

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Entertainment Weekly: "And then there's Ken -- yes, the Ken (voiced by Michael Keaton, having a ball), who's a different sort of zombie, a polyester-brained dandy who lives in a dollhouse and wishes that it were still hip to be square. Like every other toy in the film, he comes with his own hilariously specific mental universe. [ ... ] 'Toy Story 3' is a salute to the magic of making believe. Grade: A."

USA Today: "This installment, the best of the three, is everything a movie should be: hilarious, touching, exciting and clever. The voices behind Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) and the rest of the playthings contribute mightily to the character development in what is easily the summer's best movie thus far."

Village Voice: "'TS3,' like its predecessors, is a clever, engrossing adventure, and, like any sequel, it tries to balance continuity with novelty, the latter provided by a cadre of shiny new characters (led by a plush-toy improv troupe) in superfluous 3D. Pixar has always wedded technological innovation to classic storytelling, and despite some unwelcome steps toward snarky Shrekification, this latest film still manages to bull's-eye the primal emotions that resonate with children of all ages."
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