The Croods Reviews

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April 10, 2019
Mildly amusing for kids, never quite entertaining for the adults who will be dragged to it, "The Croods" actually gets the most out of its mediocrity.
May 21, 2018
But The Croods is lazy, reaching for sitcom jokes that were old 20 years ago.
April 14, 2013
It's a lot better than some of the titles aimed at tykes, but anyone older than 10 may be hard pressed to find anything of value here outside of engaging eye candy.
March 25, 2013
An impressive, colorful, imaginatively-designed cartoon adventure, rather spoiled by being shackled to a deeply perfunctory story.
March 24, 2013
The complacency and lack of imagination are painful.
March 23, 2013
The Croods is exactly the sort of animated fare we receive on a monthly basis from Hollywood. On the scale of such efforts, it's pretty good, with an engaging second half making up for a tedious opening stretch.
March 22, 2013
The real problem is the script. Not so much the dialogue, which is functional and occasionally humorous, but more the story itself.
March 22, 2013
Appears to have been market-tested to within an inch of its life, so despite a theme of finding the capacity to evolve, the picture remains mired in the tar pit of formula.
March 22, 2013
The simplistic plot (the migration and father-daughter plotlines are identical to Ice Age: Continental Drift) is so obviously structured that even a Neanderthal can see it coming.
March 22, 2013
The family-dramedy genre that the film inhabits demands a bit more narrative ingenuity than is on display.
March 22, 2013
Bold visually but thumpingly ordinary storytelling.
March 22, 2013
Disappointing.
March 22, 2013
DreamWorks has done much better, and Pixar appears to be in a different league altogether.
March 22, 2013
It does a lot of things well, but nothing extraordinarily. The end result is a solidly middle-of-the-road - and thus forgettable - bit of slapsticky animation.
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.
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.
March 22, 2013
Embodiment of the blandly mediocre as it teases you with the potential of being something better, but never reaching greatness. It's the Dallas Cowboys of the movies.
March 22, 2013
It's product, pure and simple: dependable, disposable and forgotten as soon as it serves its purpose.
March 21, 2013
Insert your own joke here about the caveman movie suffering from a lack of development.
March 21, 2013
It's let down by an unfunny script that makes The Flintstones look sophisticated, and a surprisingly irresponsible message to be aimed at very small children.
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