Where does Lightyear 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 Lightyear

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

Ashley Saunders

Banana Meter Rating: 100%

Lightyear is Pixar at its best, a perfect blend of action, humor, and heartwarming moments topped with incredible visuals. Not only that, but Chris Evans once again steps into the boots of a man out of time and delivers a stellar performance.

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Brayan de Jesus Rivera

Banana Meter Rating: 75%

Lightyear is enjoyable and visually stunning. Sox, the robotic cat, is one of Pixar’s best and funniest characters. Overall, the film lacks the emotional complexity that distinguishes Pixar, but it still a fun Star Wars like adventure for all ages.

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Brian Skutle

Banana Meter Rating: 73%

There’s visual pop in this adventure with our favorite Space Ranger, as well a hilarious breakout character in Sox. But the film’s meta concept of being a “fake movie” gets in the way of being a real one.

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Don Shanahan

Banana Meter Rating: 80%

Even with the usual Pixar penchant for a sprint-to-a-finish plot of swerves and MacGuffins, the story editors and screenwriters of Lightyear have gilded this otherworldly swashbuckler to be about the polarity of thought and talk.

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Hector Gonzalez

Banana Meter Rating: 70%

Lightyear takes inspiration from the space exploration pictures of the 70s and 80s to craft a colorfully animated yet narratively faulty romp of the famed space ranger.

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Juan Mojica

Banana Meter Rating: 100%

Lightyear truly goes to Infinity & Beyond as it’s a visually stunning space adventure that makes you believe in the magic of movies again.

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Nick Lapolla

Banana Meter Rating: 70%

Lightyear has a solid if almost perfect first half, but second half short comings really hamper this story and make it middle of the road pixar.

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Matt Neglia

Banana Meter Rating: 60%

LIGHTYEAR is generally pleasing but too stuck in the past to justify its existence. Chris Evans brings new depth to Buzz & Sox is a hilarious sidekick character. The fast paced action, humor & lovable characters are all here but a middling story makes this an average Pixar effort.

Beatrice Copland

Banana Meter Rating: 80%

#Lightyear is a loving send-up to the sci-fi genre and PIXARs first feature film. Buzz and a team of not-quite-recruits take on Zurg in a story full of heart, action and laughs. Exactly the kind of movie it needs to be and a beautiful return to the big screen for the company

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Dallas King

Banana Meter Rating: 61%

Whilst not exactly soaring to infinity and beyond, this throwback to the classic sci-fi blockbusters of our childhood is enjoyable… if you can get past the logical inconsistencies with the Buzz Lightyear character and subsequent toy.

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Ruth Maramis

Banana Meter Rating: 55%

Apart from the visual and technical achievements, Lightyear‘s narrative falls way short of Pixar’s greatness. The Toy Story movies have always moved me to tears, but this one lacks genuine emotional resonance.

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Trevor Matteson

Banana Meter Rating: 60%

“Lightyear” is a fun film that provides its audience with absolutely nothing new or interesting. Featuring one-dimensional characters working their way through a series of sci-fi tropes, I really didn’t care about much of the happenings on screen. Yet, there is still a charm to the film (primarily derived from Sox and stunning visuals). So, while it’s not Pixar at their most thoughtful, I wouldn’t hate re-watching “Lightyear”. And I think that’s a win for a film that could have turned out far worse.

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One thought on “Where does Lightyear land on the Banana Meter?

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