The Good Dinosaur - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Good Dinosaur Reviews

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April 19, 2017
The Good Dinosaur is not a bad movie: it just not even close to what we expected. [Full review in Spanish]
March 23, 2017
It may not redefine what animated kids' movies are capable of doing, like Inside Out did, but I'll take it over a song-filled princess movie any day.
January 10, 2017
A quality family film and well-made Pixar movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 9, 2017
The Good Dinosaur is unsatisfying, its repetitive themes and lack of memorable moments making it quite forgettable.
July 25, 2016
Even for a Pixar production, this is a technically stunning piece of animation, and there's great use of landscape and water that often provides a stark contrast to the more cuddly central characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
June 5, 2016
Middle-tier Pixar is a lot higher than other middle-tiers.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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