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Walking With Dinosaurs (2013)

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Average Rating: 4.5/10
Reviews Counted: 70
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 53

Walking with Dinosaurs boasts painstaking visual brilliance, but it's unfortunately clouded by a clumsy script that's dominated by juvenile humor.

16

Average Rating: 4.5/10
Critic Reviews: 19
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 16

Walking with Dinosaurs boasts painstaking visual brilliance, but it's unfortunately clouded by a clumsy script that's dominated by juvenile humor.

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42

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Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 25,332

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For the first time in movie history, audiences will truly see and feel what it was like when dinosaurs ruled the Earth. WALKING WITH DINOSAURS is the ultimate immersive, big screen adventure for families. Meet dinosaurs more real than you've ever seen as you take off on a thrilling prehistoric adventure, where Patchi, an underdog dinosaur, triumphs against all odds to become a hero for the ages. (c) Fox

PG,

Documentary, Kids & Family

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John Collee

Mar 25, 2014

$3.5M

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All Critics (70) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (53)

an insufferable family adventure whose impressive animation is consistently undercut by cartoonish self-awareness.

December 23, 2013 Full Review Source: TheWrap
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The only solace from the uninspired characters and crammed-in factoids are the gags about poop and puke - juvenile, yes, but also appropriate for the film's "back to nature" ethos.

December 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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You'd think it'd be hard to screw up a movie about dinosaurs, and yet Hollywood keeps doing so.

December 20, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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Walking With Dinosaurs is too good a visual treat to miss, especially if you catch the 3-D version. But don't expect to enjoy the predictable, paper-thin story.

December 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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You could write "Walking With Dinosaurs'' off as harmless filler for the under-5 set, except that the only female dinosaur, Juniper, exists solely to moon over Patchi, who as a hatchling lost part of an ear to a winged predator.

December 20, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Collee piles on references to such distinctly human concepts as ninjas and ballet, while 21st-century expressions ("Worst migration ever!") and a forgettable selection of pop tunes feel instantly biodegradable.

December 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety
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"(A)beautifully animated but plot-thin kids film that borrows heavily in the story department from both the Land Before Time and Ice Age movies, as well as various Disney animated classics."

May 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinephiled
Cinephiled

Walking with Dinosaurs 3D has gorgeous, meticulously detailed CGI, but also way too many stupid jokes about poop and puke.

March 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

Basically Fox took a concept with wide appeal and reduced it to children's fare.

March 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

I realize scientists can't prove dinosaurs didn't communicate telepathically, but I suspect the filmmakers' decision to go telepathic stems more from financial concerns than artistic or scientific ones.

January 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Daily Herald (IL)
Daily Herald (IL)

Some of the character transformations are rushed (such as that of Patchi's older brother) and I don't quite think there's enough here to keep youngsters entertained.

January 9, 2014 Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane
ABC Radio Brisbane

As I gazed, slack-jawed, at the fantastic visuals of wWalking With Dinosaurs,' I could not fathom how it came to be paired with the hideous, low-brow dialogue. And then I think I figured it out.

January 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

The film should have been called Walking Very Slowly With Dinosaurs. And as well as being shown in 2D and 3D, the posters should have included that the film can also be seen in Zero D, which is the format you experience the film in when you fall asleep.

January 5, 2014 Full Review Source: 3AW

[The] inevitable big-screen brand expansion of the Walking with Dinosaurs property proves to be as slickly-packaged an endeavour as you'd expect from any franchise entrant.

December 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Screen-Space
Screen-Space

With no attempt at lip-synching, the detachment of the voices from the main characters is more supernatural than 3D.

December 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail
Birmingham Mail

An educational show with the addition of a moronic plot and a lot of poop and flatulence gags.

December 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Unfortunately dopey, it's a nonsensical, mind-numbing disappointment.

December 23, 2013 Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate
SSG Syndicate

Pop-up infomercials introducing each new character remind us that there's an educational remit lurking somewhere in the background, but the primary thrust is light, breezy and a little bit bitey.

December 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

My dream has always been to "Walk with Dinosaurs", but if they're this shallow and annoying, I'll just stick with looking at their skeletons.

December 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Schmoes Know
Schmoes Know

Sure, it's aimed at kids, but as much as they all love dinosaurs...subjecting them to a film this annoying won't do anything but dampen that enthusiasm.

December 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Schmoes Know
Schmoes Know

Hey kids. Do you want to have fun and learn at the same time? Do you? Do you? Of course you don't.

December 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

Directors Neil Nightingale and Barry Cook have created a gorgeous visual feast, with computer animation that is superimposed on real-life settings, giving Walking with Dinosaurs a unique look of reality.

December 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Canada.com
Canada.com

Kids crazy about dinosaurs -- find me one who isn't -- will love this one.

December 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Tri-City Herald
Tri-City Herald

An ambitious effort to meld learning and entertainment that ultimately works as neither.

December 20, 2013 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Audience Reviews for Walking With Dinosaurs

A Nice Family Film

Decent Kids Movie! If you see this expecting a grown-up style documentary, you'll be disappointed. It's clearly made for a very young audience, and I think they did a fantastic job in that regard. The animation was fantastic,it was quite educational, it had characters that the kids fall in love with, and it wasn't too long. If you like watching your kid really enjoy something, take them to this film. If you want something for the entire family, including grown ups, then you're better off with something else.

