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T-Rex: Back to the Cretaceous (1998)

T-Rex: Back to the Cretaceous



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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 dust. At night, a T-rex skeleton springs to life, and Ally discovers she can use museum exhibits as a springboard for time travel, encountering famed dinosaur illustrator Charles Knight (Tuck Milligan) and paleontologist Barnum Brown (Laurie Murdoch). She also sees a flying Pteranodon, an Ornithomimus and other creatures -- which all become extinct in the meteoric conclusion.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Andrew Gellis, David Young, Jeanne Rosenberg
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 3, 2001
Box Office: $47.8M
IMAX Corp. - Official Site


Peter Horton
as Dr. Donald Hayden
Kari Coleman
as Elizabeth Sample
Liz Stauber
as Ally Hayden
Laurie Murdoch
as Barnum Brown
Tuck Milligan
as Charles Knight
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Critic Reviews for T-Rex: Back to the Cretaceous

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (10)

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.

Full Review… | January 15, 2003
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

The Imax 3-D format continues to evolve toward narrative maturity, without bothering to ask whether viewers want it to.

Full Review… | October 30, 2001
Village Voice
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 30, 2001
Top Critic

It represents the pinnacle, so far, of 3-D filmmaking, and even apart from the technology, it's a very watchable little movie.

Full Review… | October 30, 2001
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

The film is the sort likely to whet active young minds to know more about the past.

Full Review… | October 30, 2001
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for T-Rex: Back to the Cretaceous


This film is good, the story is telling about T-Rex.

Steven Vincent Gee

Super Reviewer


It's an interesting little film, and it looked pretty great on the Imax screen from when I saw it all those years ago. The story is a little confusing, and it appears everything was a dream yet it's not... Anyway, it's a fun little film that any dinosaur enthusiast would enjoy.

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