How to Train Your Dragon (2010) - Rotten Tomatoes

How to Train Your Dragon (2010)



Critic Consensus: Boasting dazzling animation, a script with surprising dramatic depth, and thrilling 3-D sequences, How to Train Your Dragon soars.

Movie Info

The son of a Viking chief must capture a dragon in order to mark his passage into manhood and prove his worthiness to the tribe in directors Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois' adaptation of Cressida Cowell's popular children's book. Gerard Butler, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse provide voices for the DreamWorks Animation production. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: PG (for sequences of intense action and some scary images, and brief mild language)
Genre: Animation, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Chris Sanders, Dean DeBlois, William Davies, Will Davies, Cressida Cowell
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 15, 2010
Box Office: $216.9M
Paramount/DWA - Official Site


Jonah Hill
as Snotlout
Kristen Wiig
as Ruffnut
T.J. Miller
as Tuffnut
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Critic Reviews for How to Train Your Dragon

All Critics (201) | Top Critics (39)

It's a foolproof scheme for picture making: take the plot elements of favorite movies, paint the concoction with bright colors so it looks like the zazziest customized car, set it running at NASCAR speed, and you have How to Train Your Dragon.

Full Review… | December 8, 2014
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

What we have here is an exhilarating epic that mixes comedic and touching moments with some of the best action sequences ever created with CGI animation.

Full Review… | November 19, 2013
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Toothless has the one precious ingredient that's missing from so many of Hollywood's contemporary animated characters: an air of mystery.

Full Review… | November 19, 2013
Top Critic

It's charming, funny and a lot like Avatar, though less solemn and an hour shorter.

Full Review… | December 8, 2014
Observer (UK)

Based on the book by Cressida Cowell, the movie from writer-director Dean Dubois is funny, well-drawn and imaginatively structured so that adults need have no fear about taking the kids to it.

Full Review… | December 8, 2014
London Evening Standard

Instead of relying on dizzying gimmicks, Dreamworks' new animated feature simply revels in the sheer heart-pumping pleasure of watching action unfold through those Buddy Holly-style glasses.

Full Review… | December 8, 2014
Daily Star

Audience Reviews for How to Train Your Dragon


A charming, likeable animated story concerning an insecure boy (voiced by Jay Baruchel) who forms an unlikely friendship with a dragon named Toothless after being tasked with capturing one as the last step to becoming a man. The thing that makes this movie so special is its fearlessness and willingness to take big risks that do not fall into the cookie-cutter norm that we have come to accept with some animated films. Because of this, it possesses a degree of unpredictability which proves to be original and much more enjoyable. The voice acting is terrific, and the action scenes are fun and the film's versatility to all age ranges cannot go unnoticed. This is a stellar, near-perfect film.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer


Riveting and visionary tale that gives new life to DreamWorks Animation SKG. How to Train Your Dragon has crisp animation and a compelling story, which helps justify this film to be ranked one of the top animated films for DreamWorks (as well as top animated films of all time). 4.5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

An allegory for how to get along with any animal. Especially cats.

Jennifer D

Super Reviewer

How to Train Your Dragon Quotes

Hiccup: This is Berk. It's twelve days north of Hopeless and a few degrees south of Freezing to Death. It's located solidly on the Meridian of Misery. My village. In a word, sturdy. It's been here for seven generations, but every single building is new. We've got hunting, fishing, and a charming view of the sunsets. The only problems are the pests. Most places have mice or mosquitoes. We have... dragons.
– Submitted by Jessica R (23 months ago)
Snotlout: Wait, aren't you gonna teach us first?
Gobber: I believe in learning on the job.
– Submitted by Jordan S (23 months ago)
Hiccup: Thank you for nothing you useless reptile.
– Submitted by Carlo R (2 years ago)
Hiccup: I wouldn't kill him because he looked as frightened as I was. I looked at him, and I saw myself.
– Submitted by Matthew R (3 years ago)

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