For the first time in movie history, audiences will truly see and feel what it was like when dinosaurs ruled the Earth. "Walking with Dinosaurs" is the ultimate immersive experience, utilizing state of the art 3D to put audiences in the middle of a thrilling and epic prehistoric world, where an underdog dino triumphs to become a hero for the ages.
March 26, 2014
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Manu Gino

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The BBC hit Hollywood as they upgrade their popular 1999 miniseries to the silver screen. The original British series was a simple educational natural history documentary but it was all done with flashy CGI and animatronic puppets. Although the actual idea of a series all about dinosaurs wasn't completely original it was simply all about the movie style visuals which made it a hit. The concept includes quite a few series following on with the 'Walking with...' title.

I guess this brings us to the fundamental problem with this film, the decision to be sell outs and whore the idea out Hollywood style. There is nothing wrong with an educational film of course, but this isn't it. The whole idea was to be a slick documentary with insightful narration...usually based around a few dinosaurs and a section of their lives. This film takes that idea but ruins it with God awful stereotypical Hollywood blockbuster garbage of the hammiest order. You have a spectacular looking Cretaceous period complete with stunning live action locations and pixel perfect dinosaurs, but its all virtually destroyed by giving the dinosaurs inept conventional teenybopper type voices and adding horrible songs along the way.

I can't stress enough how good this film looks, it is truly beautiful and showcases our home planet in all its glory from dawn to dusk. The dinosaurs are all fantastically rendered in every frame and look...perfect!. Every scale, every feather, skin pigmentation, tooth, eye, posture, walk, stance, growl, roar, squeak, swoop etc...its all created with awesome detail. So much so its hard to think it could be wrong in any way but I'm sure in years to come new discoveries will arise.

Its just such a monumental shame they crowbarred in these stupid cheesy voices to obviously appeal to the kids. I say crowbarred because it feels like it was an after thought, the dino's mouths/lips don't move with the voice work (a proper realistic approach) so it looks like they are thinking everything. Plus they all seem to roar/squawk/growl/whine in real time over the voice work which is odd. A dino will say something like 'hello' but you'll still hear the realistic dinosaur growl too, its like the powers that be couldn't decide what to do. Wouldn't be too bad if the voices were any good but they're so dumb and cliched, you know how this goes. Also they use in-jokes about the future, the past and different periods, plus words like 'ninja'. Yeah I know I'm being really picky but it just feels ridiculous and totally pulls you out of the film or the moment.

The story is of course the age old tale about the life of a young dino who falls in love with another girl dino, their herd migrates across the land, they encounter danger from predators, get separated, must fight to survive and eventually find the herd again whilst fending off more nasty predators that should be Tyrannosaurus-Rex's but aren't. Its the usual coming of age story for a dinosaur which felt really really STALE, surely they could of come up with something else!. On top of that the main dino's have a sidekick along for the trip as you'd expect and all the usual kind of mishaps these types of films usually throw at you, I really shouldn't need to tell you more.

The other thing that kinda bewilders me is why do this, its been done in the TV series and they've covered quite a few periods, so why make a movie of the same thing?. There is no real new ground here, not much educational stuff for kids and of course the plot is dreadful so its a complete waste of time. I'm sure dinosaur obsessed kids will enjoy it for the spectacle but surely watching the TV show would be far more beneficial.

I really hate to be negative about this film as it has good intentions and has been created with a lot of love care and a tremendous eye for details. Personally I think the film would have worked a lot better just keeping Leguizamo narrating the story as the bird and cutting out all the other voices. Then you would have something much closer to the original source and it wouldn't come across as so infantile and corny.

The film is instantly obsolete because of the far superior TV series (despite its age) which offers more in depth information and a multitude of dinosaurs/mammals from all periods. This film gets plus points for visuals alone but overall it feels like a vacuous emotionless waste of everybody's time. Did they really make this just to show off their CGI dinosaurs? seems like it.
March 15, 2014
phubbs1

Super Reviewer

If I listed the 10 worst movies of 2013 this would be top 3, maybe even number 1. This is just horrible. It wants to be educational, funny, dramatic, interesting, and it fails miserably at it all. The dinosaurs walk(hence the title) and grunt and roar, while there is very bad voice overs. Kind of like the American Home Video clips where there's like a cat and the hosts does a voice for it. I mean the dinosaurs mouths aren't moving, and it has a horrible Latino bird narrator that doesn't work into the movie at all really. Grant got bored midway through, and I honestly thought about walking out(which I haven't done since High School). But, I don't want Grant to think it's ok to walk out of a movie, so we stuck it out. Afterwards he was talking about the dinosaurs some, but I doubt he'd ever care to watch it again, and if he did I'd make him watch "Land Before Time" instead, which is a REAL animated movie, not this crap. I will say the one good thing about this movie is it gorgeous to look at. The dinosaurs look very real, it just happens to be a very boring and pointless movie. Just skip and hope it falls into extinction like the dinosaurs.
December 29, 2013
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

I became very dubious upon learning that unlike the Kenneth Branagh documentary of the 90's, this "Walking With Dinosaurs" gives the dino's not only characters, but voices.

I still was keen to see it though 'cause dinosaurs are fucking rad.

It ends up trying to ride the line between children's romance drama and educational film, which is... pretty absurd. And to some degree it pays for this, but it still ends up being somewhat bearable. In a guilty pleasure sort of way. Maybe.
February 3, 2014
Gimly Monocle

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