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. 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.
  2. Baltimore Sun
    Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Offers jaw-dropping visuals, but its troubling images of violence may cause this revolutionary effort to miss the evolutionary boat.
  3. 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.
  4. It offers a grim view of prehistoric life: Carnivores slaughter herbivores, though we're spared most direct shots of this violence.
  5. 30
    This movie's story must have been computer generated along with its animation.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. May find it hard to sit without embarrassment through this bizarre mixture of paleontology, preposterous anthropomorphism, and fuzzy-headed New Age myth-making in which the only thing missing is the show tunes. Thank God for small favors.
  9. 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.''
  10. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    A truly stunning technical experiment.
  11. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    A cool movie and a must-see for anyone who wants to see the next stage in computer-generated animation. But it could have been so much more.
  12. Reviewed by: Gerg Burk
    There are plenty of gorgeous real-life vistas for adults to look at while stuffing popcorn in their ears to avoid the oversignifyin' music and the hurtin' dialogue.
  13. Los Angeles Times
    Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    A technical amazement that points computer-generated animation toward the brightest of futures, it's also cartoonish in the worst way, the prisoner of pedestrian plot points and childish, too-cute dialogue.
  14. Miami Herald
    Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Unfortunately, disappointingly dull, a lumbering Bore-us-saurus of a movie.
  15. Mr. Showbiz
    Reviewed by: Kevin Maynard
    The script is pure Disney formula. Dinosaur offers next to nothing in the way of variation.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. Portland Oregonian
    Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    If you've seen more films in your life than you have fingers, much of it will be forgotten by the time you floss the last popcorn skin from between your teeth.
  20. Rolling Stone
    Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    In story terms, Dinosaur lays an egg.
  21. 30
    "Bambi" meets "Godzilla": Disney goes for the goo in a by-turns gory and sappy new epic of computer-generated images.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. As luxuriant and intoxicating as a theme park ride; more remarkably, it feels like a real movie.
  26. Time
    Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    Maybe kids will like the movie; their lust for dinolore appears to be insatiable. But the rest of us will yearn for Robin Williams' giddy goofing in "Aladdin."
  27. 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.
  28. An old-fashioned dinosaur opera, in the worst sense of the term. An obviously formulaic effort, designed more as a cash machine than a piece of cinema.
  29. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Susan Wloszczyna
    Fossilized script spoils effects.
  30. 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.
  31. 60
    Dinosaur amounts to 80 minutes of discouraged Cretaceous trudging, punctuated by the occasional fight or stampede and one pyrotechnic coup: a truly thrilling meteor shower.
  32. The occasional big moments are stunning, and kids from the ages of, say, 6 years to 6 years and 3 days will love it. Anyone younger will be scared; anyone older, bored.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 54 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  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.