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The Croods (2013)


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

Critics Consensus: 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.

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

Critics Consensus: 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.


Average Rating: 4/5
User Ratings: 190,190


Movie Info

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 … More

PG (for some scary action)
Action & Adventure , Animation , Kids & Family , Comedy
Directed By:
In Theaters:
Oct 1, 2013
Box Office:
20th Century Fox - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Croods

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.

Full Review… | March 24, 2013
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 22, 2013
Denver Post
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 22, 2013
Top Critic

The animation is first-rate, with moments of genuine visual imagination, and the story, while unremarkable, is entirely adequate.

Full Review… | March 22, 2013
The Atlantic
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 22, 2013
Top Critic

It may not be an instant animated classic, but it's a charmer that will leave the kids ... feeling warm and fuzzy ...

Full Review… | March 22, 2013
MSN Movies
Top Critic

A fun glimpse into father-daughter relationships and the power of family to persevere even when the fear of change threatens its very existence.

Full Review… | March 15, 2014
Cinema Sight

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

Full Review… | February 1, 2014
Movie Talk

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

Full Review… | December 5, 2013
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.

Full Review… | December 1, 2013

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.

Full Review… | October 5, 2013
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.

Full Review… | September 11, 2013

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

Full Review… | July 13, 2013

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

Full Review… | May 3, 2013
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.

Full Review… | April 14, 2013
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.

Full Review… | April 12, 2013

Cavemen evolving.

Full Review… | April 11, 2013

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

Full Review… | April 8, 2013
The Mercury

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

Full Review… | April 8, 2013
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.

Full Review… | April 7, 2013
ABC Radio Brisbane

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

Full Review… | April 1, 2013
The Standard

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

Full Review… | March 28, 2013
SSG Syndicate

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

Full Review… | March 28, 2013
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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

Full Review… | March 26, 2013

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

Full Review… | March 25, 2013
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.

Full Review… | March 25, 2013
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. 

Melvin White

Super Reviewer

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.

Anthony Lawrie

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.

JY Skacto

Super Reviewer

Watchable family fun but maybe an adult requires a tad more from the movie!

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

The Croods Quotes

Let's do that again. I think I blinked.
– Submitted by Danny F (10 months ago)
Everyone! You have to listen to me!
We would be dead if we listened to you! We have to follow guy now.
Guy! Run!
– Submitted by Nathan K (12 months ago)
No one said survival was fun.
– Submitted by Mark Z (12 months ago)
Big words anger me... Keep talking.
– Submitted by Mark Z (12 months ago)
I'll call it the end!
– Submitted by Esha V (12 months ago)
Da Da Daaaaaaa!!!!!
– Submitted by Jill Esther P (16 months ago)

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