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The Croods (2013)

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Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 134
Fresh: 94 | Rotten: 40

While it may not be as (ahem) evolved as the best modern animated fare, The Croods will prove solidly entertaining for families seeking a fast-paced, funny cartoon adventure.

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Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 34
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 9

While it may not be as (ahem) evolved as the best modern animated fare, The Croods will prove solidly entertaining for families seeking a fast-paced, funny cartoon adventure.

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The Croods tells the story of the world's first family road trip. When their cave is destroyed, the Crood family must embark on a comedy adventure into strange and spectacular territory in search of a new home. As if patriarch Grug (Cage) didn't already have enough to handle, it goes from bad to worse when they encounter an imaginative nomad named Guy (Reynolds.) With Guy's help the Croods conquer their fear of the outside world and discover that they have exactly what it takes to survive - each

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All Critics (134) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (94) | Rotten (40) | DVD (2)

The Croods isn't particularly smart, but it has just enough wit to keep us engaged and just enough speed to keep us from feeling restless.

March 24, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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It captures the wonder (and more gently, the anxiety) of discovery time and time again. And the filmmakers have a hoot playing with the Croods' encounters with, as well as their misunderstandings of, all things new.

March 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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As family viewing, it's pleasant enough: primitive, yes, but in a digitally sophisticated way that's boisterous, funny and will no doubt sell a lot of toys.

March 22, 2013 Full Review Source: NPR
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The animation is first-rate, with moments of genuine visual imagination, and the story, while unremarkable, is entirely adequate.

March 22, 2013 Full Review Source: The Atlantic
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How to Train Your Dragon" and "Lilo & Stitch" are completely indicative of the experience you'll have with "The Croods," which is to say a supremely positive one.

March 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Film.com
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It may not be an instant animated classic, but it's a charmer that will leave the kids ... feeling warm and fuzzy ...

March 22, 2013 Full Review Source: MSN Movies
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A fun glimpse into father-daughter relationships and the power of family to persevere even when the fear of change threatens its very existence.

March 15, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

Boisterous, colourful and warm-hearted, with energetic action scenes, knockabout slapstick humour and lush visuals.

February 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

An animated film that has it all: captivating characters, rich thematic material, humor, imaginative visuals, and an adventuresome quest.

December 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Set four million years in the past, The Croods nonetheless feels like a step-forward for the usually pop-culture cribbing DreamWorks' studio. More like this, please.

December 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Quickflix
Quickflix

The first act may be a little slow, but once this animated caveman comedy gets rolling, it's a rollicking good family movie. No wonder there's already a TV series and a sequel in development.

October 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

The Croods is a pleasant surprise that features imaginative production design, a funny story, and excellent voice acting by Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, and Nicolas Cage.

September 11, 2013 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

The film gets by on its high spirits and good intentions.

July 13, 2013 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

The incredible, surprising design - the vibrant colors, imaginative shapes and textures that make up the prehistoric world - is the movie's real star.

May 3, 2013 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

It's a lot better than some of the titles aimed at tykes, but anyone older than 10 may be hard pressed to find anything of value here outside of engaging eye candy.

April 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Racket
Film Racket

As well as being pacy, energetically animated and stuffed full of modern-day references, The Croods also casts off any lingering doubt that DreamWorks is moving into the character-driven domain normally dominated by Pixar.

April 12, 2013 Full Review Source: 3AW

Cavemen evolving.

April 11, 2013 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

The Croods is simple enough in its story and structure that its emotional honesty and touching message will catch you quite off-guard.

April 8, 2013 Full Review Source: The Mercury
The Mercury

This is a very nice little family film with excellent visuals and interesting characters.

April 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

The voices have also been well chosen and you're likely to enjoy the entertaining squabbles between Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone and Ryan Reynolds.

April 7, 2013 Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane
ABC Radio Brisbane

You won't learn anything about life 100,000 years ago, but you may enjoy yourself.

