Lightyear, Pixar’s latest film, opens in theaters this weekend and tries to examine the origins of iconic Toy Story figure Buzz Lightyear.
This film is the sci-fi extravaganza that inspired Andy’s toy in the first place, and its creators refer to it as “Andy’s Star Wars.” The similarities to Toy Story are obvious, but Lightyear isn’t receiving the same critical acclaim as its franchise predecessors.
So far, Lightyear has garnered mainly good reviews, albeit not quite as positive as the other four Toy Story films.
As of Tuesday evening, Lightyear holds an 82% score on review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes. That’s a great score by most standards, but it looks a little worse when you compare it to Toy Story. The first two Toy Story films have perfect 100% scores on Rotten Tomatoes, meaning every single logged review for them was positive. Toy Story 3 sits at 98% on the site while Toy Story 4 has a 97% score.
Lightyear may not have a score as high as the other Toy Story movies, but it still carries on the tradition of acclaimed outings from Pixar. Cars 2, released more than a decade ago, is the only film in Pixar’s history to receive the negative “Rotten” designation on Rotten Tomatoes, scoring a meager 39%.