INSIDE OUT 2 Reviews Promise A Sequel (Nearly) As Good As Its Predecessor; Rotten Tomatoes Score Revealed

INSIDE OUT 2 Reviews Promise A Sequel (Nearly) As Good As Its Predecessor; Rotten Tomatoes Score Revealed

The first wave of reviews are in for Inside Out 2, but does Pixar's latest sequel manage to live up to the lofty heights set by its 2015 predecessor? You can check out a roundup of verdicts right here...

By JoshWilding - Jun 13, 2024 08:06 AM EST
Filed Under: Disney

There was a time when Pixar could do no wrong. As a result, everyone was shocked when Toy Story spin-off Lightyear underperformed, though that did come after former Disney CEO Bob Chapek made the controversial decision to dump titles like Luca, Soul, and Turning Red on Disney+ during the pandemic.

Elemental struggled at the box office last year (even if it managed to shake off "flop" status once its theatrical run concluded) and all eyes are on Inside Out 2 to now "save" Pixar. 

The sequel is currently eyeing a $135 million global debut and early reviews could help it exceed expectations at the box office.

As we write this, the Inside Out follow-up sits at 92% on Rotten Tomatoes with 114 reviews counted. According to the Critics Consensus, "Spicing things up with the wrinkle of teenage angst, Inside Out 2 clears the head and warms the heart by living up to its predecessor's emotional intelligence."

While 2015's Inside Out's shadow looms large over this sequel, it still sounds like a worthy successor and a movie which should be well worth watching on the big screen this weekend. 

Have a read through some reviews for Inside Out 2 below along with that initial Tomatometer reveal (via

But wanting Inside Out 2 to match the first movie was always set to be an unlikely challenge as it was such a unique concept. What the sequel does achieve is being a worthy follow-up that expands the world with brilliant tweaks to the concept, as well as delivering witty gags that simplify big ideas. [4/5] - Digital Spy

Through this decade so far, Pixar’s films have held great ideas that haven’t quite reached their full potential. This is probably its best film since Coco, and best sequel since Toy Story 3. [4/5] - Empire Online

Either way, Inside Out 2’s view of growing up has nothing in it as powerful or real as the When She Loved Me song from Toy Story 2 – but there are a lot of entertaining moments, including a great demonstration of what sulky teen sarcasm does to the tectonic plates of your emotional geology. [3/5] - The Guardian

While its chaotic new cast serves a clear purpose, Inside Out 2 is more metaphor than meaning. It explains plenty about the confusing emotions associated with puberty, often in intelligent ways, but it rarely lets them be felt or experienced, the way its predecessor did. It also fails to live up to Pixar's own high watermarks for emotionally driven tales of adolescence – movies like Luca and Turning Red – so it feels like a step down in several regards. [7/10] - IGN

It’s a story about the universal chaos of adolescence told by a studio that once prided itself on being original, but now — after suffering a little public embarrassment — shares every teenager’s mortal fear of being different. Like Riley, Pixar seems determined to forget what made it so special in the first place. Here’s hoping that 'Inside Out 3' leaves plenty of room for Regret. [C-] - IndieWire

It all takes place against an endlessly inventive backdrop of out-there imaginings of the inner workings of a young girl’s mind, rich in colour, texture and a steady stream of sight gags. Not that you have to be 13 and female to identify with the perils of this particular evolving personality, and if you can’t find something that speaks to your own experiences, as either a kid or a parent, you probably need your own head examined. [4/5] - Radio Times

Pixar has rightfully taken knocks for sequels and prequels that don’t hold up to the beloved originals. Recent films like 'Turning Red,' 'Luca' and 'Soul' have the novel spark that's missing from, say, 'Monsters University,' 'Cars 3' and 'Lightyear.' But 'Inside Out 2' is one of the better revisits in the studio’s history because of how well it knows its audience. [3.5/5] - USA Today

'Inside Out 2' marks a triumphant creative return for Pixar, bringing off the thing that this studio, at its best, has done better than anyone: finding the sweet spot that merges the gaze of children and adults. The movie is really about the micro choices we all make to sculpt our personalities. - Variety

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Origame - 6/13/2024, 8:56 AM
Not gonna lie, I got used to seeing two red words in the titles as being red band. So I was like "inside out 2 has a red band trailer? What kind of movie is this"?
TheRedLeader - 6/13/2024, 9:03 AM
I’ll be there this weekend.
HermanM - 6/13/2024, 9:07 AM
One of the worst PIXAR films. Amazed it got a sequel, yet no A Bug's Life 2 or Ratatouille 2.
bobevanz - 6/13/2024, 9:12 AM
So they have two original movies lined up as well, I think they'll be fine
marvel72 - 6/13/2024, 9:27 AM
Yeah I didn't think much of the first movie.

