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The Croods Reviews

Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
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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 Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

March 24, 2013
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 22, 2013
Bob Mondello
NPR
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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.

Full Review Source: NPR

March 22, 2013
Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
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The animation is first-rate, with moments of genuine visual imagination, and the story, while unremarkable, is entirely adequate.

Full Review Source: The Atlantic

March 22, 2013
Laremy Legel
Film.com
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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.

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: B

March 22, 2013
Kate Erbland
MSN Movies
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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 ...

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 3/5

March 22, 2013
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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A film which, if not truly sophisticated, isn't nearly as crude as advertised.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 22, 2013
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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The family-dramedy genre that the film inhabits demands a bit more narrative ingenuity than is on display.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

March 22, 2013
Kevin Lally
Hollywood Reporter
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Fast-paced, inventive animated comic adventure of a Stone Age family gets an extra boost from the lively vocal performances of stars Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone and Ryan Reynolds.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

March 22, 2013
Jody Mitori
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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While their situation sounds dire, "The Croods" is not. The DreamWorks animated film has enough slapstick humor, furry sidekicks and zippy 3-D action sequences to keep the story light.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3/4

March 22, 2013
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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Even the lively visuals and unrelenting thrill-ride pace can't disguise rough-hewn storytelling, or the fact that the tale of a old-fashioned macho cave dad and his family seems a bit yabba-dabba done that already.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 22, 2013
Tom Long
Detroit News
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This movie not only has its heart in the right place, it has its brain in the right place.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B

March 22, 2013
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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I'd like to take back all those times I said Nicolas Cage was one of the most annoying actors on film. It turns out he's equally terrible when he's only on the soundtrack.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1/4

March 22, 2013
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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"The Croods" is light fare, but it explores a serious theme, if only superficially.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 22, 2013
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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It's the kind of rib-tickling, emotionally satisfying, universally appealing effort that gives computer animation a good name.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 21, 2013
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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Like the continents, it's a little too easy to drift away.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

March 21, 2013
Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
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[It] might even give the little ones something more challenging to think about than its tired main plot.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

March 21, 2013
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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The pace is brisk and occasionally slapstick, and some amusing situations stem from the cavemen displaying brawn over brains.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 21, 2013
Tom Russo
Boston Globe
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Had the movie figured out a way to stay the less-cliched course, it might have helped the DreamWorks oeuvre take steps toward Pixar's emotional resonance.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 21, 2013
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
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Considering the fact that a young girl is picking her nose on the movie poster, "The Croods" is surprisingly evolved.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

March 21, 2013
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Neither as thrilling nor as funny as it ought to be.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

March 21, 2013
Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The movie is well-edited and lean, a fast-paced, action-filled bit of froth that manages to be diverting and surprisingly fun.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 21, 2013
Miriam Bale
New York Daily News
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When it gets past the Stone Age humor, this weird film manages to find some gentle revelations.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

March 21, 2013
Leslie Felperin
Variety
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Although state-of-the-art in its rendering of textures, movement and stereography, DreamWorks' latest 3D toon, The Croods, adopts a relatively primitive approach to storytelling.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 21, 2013
Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
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In an interesting way, "The Croods" is about storytelling - cave paintings, hints of oral tradition, stumbling upon metaphors - and the impulse to remember amid change. There's something touching in that ...

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

March 21, 2013
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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"The Croods" rests on the notion of the patriarch who must learn to adapt and let go. (I resent this storyline, for the record.)

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 21, 2013
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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The fact that it constantly undermines its own message doesn't entirely diminish its base appeal.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B-

March 21, 2013
Nell Minow
Chicago Sun-Times
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Despite a few too many mother-in-law jokes, "The Croods" nicely makes it clear that even before they had fire, families understood how important it was to cherish and protect each other.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

March 21, 2013
Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
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This material could have easily fallen into sitcom clichés with a heaping scoop of anachronism jokes on the side, but The Croods takes these characters and their situation seriously enough to make the story matter.

Full Review Source: TheWrap

March 20, 2013
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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It's all well enough.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

March 20, 2013
Keith Staskiewicz
Entertainment Weekly
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A handful of adrenalizing sequences of animated anarchy can't save this story from feeling overly primitive.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

March 20, 2013
Catherine Bray
Time Out
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It's all entertaining enough, and will surely sell plenty of stuffed toys. But it winds up a fair few rungs below the likes of 'Brave' on the evolutionary ladder.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

March 19, 2013
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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"The Croods" is both brisk and beautiful, and should be sufficiently entertaining for family audiences for whom few such options exist these days.

Full Review Source: Associated Press | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 18, 2013
David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
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Further back on the evolutionary chain than the Flintstones, and also lagging in the comedy stakes, this sweet Stone Age clan nonetheless will captivate the youngsters.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

February 15, 2013
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