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Walking With Dinosaurs Reviews

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Todd Gilchrist
TheWrap
December 23, 2013
an insufferable family adventure whose impressive animation is consistently undercut by cartoonish self-awareness.
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Inkoo Kang
Village Voice
December 20, 2013
The only solace from the uninspired characters and crammed-in factoids are the gags about poop and puke - juvenile, yes, but also appropriate for the film's "back to nature" ethos.
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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
December 20, 2013
You'd think it'd be hard to screw up a movie about dinosaurs, and yet Hollywood keeps doing so.
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Susan Wloszczyna
RogerEbert.com
December 20, 2013
A film that is not so much bad-although it is quite bad-as it is utterly inexplicable.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 20, 2013
Walking With Dinosaurs is too good a visual treat to miss, especially if you catch the 3-D version. But don't expect to enjoy the predictable, paper-thin story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
December 20, 2013
You could write "Walking With Dinosaurs'' off as harmless filler for the under-5 set, except that the only female dinosaur, Juniper, exists solely to moon over Patchi, who as a hatchling lost part of an ear to a winged predator.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Peter Debruge
Variety
December 19, 2013
Collee piles on references to such distinctly human concepts as ninjas and ballet, while 21st-century expressions ("Worst migration ever!") and a forgettable selection of pop tunes feel instantly biodegradable.
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
December 19, 2013
The movie looks great, the writing is peppered with moments of wit, and there's even an educational component built in as dinosaur facts are displayed on the screen.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 19, 2013
The photo-realistic look is striking, but the dialogue is occasionally wince-inducing. Think a sub-par Flintstones episode.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
December 19, 2013
However well-intentioned the movie may be, it spills over with flat cutesy humor, making a slog out of an experience that should be filled with wonder.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
December 19, 2013
It's unlikely that a dinosaur wrote the script-the Writers Guild of America makes no provision for Cambrian membership-but this animated feature is dimwitted all the same.
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
December 19, 2013
Aesthetic attention to detail, even when it's painstaking, goes only so far when the content is mediocre.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 19, 2013
The good intentions are fossilized under the cutesy poop.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
December 19, 2013
Walking With Dinosaurs 3D is about as dumbed-down as nature cinema can get (at least their lips don't move), made even worse by stereotyped male-female roles that really do hearken back to the Stone Age.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
December 19, 2013
Kids love dinosaurs. But only the littlest kids will love Walking with Dinosaurs.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
December 19, 2013
Unfortunately the filmmakers must have been worried that the science lesson, though perfectly engaging on a visual level, would bore small children, so the movie is stuffed with glib, unfunny wisecracks along the lines of Shrek.
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
December 19, 2013
Educational content, clever CGI, and John Leguizamo as a prehistoric bird.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.7/10
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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
December 19, 2013
Not only saddles its prehistoric attractions with sassy banter, but also inserts them into an impossibly generic coming-of-age adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
December 18, 2013
Unfortunately, there's no majestic visual this movie can't undercut with bathroom humor as the charmless characters chatter simply to fill the space. Not even aurora borealis is spared.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
December 18, 2013
First-rate CG effects do battle with third-rate dialogue in this 3D adventure based on acclaimed BBC series.