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T-Rex - Back to the Cretaceous

T-Rex - Back to the Cretaceous (1998)

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Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 3

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Brett Leonard directed this 3-D Imax short feature (running 45 minutes) about a famous paleontologist's teen daughter, who's able to enter into the world of the dinosaurs. In Alberta, Canada, Dr. Donald Hayden (Peter Horton) and his assistant Elizabeth (Kari Coleman) find a Tyrannosaurus egg. Donald's daughter Ally (Liz Stauber) hopes the egg will prove her theory that dinosaurs were ancestors of present-day birds. Back at their museum, Ally knocks the egg on the floor, loosening some strange

Jul 3, 2001

$47.8M

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Leonard seems confused about his mission: amusement-park ride or educational film? He tries for a little of each and ends up with a hodgepodge.

January 15, 2003 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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It represents the pinnacle, so far, of 3-D filmmaking, and even apart from the technology, it's a very watchable little movie.

October 30, 2001 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Instead of giving its eponymous protagonist center stage to strut and fret and sit in the audience's laps, it spends its best energy throwing a watered-down, imitation-Spielberg story in your face.

October 30, 2001 Full Review Source: Salon.com
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The film is the sort likely to whet active young minds to know more about the past.

October 30, 2001 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The Imax 3-D format continues to evolve toward narrative maturity, without bothering to ask whether viewers want it to.

October 30, 2001 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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It is for all of us who have wondered about this amazing period in our history.

January 15, 2003
Jam! Movies

T-Rex may be dumbed-down science and indirect educational material, but there is a lot going on in this 45-minute movie. And it isn't ever boring.

January 15, 2003
Jam! Movies

Dynamite 3-D dinosaurs invade an Afterschool Special-style story.

August 20, 2002 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The tepid story line sinks this 45-minute, big-screen film right into the tar pits.

April 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Has a pleasant narrative that's impressively elevated by the IMAX 3-D process.

October 30, 2001 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

For those who marvel at dinosaurs, this is an absolute must-see.

October 30, 2001 Full Review Source: NUVO Newsweekly
NUVO Newsweekly

A rousing 3-D dinosaur adventure.

October 30, 2001 Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Jurassic Park it's not, but IMAX's T-Rex: Back to the Cretaceous is still a pretty awesome experience.

October 30, 2001
Jam! Movies

Unfortunately doesn't add up to a very entertaining Large Format experience.

September 25, 2001 Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card
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