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If you were sitting on your high horse and rolling your eyes at the idea of yet another Toy Story sequel, you might want to take a minute to check your preconceptions. The reviews of Pixar’s fourth installment of the talking toy saga are in and, we’re hyped to reveal, they’re all fantastic.

In fact, the Toy Story 4 reviews are so good that the film is currently sitting on a fresher-than-fresh 100 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. That’s a pretty incredible stamp of approval, especially for a sequel.

What’s more, every aspect of the movie seems to have been applauded in the reviews, from the visuals and dialogue to the character development to the punch-you-in-the-feels moments we all want from a good Pixar movie. Revisit the Toy Story 4 trailer below and then keep scrolling for our roundup of the critics’ reactions.

The film is magic

“Any fears that the further Disneyfication of Pixar would result in the diminution of the latter’s foundational franchise are put to rest at once in Toy Story 4, an entirely wonderful continuation of the series that 24 years ago launched an era in the annals of animation. It’s been nearly a decade since Toy Story 3 put a satisfying capper on what seemed likely to remain a trilogy, but the same level of wit, imagination and, yes, magic has been summoned to create yet another fully worthy sibling.”

Todd McCarthy / The Hollywood Reporter

The toys get woke

Toy Story 4 also joins the X-Men and the Men In Black in trying to achieve a bit more gender balance, and this is something it does with artless persuasiveness and an implication that it isn’t just the kids who are growing up, it’s the toys themselves. I’m happy to see it happen. Toy Story 4 isn’t at all bad. But it’s time to let go.”

Peter Bradshaw / The Guardian

It’ll hit you in the feels

“It will send you out of the theater laughing, crying, and thinking all at once, an appropriate mix of responses for what I hope, out of love, will be our last minutes with a franchise that’s given us so much.”

Dana Stevens / Slate

“This may not always feel like classic Toy Story, but perhaps that’s the point. If the last film gave us the happy ending of a cycle starting all over again — Woody and the gang ready to love and be loved by another new child — this one asks if that cycle is truly all there is. Toy Story 4‘s purpose, in the end, is to help you find yours.”

Angie Han / Mashable

Long live Forky

“Forky alone is enough to elevate this potential cash-grab into the beautiful and hilarious coda that its long-running series needed to be truly complete. Forky is the hero we need in 2019.”

David Ehrlich / IndieWire

“The film is about [Woody] arriving at new insights about this immortality as he reflects on the creation of Forky, a plastic creature who can think and speak simply because his creator (a kindergartener) pasted him together in class… If I had to get another Toy Story, this is about as strange and beguiling an entry as I could have hoped for.”

David Sims / The Atlantic

The best note to end on

“Quite simply, if you’re a Toy Story fan and are planning to avoid Toy Story 4 because the trilogy ended so perfectly, you’ll be missing out. It’s a hilarious and heartfelt movie that reminds us we’ll always have a friend in Toy Story.”

Ian Sandwell / Digital Spy

“The Toy Story franchise really should come to a close with Toy Story 4, not just because of what happens in the story, but because it lands with such a powerful message about growth and acceptance, a theme from the first movie but repurposed and redesigned for the latest installment. It’s hard to imagine the series going out on a better note than this.”

Matt Goldberg / Collider

It’s so good, Toy Story 5 would be welcome

Toy Story 4 is visually glorious and uproariously funny. Honestly, I missed maybe 25 percent of the (narratively inessential) dialogue due to audience laughter… This sequel works both as superb stand-alone entertainment and a true story/character progression. This too feels like the logical end of the line. But after four movies this good, I see little reason not to greet the fifth one in several years with open arms.”

Scott Mendelson / Forbes

Toy Story 4 is directed by Josh Cooley and will land in theaters this Friday, June 21.

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