Walking With Dinosaurs Reviews

Todd Gilchrist
TheWrap
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December 23, 2013

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

Inkoo Kang
Village Voice
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December 20, 2013

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.

Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
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December 20, 2013

You'd think it'd be hard to screw up a movie about dinosaurs, and yet Hollywood keeps doing so.

Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
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December 20, 2013

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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December 20, 2013

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Peter Debruge
Variety
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December 19, 2013

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.

Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
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December 19, 2013

The movie looks great, the writing is peppered with moments of wit, and there's even an educational component built in as dinosaur facts are displayed on the screen.

Claudia Puig
USA Today
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December 19, 2013

The photo-realistic look is striking, but the dialogue is occasionally wince-inducing. Think a sub-par Flintstones episode.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tom Russo
Boston Globe
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December 19, 2013

However well-intentioned the movie may be, it spills over with flat cutesy humor, making a slog out of an experience that should be filled with wonder.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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December 19, 2013

It's unlikely that a dinosaur wrote the script-the Writers Guild of America makes no provision for Cambrian membership-but this animated feature is dimwitted all the same.

Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
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December 19, 2013

Aesthetic attention to detail, even when it's painstaking, goes only so far when the content is mediocre.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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December 19, 2013

The good intentions are fossilized under the cutesy poop.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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December 19, 2013

Walking With Dinosaurs 3D is about as dumbed-down as nature cinema can get (at least their lips don't move), made even worse by stereotyped male-female roles that really do hearken back to the Stone Age.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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December 19, 2013

Kids love dinosaurs. But only the littlest kids will love Walking with Dinosaurs.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
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December 19, 2013

Unfortunately the filmmakers must have been worried that the science lesson, though perfectly engaging on a visual level, would bore small children, so the movie is stuffed with glib, unfunny wisecracks along the lines of Shrek.

Laremy Legel
Film.com
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December 19, 2013

Educational content, clever CGI, and John Leguizamo as a prehistoric bird.

Full Review | Original Score: 6.7/10
A.A. Dowd
AV Club
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December 19, 2013

Not only saddles its prehistoric attractions with sassy banter, but also inserts them into an impossibly generic coming-of-age adventure.

Full Review | Original Score: C-
Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
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December 18, 2013

Unfortunately, there's no majestic visual this movie can't undercut with bathroom humor as the charmless characters chatter simply to fill the space. Not even aurora borealis is spared.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
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December 18, 2013

First-rate CG effects do battle with third-rate dialogue in this 3D adventure based on acclaimed BBC series.