Toy Story movies
Monsters Inc movies
The Incredibles
A Bugs Life

All better if you ask me.
SheepishOne - 6/13/2024, 10:26 AM
Y’all are out of your minds if you didn’t like the original. Personally, I thought it was a masterpiece.

To each their own, I guess.
marvel72 - 6/13/2024, 11:18 AM
@SheepishOne - It was OK nothing special, the movies I listed above are better, I would even add Up as well.
Izaizaiza - 6/13/2024, 10:32 AM
First one was great. Looking forward to taking the kids to this!
MrDandy - 6/13/2024, 10:51 AM
I really enjoyed the first one. I’ll catch this one this weekend.
Spoken - 6/13/2024, 10:52 AM
Loved the first one, I'll take my four year old to see it.
MyCoolYoung - 6/13/2024, 11:09 AM
Recently watched the first one for the first time, it was a good movie. I never really understood this whole Pixar is doomed stuff. They've been releasing movies me and my children enjoy consistently. Elemental was a good movie amd everyone around here told me it wasn't

I hope inside out 2 is as good as the first and does well at the box office
Apophis71 - 6/13/2024, 5:27 PM
@MyCoolYoung - I've liked well enough almost everything they've made, having kids means interested or not I was forced to watch almost all of them and my eldest still hasn't grown out of them at 25.

Think there was only one I was bored watching and a fair amount I loved and almost all of it turned a profit bar maybe the couple that went straight to stream during Covid so, yeh, think in here they have this weird view on stuff that turns a big profit on a $400M BO for kids (as oft been a budget less than $60M) cos of blockbusters that make a loss due to bloated budgets meaning $600M would not reach break even.
MyCoolYoung - 6/13/2024, 7:47 PM
@Apophis71 - interesting you said that. I seen something on twitter that said marvel has everyone believing if you don’t make a billion your movie underperformed. I can’t speak to the validity of this because I didn’t look at box office numbers until I came around here so my frame of reference is bad
Apophis71 - 6/14/2024, 5:25 AM
@MyCoolYoung - Pixar have had around 30 films, not counting the couple that went to streaming and a couple others with limited release/mostly online due to COVID, I checked last night and maybe two didn't make over 2.5 times budget and in both cases was cos they were more around the $200M budget point and didn't make the more typical $500M plus WWBO...

Lightyear was a big flop but Elemental turned a profit for instance of the more recent higher budget films and even films viewed less favourably like Monsters university and Cars 3 turning a profit.but a lot will be looking at the bunch released during the COVID window too and a tad unfairly considering the decisions to go straight to streaming sans or with minimal theatre release as flops too.

Although I was wrong on the bulk of their budgets as recalled back when they were making films like Toy Story thru Cars when the budgets were all down well below $100M (outside of Monsters Inc where they put a ton into software development to advance the abilities of animating stuff like fur/hair). I hadn't realised how most there budgets had bloated to closer to $200M after they had gone from just working in partnership with Disney to being fully under Disney.

All of that said, the total budget for everything they have made is around four billion ($160M ave) and total WWBO $15.4B so although there were those COVID related issues and HUGE mistakes with something like Lightyear overall they have mostly been hits with a very good success rate and an overall decent profit margin.
MyCoolYoung - 6/14/2024, 6:50 PM
@Apophis71 - im not against Disney like most people here, but man I hope they scale back some of these budgets. Feels like we’re getting infinity war level budges for winter soldier level movies

As you pointed out though, Pixar is doing fine and inside out looks like it’s following in the steps of some of the other successful films
Apophis71 - 6/14/2024, 7:03 PM
@MyCoolYoung - Things keep going the way they are with the general BO they all need to scale back budgets, not that I ever trust they are accurate cos wouldn't put it past them to funnel costs from other depts like the theme parks to cash in on more tax rebates through inflated numbers.
MyCoolYoung - 6/15/2024, 8:22 PM
@Apophis71 - can’t lie, Apo, you’re a smart cookie. Are truly new around here or did you have a different account?
Apophis71 - 6/15/2024, 8:48 PM
@MyCoolYoung - Yes, I did, but had to take a few months break so deleted my old one (never use alts) been here over 10yrs and was reading only long before that since before the MCU even started.

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