Dinosaur 13

2014

Dinosaur 13 (2014)

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Critic Consensus: It's undeniably slanted and doesn't cover as much of the story as it should, but Dinosaur 13 makes for gripping documentary viewing, flaws and all.

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When Paleontologist Peter Larson and his team from the Black Hills Institute of Geological Research made the world's greatest dinosaur discovery in 1990, they knew it was the find of a lifetime; the largest, most complete T. rex ever found. But during a ten-year battle with the U.S. government, powerful museums, Native American tribes, and competing paleontologists, they found themselves not only fighting to keep their dinosaur but fighting for their freedom as well.

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The storytelling raises more logistical and legal questions than it's equipped to answer. But what Miller does have, for anyone unfamiliar with Sue's fate, is a story with a suspenseful climax.

Aug 20, 2014 | Full Review…

In his eagerness to create a David-and-Goliath story, and with his distractingly pro-BHI bias, Mr. Miller fails to ask a lot of questions.

Aug 18, 2014

The fate of some very old bones may not sound like compelling cinema, but when they compose the 65-million-year-old skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex that was 41 feet long and 18 feet high back in the day, all bets are off.

Aug 15, 2014 | Full Review…

"Dinosaur 13" is "Kramer vs. Kramer" for paleontologists ...

Aug 15, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

These events would have been better handled in a single installment of Dateline.

Aug 15, 2014 | Rating: 1.5/4

"Dinosaur 13" may not be the best documentary, but as a scientific soap opera, it's a doozy.

Aug 14, 2014 | Full Review…

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