How to Train Your Dragon Reviews

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Josh Winning
Total Film
November 19, 2013
A soaring, roaring triumph when it comes to head-spinning visuals, How To Train Your Dragon keeps things simple.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephanie Zacharek
November 19, 2013
Toothless has the one precious ingredient that's missing from so many of Hollywood's contemporary animated characters: an air of mystery.
Perry Seibert
TV Guide's Movie Guide
November 19, 2013
On sheer visual terms, though, How to Train Your Dragon more than delivers; it's the kind of movie that will stick in the memory of kids who might want to make movies when they grow up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John Hazelton
Screen International
November 19, 2013
A fun if lightweight adventure comedy that flies highest when it's putting the studio's patented 3D technology to striking use.
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Bruce Diones
New Yorker
November 19, 2013
Smartly dispensing with the usual hubbub of pop references that dot many of these films, the movie offers touching, quiet moments and imaginative, high-flying beauty. It's fantastically entertaining.
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 26, 2013
It's a familiar story of friendship between man and beast, but it's also one that never grows old.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jeff Beck
October 1, 2012
We may have seen such a story before, several times before actually, but somehow the creative team behind this film still manages to make it feel fresh, while keeping us engaged in its plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michael Dequina
April 8, 2012
Exuberant execution, infectious humor, and overwhelming charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Louis Proyect
May 25, 2011
A totally enthralling movie that despite using well-worn themes seems totally fresh. Beautiful to behold and always witty, this is what I would have nominated as best film of 2010 had I seen it in time.
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Christine Champ
May 6, 2011
It's a Harry Potter-meets-Avatar adventure that should delight most children and adults.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
April 4, 2011
The humor, while quite often aimed at children, is light and funny enough, but without hurting the action at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Josh Jackson
Paste Magazine
April 4, 2011
The result is fun and thrilling, and plenty of snappy jokes and sight gags will keep audiences of all ages entertained.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.1/10
Anthony Quinn
April 4, 2011
Swooping visuals and knockabout comedy blend in a family entertainment that should be the Easter weekend treat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dave White
April 4, 2011
Like Up, it knows when to be funny, when to lay on the action and when to be moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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James Berardinelli
April 4, 2011
Technically proficient and featuring a witty, intelligent, surprisingly insightful script, How to Train Your Dragon comes close to the level of Pixar's recent output while easily exceeding the juvenilia Dreamworks has released in the last nine years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
April 4, 2011
Those who were enchanted by the flying sequences in Avatar will experience the same exhilaration here as Hiccup rides Toothless between mountain peaks. Equally uplifting is the father-son reconciliation which is handled with just the right emotional heft.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
February 19, 2011
Neck and neck with "Toy Story 3" as the finest animated film of 2010...
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 27, 2011
It has some fun character designs, a good message, and some fairly typical jokes, and then last of all is the characters and the story.
January 17, 2011
With 'real' Harry Potter fighting wizards all over the planet, what fun it is to have animated characters take on the big bad dragons that plagued Vikings for years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jordan Hiller
December 30, 2010
HTYD takes a bold chance, and attempts to entertain adults not by being cute, gimmicky, thematically challenging, or infused with pop culture shout outs; it does so by being imaginative, heartfelt, and beautiful in fiery flourishes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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