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The Good Dinosaur Reviews

December 3, 2015
If The Good Dinosaur falls low in the rankings of the company's now 16 titles, it is still leagues finer than the flurry of frenetic colors and screwball pacing of the standard children's animated movie.
December 1, 2015
The Good Dinosaur is the animation behemoth Pixar at its most formulaic and uninspired.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 28, 2015
The Good Dinosaur is by no means a bad movie. But it breaks new ground for Pixar in that it's the studio's first feature that is explicitly-and pretty much exclusively-a kid's movie.
November 27, 2015
The digital landscapes are meant to be breathtakingly beautiful, but they tend to come across more like very expensive screensavers or immersive desktop wallpapers.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
November 26, 2015
I found it desperately disappointing, unoriginal and twee ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 26, 2015
If The Good Dinosaur falls short in the narrative department, it represents a step forward for Pixar's artists.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 25, 2015
OK, it's not pushing the boundaries of storytelling, but it certainly does the job.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Top Critic
November 25, 2015
The characters may look cartoony-and cloyingly cute-but they're wandering through what could be Thomas Hill paintings in panoramic widescreen.
November 25, 2015
As Pixar productions go, this one isn't a groundbreaker, but it's heartfelt and endearing, as well as visually splendiferous, and kids will love it for sure.
November 25, 2015
The resulting film is amiable, pretty, and charming in all the right ways -- even if it ultimately settles for a fairly typical tale of a late bloomer finding his way.
November 25, 2015
The intricately designed settings convey a Miyazaki-like reverence for the natural world, and the hero's longing for his family is affecting, never saccharine.
November 25, 2015
If the story sounds simple, that's because it is. The complexity here is tonal - zig-zagging from silly to scary - and visual: a super-realistic depiction of nature... contrasted with the foam-rubber, glass-eyed vulnerability of our hero.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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November 25, 2015
I didn't love everything about The Good Dinosaur, but I loved visiting the world Pixar made.
November 25, 2015
There's nothing too deep here, but the picture does warm the heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 25, 2015
This fantasy about an apatosaurus named Arlo who must find (and fight) his way back to his family plays a bit like The Odyssey for tykes.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 24, 2015
"The Good Dinosaur" is antic and unexpected as well as homiletic, rife with subversive elements, wacky critters and some of the most beautiful landscapes ever seen in a computer animated film.
November 24, 2015
"The Good Dinosaur" is charmingly different, but its oddness sneaks up on you only after the filmmakers lay out some storybook bona fides.
November 24, 2015
Enjoy it for what it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 24, 2015
Inconsistent and weird, The Good Dinosaur is second-level Pixar all the way.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 24, 2015
Part of the movie would likely make anyone under 10 squirm with boredom. These other parts would make children under 10 (and many adults, too) squirm for a very different reason.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 24, 2015
On a technical level, at least, The Good Dinosaur is the most dazzling Pixar movie yet. As a story, however, it's the studio's weakest by far.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 24, 2015
On its own, it seems fine; just don't compare it to its capable siblings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 24, 2015
The landscapes, beauty and character bonding of "The Good Dinosaur" make it a good bet for a family trip to a theater. But when it comes to leaping to the top of the Pixar heap, "The Good Dinosaur," like its asteroid, just misses.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 24, 2015
The Good Dinosaur is an enjoyable romp, especially when it surprisingly turns into a bizarro western midway through.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 24, 2015
The Good Dinosaur is a good movie for young audiences -- and for parents who want to share a prehistoric moral fable with their children.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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November 24, 2015
Perhaps more than ever before, the animators do the heavy lifting: Every detail, from the gentle bob of a beast's breathing to the fluid shifts of Spot's facial expressions, has been lovingly rendered.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 24, 2015
If the story is uneven, the scenery is consistently pristine.
November 24, 2015
"The Good Dinosaur" has an original concept, disarming emotional heft and features the most impressive visuals in animated cinema to date.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 24, 2015
Small tots will be too taken with all the adorableness to care about this Pixar film's shortcomings.
November 24, 2015
Trying to figure out where "The Good Dinosaur" fits into the Pixar pantheon is a parlor game best put off for later. In the moment the film has to stand on its own, and it does.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 24, 2015
Leave it to Pixar to go back to the prehistoric age to dig up all your feelings, fossilized and otherwise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 24, 2015
The film will satisfy younger viewers, I suppose, but unless your kids are especially gaga over dinosaurs, my guess is that even they will recognize that it is lacking a certain something that separates the great films from the ordinary ones.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 24, 2015
Sun-dappled streams, swaying trees and an almost palpable sense of weather shock with their photorealism-if this is what animation has become, the computers have won.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 24, 2015
It's smart in surprising ways, daring in a few minor ones, moving in the right ones. It's also no Ratatouille or The Incredibles, but what is?
November 24, 2015
Pixar have served up a prehistoric psychedelic western filled with the kind of offbeat larks you don't expect to find in a contemporary kids' movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 23, 2015
Pixar's latest film has the misfortune of following what's perhaps Pixar's greatest.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
November 13, 2015
A visually breathtaking work of computer-generated animation that is ultimately unable to compensate for a disappointingly derivative script.
November 13, 2015
Cross-species bonding may have its limits, but it's hard not to find beauty in a boy-meets-beast saga that, by the end, has made it hard to tell which is which.
November 13, 2015
A fantastic and frequently exhilarating feature that showcases Pixar's greatest strengths: technical brilliance, emotional texture, crossover appeal, and an impish sense of humor that takes the utmost advantage of the animated form.
Full Review | Original Score: 90/100