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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, Native American tribes, and competing paleontologists they found themselves not only fighting to keep their dinosaur but fighting for their freedom as well. Expand
  • Director: Todd Douglas Miller
  • Genre(s): Adventure, Drama, Thriller, Documentary
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 95 min
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  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: Kim Newman
    Aug 11, 2014
    80
    Like "The Cover" and "Man On Wire," this documentary comes clad in the garb of a thriller. And a heck of a good one at that.
  3. Reviewed by: Susan Wloszczyna
    Aug 15, 2014
    75
    To reveal too many details of this “Law & Order” meets “Jurassic Park” procedural, especially what eventually happens to Sue, sort of dilutes the thriller aspect of the story. I suggest resisting the urge to Google if you plan to see the doc. I did and was glad to be in the dark.
  4. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Aug 13, 2014
    70
    This is not one of those Eisenhower-Little Rock moments where you get to feel warm and fuzzy about the power of the state being on the right side of history.
  5. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Aug 15, 2014
    67
    The actions of both these vilified parties are so seemingly irrational that you're left feeling there must be some explanation, one that director Todd Douglas Miller either couldn't or wouldn't ferret out.
  6. Reviewed by: Ed Frankl
    Aug 14, 2014
    60
    For the most part, Dinosaur 13 is highly absorbing - some of the decisions that come against Larson are truly shocking - but it does lack in places as a piece of documentary journalism.
  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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  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 and hence makes it a must watch. Expand

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