How to Train Your Dragon Reviews

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Philip French
Observer [UK]
December 8, 2014
It's charming, funny and a lot like Avatar, though less solemn and an hour shorter.
Derek Malcolm
This is London
December 8, 2014
Based on the book by Cressida Cowell, the movie from writer-director Dean Dubois is funny, well-drawn and imaginatively structured so that adults need have no fear about taking the kids to it.
Andy Lea
Daily Star
December 8, 2014
Instead of relying on dizzying gimmicks, Dreamworks' new animated feature simply revels in the sheer heart-pumping pleasure of watching action unfold through those Buddy Holly-style glasses.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
December 8, 2014
It's a foolproof scheme for picture making: take the plot elements of favorite movies, paint the concoction with bright colors so it looks like the zazziest customized car, set it running at NASCAR speed, and you have How to Train Your Dragon.
Matt Risley
Sky Movies
December 8, 2014
Undoubtedly Dreamworks' best film yet, and quite probably the best dragon movie ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Adam Charles
Film School Rejects
December 8, 2014
Everything from the angle of the shot to the speed of the editing projects an end visual that feels like you're either on Toothless' back or you get an outsider perspective of just how fast he's flying.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jim Vejvoda
IGN Movies
December 8, 2014
What helps elevate How to Train Your Dragon above the glut of other recent animated fare is its message about tolerance and realizing that your enemy may not be as different as you think.
Mal Vincent
The Virginian-Pilot
December 8, 2014
This is the best animated film since Coraline. It proves that adventure can be fun and still say something.
December 8, 2014
How to Train Your Dragon glossily repackages two of the most common themes echoed in animated family movies: embracing uniqueness and rebelling against conformity.
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
December 8, 2014
Three cheers to DreamWorks for zipping it, at long last: in laying aside the post-modern quips, they've rediscovered an airborne sense of joy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
December 8, 2014
Happily, Toothless, like Stitch, combines affects of cats, dogs, bats, lizards, and other independent-minded creatures, known and unknown.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
December 8, 2014
There's lots of action but there's even more heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
December 8, 2014
It's all right.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Scotsman
December 8, 2014
Beautifully crafted and effortlessly entertaining, this is an unexpected triumph.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
December 8, 2014
How to Train Your Dragon is one animated movie where the background images are at least as interesting -- and sometimes more interesting -- than what's in the foreground.
Andrew Hedley
Flicks.co.nz
December 8, 2014
It looks very cool, especially in three dimensions.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Randall King
Winnipeg Free Press
December 8, 2014
The humour is delightful and consistent... All age groups might equally appreciate the film's pertinent point that learning about a perceived enemy is more valuable than fight-or-flight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto
November 19, 2013
How To Train Your Dragon may be the most emotionally satisfying boy-meets-creature movie since E.T. - and that's not a comparison made lightly.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Kevin Williamson
Jam! Movies
November 19, 2013
The surprise of the 3D animated adventure How to Train Your Dragon isn't that once again the digitally-rendered creatures dazzle -- it's that the movie does too.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Horgen
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 19, 2013
What we have here is an exhilarating epic that mixes comedic and touching moments with some of the best action sequences ever created with CGI animation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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