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  • Summary: When Paleontologist Peter Larson and his team from the Black Hills Institute made the world's greatest dinosaur discovery in 1990, they knew it was the find of a lifetime; the largest, most complete T. rex ever found. But during a ten-year battle with the U.S. government, powerful museums,When Paleontologist Peter Larson and his team from the Black Hills Institute made the world's greatest dinosaur discovery in 1990, they knew it was the find of a lifetime; the largest, most complete T. rex ever found. But during a ten-year battle with the U.S. government, powerful museums, Native American tribes, and competing paleontologists they found themselves not only fighting to keep their dinosaur but fighting for their freedom as well. Expand
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  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Jan 16, 2014
    83
    Douglas Miller's Dinosaur 13 is both awe-inspiring and tragic. Conventionally made but featuring an undeniably compelling story at its core, Miller’s debut benefits greatly from the combination of passion and sadness embedded in its subjects’ tale.
  2. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Aug 12, 2014
    80
    In its early scenes, Dinosaur 13 works nearly as well as a certain Steven Spielberg thriller, creating the giddy, ominous mood of past and present colliding in excitement.
  3. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Aug 21, 2014
    75
    Sue wins out, and the film is worth seeing, if only for the reminder of how badly justice can miscarry if enough millions are spent by the U.S. government.
  4. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    May 19, 2014
    70
    Engaging characters and the persistent appeal of dinosaurs benefit the doc, whose Byzantine legal content might otherwise be off-putting.
  5. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Aug 14, 2014
    70
    Guaranteed to fan antigovernment sentiments among its audiences, Dinosaur 13 is less about paleontology than it is about prosecutorial overreach, political gamesmanship, dinosaur swindlers and true crime — if in fact crimes were even committed, and/or committed by the people accused.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike McCahill
    Sep 22, 2014
    60
    If it all feels too anomalous to seal its case against today's big legal and corporate predators, it never lacks for diverting turns and quirks.
  7. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    Aug 15, 2014
    38
    Mostly, Dinosaur 13 is far too long, slogging along without momentum or suspense. These events would have been better handled in a single installment of Dateline.

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  1. Nov 4, 2014
    7
    This is truly one of the best documentaries made. The story is both awe inspiring and shocking. It is a story that not many people know of andThis is truly one of the best documentaries made. The story is both awe inspiring and shocking. It is a story that not many people know of and hence makes it a must watch. Expand