Where does Pixar’s Turning Red land on the Banana Meter?

Hello and welcome to another weekend of the Banana Meter! For those not aware of how this works, let me explain it to you. First, our critics check out a film. Then, they rate it on our scale of 0-100%, we gather the percentage from all of your critics and that’s how we get our rating on the Banana Meter.

What is the Banana Meter scale, you ask? 

When a film hits above 85% or higher from our critics, it means it hit Bonafide Bananas status.
When a film hits between 55-84% or higher from our critics, it means it hit Ripe status.
When the film hits under 55%, it means it hit Sour Status.

Our next film to hit the Banana Meter is Turning Red

Here is what our Ripe Banana Critics are saying about the film:

Alessandra Rangel

Banana Meter Rating: 80%

Even if the third act falters by taking to extreme dimensions the family mess, it also works as the perfect way to convey the main message of the film: even with our annoying and inconvenient flaws, people who love us will accept us just as we are. Turning Red is a triumphant celebration of the exhausting process of self-discovery.

Adriano Caporusso

Banana Meter Rating: 85%

Turning Red is a painfully relatable and awkward story of puberty and self-identity. Not necessarily Pixars best but quite possibly the most mature.

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Peggy Marie

Banana Meter Rating: 75%

For the most part Turning Red hit my heart in all the right places. It reaches across not just cultural boundaries not usually seen, but just what being a young girl that is different and what true friendship is all about

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Thomasena Farrar

Banana Meter Rating: 85%

“Turning Red” is a relatable, family gem that delivers on capturing the chaotic nature and pressures of adolescence while being extremely humorous and entertaining. I’m certainly keeping this one in the streaming queue.

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Josie Melendez

Banana Meter Rating: 72%

Turning Red is pure chaotic fun. It is Pixar at its most unconventional yet its realest. I really wish I’d had this when I was growing up.

Keith Noakes

Banana Meter Rating: 95%

Turning Red delivers a beautiful emotional and grounded coming-of-age story full of laughs and heart boosted by Rosalie Chiang and Sandra Oh.

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Jasmine Waters

Banana Meter Rating: 100%

Turning Red beautifully orchestrates teenage independence, strong female friendships and the reality of parental pressure into a joyous watch that’s universally relatable. In a world where girls aren’t afraid to be smart, entrepreneurial or different, the continuing struggle to be your own person is ideally packaged for a new generation.

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Ashley Saunders

Banana Meter Rating: 95%

Turning Red is a fun and emotional love letter to our teen years. Mixing anime and Pixar stylings together, Director Domee Shi and her team have created a unique and ambitious Pixar offering that captures the complexities of growing up.

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Jack Lautaret

Banana Meter Rating: 82%

Turning Red is a charming coming-of-age story that is carried by stunning animation, nice performances and a really powerful mother/daughter story at the core. I have a few issues with the script and characters but overall left with a smile on my face. A film that might not work for everyone, but for me I really enjoyed what they were going for specifically in the story.

Amanda Guarragi

Banana Meter Rating: 75%

This movie is so very personal to me and it’s not only because it is set in Toronto. It is a movie that will resonate with three generations of women and it will present a different lens to view motherhood and adolescence. This animated feature has such a high-level energy that it will have you smiling from ear to ear.

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Don Shanahan

Banana Meter Rating: 80%

“Turning Red” allows young characters with literal and figurative inner beasts true beauty amid all of their messy exterior and interior traits. The temporary flaws that attract public shame evolve into traits of celebrated strength in this movie, which makes for a heartwarming victory of confidence and maturity.

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Renato Vieira

Banana Meter Rating: 65%

A charming, wildly off-beat coming-of-age that is unique as it is awkward, with classic vibrant Pixar flare & style as well as substance. The metaphors are so obvious and blatant, they can sometimes get in the way of the story, instead of fully blending in.

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Abe Friedtanzer

Banana Meter Rating: 87%

Turning Red is a feature-length expansion on the idea of the mother-daughter relationship, one that, like other Pixar movies have highlighted cultures that aren’t as often represented, serves as a wonderful ode to the Chinese Canadian community

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Willem Louw

Banana Meter Rating: 81%

Turning Red does a great job of representing the vibrancy and diversity of Toronto, something that will excite so many Canadian viewers when they see the iconic city represented. It does a brilliant job of showing the growing pains of early teenhood and testing out that newly found independence.

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James Y. Lee

Banana Meter Rating: 74%

Domee Shi’s parallel-metaphor portrayal of puberty and teenage rebelliousness in the context of Chinese-Canadian culture makes for one of the most entertaining Pixar movies in years, and also close to one of their most emotionally resonant, even if it might not be as visually engaging as previous Pixar outings such as Soul or Toy Story 4. Very few films approach complicated mother-daughter relationships with the warm, nuanced compassion they deserve, nor do they ground them in Chinese culture so thoroughly, but what makes Turning Red so special is how it manages to successfully accomplish both.

Alex Madden

Banana Meter Rating: 90%

This will be very relatable– whether you are male or female– for people of my generation and felt like a trip down memory lane in many parts. Funny while also providing the social commentary necessary to propel the story forward, Turning Red is by far Pixar’s most unique film in a few years. I wish it was released in theaters.

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