Credit where credit is due: this gets a bajillion stars for visual deliciousness.
While there are moments of wit and charm, the story itself is forgettable. Arguably, Pixar's greatest strength has always been compelling and meaningful storytelling so it's disappointing to see such a gorgeously rendered film lack an equally (or even just MORE) visceral plot. I'm glad I watched it (and paid to see it in theaters) but it's not one I feel an urgent desire to revisit.
One of my favorite films of the year. Reminds me a lot of SUNSHINE and THE GREY in that you don't expect much going into it and then are pleasantly surprised by how great it is...definitely recommend.
Also, pretty interesting how this film was essentially blackballed in the U.S. because of a conflict between the studio and the director (in case you're wondering why the very limited release/lack of promotion despite the high profile cast) and is STILL managing to make money--because it's good and, you know, word of mouth...