I liked certain aspects of all three reviews that were submitted, but after some arguing with myself, I decided that Tyler Petty’s review scored the most points with me. I liked his focus on how the film measures up to other family films; how its plot continues to explore themes that were considered in other Pixar films; his willingness to debate Manohla Dargis (I happen to agree with him); and I liked the personal touch.
But really, the contest wasn’t about whether I *agreed*. I happen to agree with most of what these reviewers said. (Sometime this summer, I’ll post my own full review.) It was about presenting a thoughtful, “whole-package” review. And that’s where it became a tough decision. While I’m grateful for the other perspectives, Petty’s felt most complete to me.