Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 32
  2. Negative: 5 out of 32

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Critic Reviews

  1. For sheer bravura film making, for creating a cartoon world with real air, flesh, blood and the exhilarating cycle of fear and escape, Dinosaur is tops.
  2. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Throughout the history of film, nothing turns campier faster than dinosaur movies. This one will have a much longer shelf life than most.
  3. Too bad they didn't skip the gags and one-liners, along with the songs, and go the distance in making this an authentic dinosaur world.
  4. Doesn't offer anything to adult viewers as thrilling, as shivery, as satisfyingly primal as Steven Spielberg's intricate predator choreography in the original ''Jurassic Park.''
  5. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    An eye-popping visual spectacle that serves up a vivid picture of what the planet might have looked like when reptiles ruled the Earth.
  6. 78
    It's a visually stunning film. For every kid everywhere, and for every adult still a kid at heart, the dinosaurs are the thing, and here, finally, Disney does justice to our dreams.
  7. It offers a grim view of prehistoric life: Carnivores slaughter herbivores, though we're spared most direct shots of this violence.
  8. Philadelphia Inquirer
    Reviewed by: Desmond Ryan
    An undeniable and, indeed, unprecedented technical feat that's a feast for the eye, Dinosaur is less easy on the ear.
  9. San Francisco Examiner
    Reviewed by: Walter Addiego
    Parents should note the PG rating. There's little bloodshed, but several fight scenes, lots of loud roaring and some overwhelming special effects sequences could vex younger viewers.
  10. TNT RoughCut
    Reviewed by: Susannah Breslin
    Does exactly what it should: Take the wee ones on a vicarious trip through an adventure both visually terrifying and emotionally thrilling at the same time.
  11. 75
    I was entertained, and yet I felt a little empty-handed at the end, as if an enormous effort had been spent on making these dinosaurs seem real, and then an even greater effort was spent on undermining the illusion.
  12. New York Post
    Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    An expensive demonstration that all the spectacular effects in the world aren't enough to make a great film - but it's worth seeing for that stunning half-hour alone.
  13. For all the eyepopping splendor and in-your-face reality, this film leaves the viewer unsatisfied and feeling a little cheated out of compelling drama.
  14. As luxuriant and intoxicating as a theme park ride; more remarkably, it feels like a real movie.
  15. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Mark Caro
    Of course, you expect talking animals in a Disney cartoon; you just may not initially realize that Dinosaur is the three-dimensional equivalent of one.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 47 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Nov 10, 2010
    an unforgettable CGI movie from my childhood.
  2. Dec 17, 2011
    Well it is visually dazzling and can be heartwarming, but its thin story makes this a very boring and unentertaining film you wish you hadWell it is visually dazzling and can be heartwarming, but its thin story makes this a very boring and unentertaining film you wish you had never laid eyes on. I give this movie a 56% of a good movie. Full Review »
  3. Sep 22, 2011
    I admit the CGI was extraordinary at the time for an animation. However, the story and characters were not.