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The Croods Reviews

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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
March 24, 2013
The Croods isn't particularly smart, but it has just enough wit to keep us engaged and just enough speed to keep us from feeling restless.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
March 22, 2013
It captures the wonder (and more gently, the anxiety) of discovery time and time again. And the filmmakers have a hoot playing with the Croods' encounters with, as well as their misunderstandings of, all things new.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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March 22, 2013
As family viewing, it's pleasant enough: primitive, yes, but in a digitally sophisticated way that's boisterous, funny and will no doubt sell a lot of toys.
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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
March 22, 2013
The animation is first-rate, with moments of genuine visual imagination, and the story, while unremarkable, is entirely adequate.
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
March 22, 2013
How to Train Your Dragon" and "Lilo & Stitch" are completely indicative of the experience you'll have with "The Croods," which is to say a supremely positive one.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Kate Erbland
MSN Movies
March 22, 2013
It may not be an instant animated classic, but it's a charmer that will leave the kids ... feeling warm and fuzzy ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 22, 2013
A film which, if not truly sophisticated, isn't nearly as crude as advertised.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
March 22, 2013
The family-dramedy genre that the film inhabits demands a bit more narrative ingenuity than is on display.
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Kevin Lally
Hollywood Reporter
March 22, 2013
Fast-paced, inventive animated comic adventure of a Stone Age family gets an extra boost from the lively vocal performances of stars Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone and Ryan Reynolds.
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Jody Mitori
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 22, 2013
While their situation sounds dire, "The Croods" is not. The DreamWorks animated film has enough slapstick humor, furry sidekicks and zippy 3-D action sequences to keep the story light.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
March 22, 2013
Even the lively visuals and unrelenting thrill-ride pace can't disguise rough-hewn storytelling, or the fact that the tale of a old-fashioned macho cave dad and his family seems a bit yabba-dabba done that already.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 22, 2013
This movie not only has its heart in the right place, it has its brain in the right place.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 22, 2013
I'd like to take back all those times I said Nicolas Cage was one of the most annoying actors on film. It turns out he's equally terrible when he's only on the soundtrack.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
March 22, 2013
"The Croods" is light fare, but it explores a serious theme, if only superficially.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 21, 2013
It's the kind of rib-tickling, emotionally satisfying, universally appealing effort that gives computer animation a good name.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
March 21, 2013
Like the continents, it's a little too easy to drift away.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
March 21, 2013
[It] might even give the little ones something more challenging to think about than its tired main plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
March 21, 2013
The pace is brisk and occasionally slapstick, and some amusing situations stem from the cavemen displaying brawn over brains.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
March 21, 2013
Had the movie figured out a way to stay the less-cliched course, it might have helped the DreamWorks oeuvre take steps toward Pixar's emotional resonance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
March 21, 2013
Considering the fact that a young girl is picking her nose on the movie poster, "The Croods" is surprisingly evolved.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
March 21, 2013
Neither as thrilling nor as funny as it ought to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 21, 2013
The movie is well-edited and lean, a fast-paced, action-filled bit of froth that manages to be diverting and surprisingly fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Miriam Bale
New York Daily News
March 21, 2013
When it gets past the Stone Age humor, this weird film manages to find some gentle revelations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
March 21, 2013
Although state-of-the-art in its rendering of textures, movement and stereography, DreamWorks' latest 3D toon, The Croods, adopts a relatively primitive approach to storytelling.
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
March 21, 2013
In an interesting way, "The Croods" is about storytelling - cave paintings, hints of oral tradition, stumbling upon metaphors - and the impulse to remember amid change. There's something touching in that ...
| Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 21, 2013
"The Croods" rests on the notion of the patriarch who must learn to adapt and let go. (I resent this storyline, for the record.)
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
March 21, 2013
The fact that it constantly undermines its own message doesn't entirely diminish its base appeal.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Nell Minow
Chicago Sun-Times
March 21, 2013
Despite a few too many mother-in-law jokes, "The Croods" nicely makes it clear that even before they had fire, families understood how important it was to cherish and protect each other.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
March 20, 2013
This material could have easily fallen into sitcom clichés with a heaping scoop of anachronism jokes on the side, but The Croods takes these characters and their situation seriously enough to make the story matter.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
March 20, 2013
It's all well enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Keith Staskiewicz
Entertainment Weekly
March 20, 2013
A handful of adrenalizing sequences of animated anarchy can't save this story from feeling overly primitive.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Catherine Bray
Time Out
March 19, 2013
It's all entertaining enough, and will surely sell plenty of stuffed toys. But it winds up a fair few rungs below the likes of 'Brave' on the evolutionary ladder.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
March 18, 2013
"The Croods" is both brisk and beautiful, and should be sufficiently entertaining for family audiences for whom few such options exist these days.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
February 15, 2013
Further back on the evolutionary chain than the Flintstones, and also lagging in the comedy stakes, this sweet Stone Age clan nonetheless will captivate the youngsters.