April 1, 2013 Full Review Source: The Standard
The Standard

Energetic slapstick, aimed at indiscriminating youngsters who will want to buy lots of Crood toys.

March 28, 2013 Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate
SSG Syndicate

It's not only entertaining, it's pretty darn visually impressive. On occasion, it's even rather touching.

March 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

No wonder it's doing so well at the box office.

March 26, 2013 Full Review Source: tonymacklin.net
tonymacklin.net

An impressive, colorful, imaginatively-designed cartoon adventure, rather spoiled by being shackled to a deeply perfunctory story.

March 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

A witty and slapstick-laced script by writers-directors Chris Sanders and Kirk De Micco, some flawless 3-D work and solid character and beautiful background animation combine for an entertaining 92 minutes.

March 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Audience Reviews for The Croods

Grug: Never not be afraid.

"Meet the first modern family"

The Croods was sort of a let down in some aspects, but the animation is beautiful and the settings, and caveman era is really cool. So it ends up being a very fun ride. The nice voice cast of Nicholas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Cloris Leachman and Clark Duke lend good voice to the beautiful imagery.

A family that lives exclusively in the darkness of their cave are forced to adventure out into the real world and encounter all the dangers that it withholds in search of a new home after theirs is destroyed by an earthquake. They run into a boy who knew this was gonna happen and who also has a very good understanding of earth. The movies main theme is about thinking for yourself and not fearing the unknown.

This isn't a standout when it comes to the animated family film genre, but it's a fun film nonetheless. I expected a little more from the story, but overall it was okay. This isn't really worth the watch unless you like watching these animated movies no matter what. If you just watch the best of the genre, this one shouldn't be a necessity. 
April 7, 2014
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Melvin White

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There is always a certain level of success the more something is familiar. The makers of The Croods would say that was because they explore modern day social and family issues but in the guise of a neanderthal time point, suggesting that there are aspects of human life, family, that are inherent to human kind. I think that's crap though, it's basically familiar because it's like the Flintstones, although the Flintstones is miles better. Suggesting that there was once a time when Whales had legs and Piranha Fish could fly (before Piranha 2 - The Spawning) doesn't help kid's educations much either but then that would be me taking a cartoon far to seriously. It looks good yes but story-wise, it's the same old formula we've seen before - generally in animated films.
February 26, 2014
SirPant

Super Reviewer

Chris Sanders and Kirk De Micco deliver The Croods in better fashion than marketed.Behind the 90 minute facade of obnoxious caveman, there really is a fun family-oriented story. The pacing is quick, the characters are amusing, and while the plot details are light and simple, it all makes for a good time. The final 20 minutes is a notable highlight.Visually, The Croods never blows it out of the water, but it stays visually pleasing on the eyes with some brightly colored characters and facial expressions resembling the "Dreamworks Face."Nicolas Cage is a little awkward at first, but his voice grows as the film progresses. Emma Stone and Ryan Reynolds provide satisfying enough voice work for 2 of the other major characters.All in all, The Croods meets the expectations of a recommendable family animation.
February 6, 2014
skactopus
JY Skacto

Super Reviewer

Watchable family fun but maybe an adult requires a tad more from the movie!
October 11, 2013
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    1. Thunk: Let's do that again. I think I blinked.
    – Submitted by Danny F (10 months ago)
    1. Grug: Everyone! You have to listen to me!
    2. Eep: We would be dead if we listened to you! We have to follow guy now.
    3. Grug: Guy!!
    4. Ugga: Guy! Run!
    – Submitted by Nathan K (11 months ago)
    1. Grug: No one said survival was fun.
    – Submitted by Mark Z (11 months ago)
    1. Grug: Big words anger me... Keep talking.
    – Submitted by Mark Z (11 months ago)
    1. Guy: I'll call it the end!
    – Submitted by Esha V (11 months ago)
    1. Belt: Da Da Daaaaaaa!!!!!
    – Submitted by Jill Esther P (16 months ago)
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