The Good Dinosaur

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The Good Dinosaur delivers thrillingly beautiful animation in service of a worthy story that, even if it doesn't quite live up to the lofty standards set by Pixar, still adds up to charming, family-friendly entertainment.

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"The Good Dinosaur" asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of. (C) Disney

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Critic Reviews for The Good Dinosaur

All Critics (214) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (163) | Rotten (51)

  • Filled with a visual and emotional magic and majesty that touches the senses and the heart, The Good Dinosaur is 'Dino-Rrific'!!

    November 29, 2019 | Full Review…
  • What rises the entertainment quality of The Good Dinosaur above what is unquestionably derivative are those encounters, and the environments in which they experience them.

    October 17, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • A visually gorgeous, minimalist survival Western filled with weirdos, danger, and surprisingly mature themes.

    September 1, 2019 | Full Review…
  • For me, The Good Dinosaur will be a pleasant, forgettable experience. But for some kid out there, it's going to be the first time they grappled with the concept of mortality. In that sense, the movie may not be that good, but at least it's doing good.

    July 9, 2019 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • It works fine on its own and is an entertaining and occasionally moving children's film, it just feels a bit more anonymous than the high quality we've come to expect from Pixar.

    July 5, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Innovation and imagination prove to be as extinct as pterodactyls in the modern world.

    June 20, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Good Dinosaur

  • Sep 03, 2017
    Somewhat cartoonishly simplified animal and dinosaur characters and a plot we've seen many times before made for Pixar's least successful film of recent years. That doesn't mean this is a failure, there are moments of excitement, a very sweet and touching ending and beautifully animated landscapes. Especially children can experience a thrilling adventure here, only adults may have a harder time relating to the film than many former Pixar hits.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • May 14, 2017
    A family fun movie which entertains to the very end.
    Film C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 28, 2016
    It is dazzling to look at (if you don't mind about all those rubber-looking characters), but Pixar aims too low with this derivative animation made for very small children - a silly, predictable and forgettable movie about facing your fears, the importance of family and whatever, who cares.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 08, 2016
    A weak film by Pixar's standards - also borrows liberally from The Lion King.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer

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