The Croods Reviews

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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.
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.
Top Critic
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.
March 22, 2013
The animation is first-rate, with moments of genuine visual imagination, and the story, while unremarkable, is entirely adequate.
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.
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 ...
March 22, 2013
A film which, if not truly sophisticated, isn't nearly as crude as advertised.
March 22, 2013
The family-dramedy genre that the film inhabits demands a bit more narrative ingenuity than is on display.
March 22, 2013
DreamWorks has done much better, and Pixar appears to be in a different league altogether.
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.
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.
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
This movie not only has its heart in the right place, it has its brain in the right place.
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
"The Croods" is light fare, but it explores a serious theme, if only superficially.
March 21, 2013
Like the continents, it's a little too easy to drift away.
March 21, 2013
[It] might even give the little ones something more challenging to think about than its tired main plot.
March 21, 2013
A sort of methadone for die-hard Ice Age fans.
March 21, 2013
The pace is brisk and occasionally slapstick, and some amusing situations stem from the cavemen displaying brawn over brains.
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.
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