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The Good Dinosaur Reviews

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Mark Jackson
Epoch Times
June 8, 2016
I personally object to kitschy, green, Mickey-D type plastic toys in a Sam Peckinpah type western setting, but the bottom line is, it's quite a good small-child film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
June 5, 2016
Middle-tier Pixar is a lot higher than other middle-tiers.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
John Lui
The Straits Times (Singapore)
May 25, 2016
The rocks, trees, rivers and mountains are so real and breathtaking, it makes you itch for a pause button to linger and to stare.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Francesca Rudkin
New Zealand Herald
May 16, 2016
While conventional rather than adventurous, it's a simple and sentimental story about a likeable hero who overcomes the odds to become the dinosaur his father always dreamed he'd be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jason Bailey
Flavorwire
April 30, 2016
The script is puzzlingly devoid of wit, the conflicts and character arcs are unimaginative and stale, the pacing is inexorable, and the plotting is rudimentary at best.
J. Olson
Cinemixtape
April 12, 2016
No matter how predictable the journey, the visuals and heart-tugging moments are both timeless and top of the line.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Richard James Havis
South China Morning Post
April 6, 2016
Although it stars friendly dinosaurs, the theme of overcoming fear -- or, in fact, learning to live with fear -- is handled in a more mature way than many live-action features.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 31, 2016
The performances on all fronts are vibrant and thoroughly engaging, while the story - which was stuck in a troubled six-year long production- is unexpectedly simplistic, the overall result still works in its favour.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Roe McDermott
Hot Press
March 11, 2016
While the humour and supporting menagerie of characters feel slightly stale, Arlo and Spot's relationship is a remarkable feat of emotional evolution.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 3, 2016
As sublime as 3D character animation gets.
Full Review | Original Score: Recommended
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
February 28, 2016
It's a beautiful, touching, and exciting tale of learning to grow up in a world where loss and death are a part of life.
Tara Brady
Irish Times
February 23, 2016
The Good Dinosaur is a much better film than Cars but the newer movie's propensity for sentimentality and Americana does indeed recall the earlier, unlovely Pixar adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 23, 2016
It certainly has its charms and is several notches better than a lot of the computer-animated mayhem passed off as children's entertainment these days, but its impact is almost entirely in the moment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeff Beck
The Blu Spot
February 22, 2016
While The Good Dinosaur does have things to admire about it, including beautiful animation and some intriguing characters, it's ultimately one of Pixar's weaker efforts thanks to an overly-familiar story and themes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Roan
The Film Stage
February 20, 2016
A deeply affecting and impossibly beautiful film that is steeped in genuine emotion, colorful characters, and a moving moral message.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Rob Carnevale
Indie London
February 3, 2016
By turns breath-taking to look at and emotionally engaging, the film has to rate as a triumph for the way in which it can appeal to audiences of every age while perhaps relying more on classic storytelling elements.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
January 31, 2016
One of Pixar's more entertaining recent efforts...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 2, 2016
Hyper cartoon design in the foreground and IMAX realism in the background makes an odd dichotomy and it's hard to see the point.
Alex Zane
The Sun (UK)
January 2, 2016
While not up there with Toy Story 3 and The Incredibles as Pixar's best, this is still a warm and wonderfully told tale. Arlo may be The Good Dinosaur but this is a great movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Lowe
FILMINK (Australia)
January 1, 2016
An awesome technical feat, The Good Dinosaur is a very good Pixar film, but not quite a great one, even if it is highly likeable all the same.
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