colin...’s review published on Letterboxd:
This is one of the most split Pixar movies that I've seen in a while.
On one hand, the company has started to find a way to transfer it's newfound intimacy that it has recently acquired with projects like Luca and Turning Red into a more grand project. There's still that level of personal relatability to the characters and story without the story being a slice of life, and I think that's awesome.
On the other hand, it's a sequel/prequel, which Pixar is notoriously bad at handling. And once again, it's not great here, to the point where there's simply no reason for this to even be a movie. There aren't any stakes, the twists are as basic as they get and I just low key didn't care at all.
It's a fun experience for families, and that's about all Lightyear amounts to.