While not as visually dazzling as its predecessor, the film is still colorful and immersive; the script, while predictable, puts an engaging spin on the issues of home and identity.
It's gorgeous. It's lively. It's got terrific performances from a strong voice cast. It's emotionally affecting without being heavy-handed.
Dory's visual palette is such a joy to look at, drawing on the deep blues and greens of the underwater expanse and ocean-dwelling algae.
Finding Dory is enjoyable in its own right, even if its powerful sense of d�j� vu keeps it from approaching the pinnacle of the Disney/Pixar collaborations.
There are some rollicky moments in Finding Dory... [But] the inventiveness of the animation is not matched by the frayed workmanship of the story line.
It's a sequel that's a continuation of the original film rather than an expansion of it, and it is still a success, though not a triumph.
A sequel that betters the boffo 2003 animated feature Finding Nemo and provides more evidence, after last year's highly original Inside Out, that Pixar has finally emerged from the uninspiring years of the Cars franchise.
The film is often visually striking and charming enough, but it's low on two things we've come to expect from Pixar: comedy and moving emotional moments.
It's a solid, entertaining, well-paced sequel featuring terrific voice work, a clever script and some ingenious action sequences.