Congratulations to Tyler Petty, Winner of the “Up” Review Contest!

It was a tough decision.

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.

Thanks, all, for contributing! Tyler, email me your address. I’ll get the poster out to you within the next week.

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.

  • Adolfo Rodriguez

    Thanks for doing this, Jeffrey! It was honor just to be nominated? ;)