T-Rex: Back to the Cretaceous (1998)


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Brett Leonard directed this 3-D Imax short feature (running 45 minutes) about a famous paleontologist's teen daughter, who's able to enter into the world of the dinosaurs. In Alberta, Canada, Dr. Donald Hayden (Peter Horton) and his assistant Elizabeth (Kari Coleman) find a Tyrannosaurus egg. Donald's daughter Ally (Liz Stauber) hopes the egg will prove her theory that dinosaurs were ancestors of present-day birds. Back at their museum, Ally knocks the egg on the floor, loosening some strange dust. At night, a T-rex skeleton springs to life, and Ally discovers she can use museum exhibits as a springboard for time travel, encountering famed dinosaur illustrator Charles Knight (Tuck Milligan) and paleontologist Barnum Brown (Laurie Murdoch). She also sees a flying Pteranodon, an Ornithomimus and other creatures -- which all become extinct in the meteoric conclusion.


Peter Horton
as Dr. Donald Hayden
Kari Coleman
as Elizabeth Sample
Liz Stauber
as Ally Hayden
Laurie Murdoch
as Barnum Brown
Tuck Milligan
as Charles Knight

Critic Reviews for T-Rex: Back to the Cretaceous

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (9)

Leonard seems confused about his mission: amusement-park ride or educational film? He tries for a little of each and ends up with a hodgepodge.

Jan 15, 2003 | Full Review…

The Imax 3-D format continues to evolve toward narrative maturity, without bothering to ask whether viewers want it to.

Oct 30, 2001

Instead of giving its eponymous protagonist center stage to strut and fret and sit in the audience's laps, it spends its best energy throwing a watered-down, imitation-Spielberg story in your face.

Oct 30, 2001 | Full Review…

It represents the pinnacle, so far, of 3-D filmmaking, and even apart from the technology, it's a very watchable little movie.

Oct 30, 2001 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The film is the sort likely to whet active young minds to know more about the past.

Oct 30, 2001 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

It is for all of us who have wondered about this amazing period in our history.

Jan 15, 2003 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for T-Rex: Back to the Cretaceous


This film is good, the story is telling about T-Rex.

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