The Land Before Time Reviews

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Peter Travers
People Magazine
June 8, 2015
The animation is fine. But the Stu Krieger screenplay contains violence that might be hard on the younger ones, preachiness that's hell on adults and a never-let-up cuteness that can turn minds of all ages to mush.
David Hepworth
Empire Magazine
June 8, 2015
Sharp animation and powerful visualisation of scale will enthrall a young audience but the clumsy cub-scout moralising feels, well, extinct.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Parkinson
Radio Times
June 8, 2015
If your little dinosaur lovers are still a bit young for Jurassic Park, then this charming cartoon should have them in raptures.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
June 8, 2015
It's a beautiful movie to watch, and the cartoony characters are as endearing as they come.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 8, 2015
It looks and sounds as if it came out of the Disney Studios of the '40s or '50s. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing -- that's as much a compliment (in terms of the quality of animation) as it is a criticism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
June 8, 2015
The Land Before Time works by evoking the simple virtues of this art aimed at children, as it was in the beginning when Disney animated Mickey Mouse. This film deserves a place next to the often-revived animated classics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

TV Guide's Movie Guide
June 8, 2015
A gorgeous production from beginning to end, The Land Before Time contains all the essential elements missing from most of Disney's recent efforts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
June 8, 2015
The Land Before Time is as handsome and honest an animated feature as any produced since Walt Disney`s death; it may even be the best.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times
June 8, 2015
Do dinosaurs really lend themselves to ootsie-cutesiness?
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
July 1, 2013
Maintains a genuine sense of beauty to it that will appeal to its young audience.
Common Sense Media Editors
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Baby dinosaur buddy flick that started the series.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Variety Staff
July 6, 2010
For the most part, pic is about as engaging as what's found on Saturday morning TV.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
November 24, 2009
What charmed me when I first saw it as a six-year-old in theaters now strikes me as rather middling, indifferent storytelling and character development.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Damon Wise
Time Out
February 9, 2006
After An American Tale, Bluth surely had the clout to make a more adventurous animated feature than this ...
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
August 30, 2004
Most of ''The Land Before Time'' is so authentically geared to the thinking of children that it should charm adults as well.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
August 2, 2002
A very good animated film, but nothe where near intriguing enough to inspire copious sequels.
| Original Score: 4/5
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
The characters are not well-developed.
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
There is nothing about either the story or its execution to place "The Land Before Time" alongside the classics, but then again, the age of animated masterpieces may be forever past.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
It is full of the delightful merriment of childhood, albeit dinosaur childhood not Homo sapiens. For a sweet and simple little picture the whole family can gather round the tube and watch with delight, this one delivers the goods.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
I guess I sort of liked the film, although I wonder why it couldn't have spent more time on natural history and the sense of discovery, and less time on tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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