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Mixed or average reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 30
  2. Negative: 2 out of 30
  1. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Mar 20, 2013
    78
    A spirited and eye-popping stealth charmer.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Hartlaub
    Mar 21, 2013
    75
    Considering the fact that a young girl is picking her nose on the movie poster, The Croods is surprisingly evolved.
  3. Reviewed by: Laremy Legel
    Mar 21, 2013
    75
    This Chris Sanders fellow knows how to craft a heart-warming animation, and if not for a few minor problems this would have had a legitimate shot at the best animated movie of 2013.
  4. Reviewed by: Nell Minow
    Mar 20, 2013
    75
    Familiar family dynamics are amusingly exaggerated in the Paleolithic setting, where the most basic necessities require everyone's full-time attention.
  5. 75
    The first pleasant surprise of spring, a gorgeous kids’ cartoon with heart and wit, if not exactly a firm grasp of paleontology.
  6. Reviewed by: Bob Mondello
    Mar 21, 2013
    70
    As family viewing, it's pleasant enough: primitive, yes, but in a digitally sophisticated way that's boisterous, funny and will no doubt sell a lot of toys.
  7. Reviewed by: Sean Daly
    Mar 27, 2013
    67
    Although The Croods has lazy patches throughout, the conclusion is exciting and, lo and behold, surprising.
  8. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Mar 20, 2013
    67
    The film itself doesn’t practice what it preaches: From the typically blocky DreamWorks CGI to the emphasis on bruising slapstick over verbal wit, The Croods takes the low road at every opportunity, giving lip service to enlightenment while following a Flintstonian instinct to keep punching the clock at the quarry.
  9. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Mar 22, 2013
    63
    Just good, goofy fun, for a generation too young to have met Bamm-Bamm.
  10. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Mar 22, 2013
    63
    More than anything, the striking spectacle of primordial flora and one-of-a-kind fauna makes it easy for audiences to get pleasantly lost in the adventure.
  11. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Mar 21, 2013
    63
    While paying lip service to the spirit of invention and adventure, the movie doesn’t do much for the evolution of children’s animated entertainment.
  12. Reviewed by: Tirdad Derakhshani
    Mar 21, 2013
    63
    The movie is well-edited and lean, a fast-paced, action-filled bit of froth that manages to be diverting and surprisingly fun.
  13. Reviewed by: Tom Russo
    Mar 21, 2013
    63
    Some of the exotic landscape the group trailblazes looks imported from “Avatar” — happily, bringing that immersively dimensionalized, eye-catching quality along with it.
  14. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Mar 21, 2013
    63
    At least there's Cage, who has become an astute voice actor, finding some odd, clever, energetic line readings consistently fresher than The Croods itself.
  15. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Mar 25, 2013
    60
    The Croods isn’t particularly smart, but it has just enough wit to keep us engaged and just enough speed to keep us from feeling restless.
  16. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Mar 21, 2013
    60
    The movie is at its most interesting and amusing when riffing on how cavemen might have reacted to new experiences and ideas, like fire and shoes. Whether the kiddies will appreciate that is unclear, but they’ll certainly like the voice work done by Emma Stone as Eep.
  17. Reviewed by: Miriam Bale
    Mar 21, 2013
    60
    The Croods are not meant to be beauties — they are, after all, a family of Neanderthals. But is the animation meant to be ugly, too?
  18. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Mar 20, 2013
    60
    The jokes only make up for the pedestrian plot for so long. There was a time when animated fare with generic stories sufficed. But now we expect more from them, because they have, pardon the pun, evolved. The Croods, like its title family, hasn’t.
  19. Reviewed by: Keith Staskiewicz
    Mar 20, 2013
    58
    A handful of adrenalizing sequences of animated anarchy can't save this story from feeling overly primitive.
  20. Reviewed by: Jessica Kiang
    Mar 15, 2013
    58
    Though it's impressive in many technical and surface ways, The Croods lets us down on the essentials of character and story, and no amount of late-stage father/daughter bonding or vertiginous 3D cliffside tumbling can make up for that.
  21. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Mar 25, 2013
    50
    It’s "Identity Thief" with flying piranhas, or Plains, Trains & Automobiles on foot.
  22. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Mar 21, 2013
    50
    Good stuff comes when bad stuff happens; that's when some of the movie animation prowess kicks into high gear. But too many of the "solutions" the guys concoct are so impossibly complex or just downright ridiculous — puppetry comes to mind — that like the continents, it's a little too easy to drift away.
  23. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    Mar 20, 2013
    50
    Although state-of-the-art in its rendering of textures, movement and stereography, The Croods, adopts a relatively primitive approach to storytelling with its Flintstonian construction of stock, ill-fitting narrative elements.
  24. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Feb 19, 2013
    50
    Sanders and DeMicco’s script doesn’t have the robust plotting, consistent wit or flavorful character development of the best family animation. And some of the voice actors have too little to work with.
  25. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Mar 26, 2013
    40
    Aside from a few witty Looney Tunes–esque sight gags, such as one hilarious image of a woolly mammoth being swallowed up by the tectonically shifting earth, the stereoscopic visuals are a busy, personality-free digital blur.
  26. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Mar 22, 2013
    40
    The Croods does a lot of things well -- even if it does none of them extraordinarily. The end result is a solidly middle-of-the-road bit of animation -- but the kind that is easily forgotten as soon as something more evolved, and original, comes along.
  27. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Mar 22, 2013
    40
    It's amiable enough, but it makes "The Flintstones" look like it was scripted by Karl Popper.
  28. Reviewed by: James Mottram
    Mar 8, 2013
    40
    But for the most part it’s Neanderthal compared to the Pixar stable.
  29. Reviewed by: Chris Cabin
    Mar 20, 2013
    38
    The film takes more than a few pages from the James Cameron playbook.
  30. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Mar 21, 2013
    25
    I’d like to take back all those times I said Nicolas Cage was one of the most annoying actors on film. It turns out he’s equally terrible when he’s only on the soundtrack. And yet Cage is the least of the problems with The Croods.
User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 221 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 58 out of 65
  2. Negative: 2 out of 65
  1. Mar 24, 2013
    10
    This may be not first or the second best animation i have ever seen. but the movie is very good, it maskes us laugh and happy
  2. Mar 23, 2013
    8
    To be honest, this was better than I expected. I thought it might just a bunch of cavemen walking around a rainforest, but it becomes a magical journey when you see it, I recommend it. Full Review »
  3. Apr 29, 2013
    6
    While not horribly memorable or spectacular, it is a good kids film. The animation is nice and flashy and the characters have nice little arcs throughout. The first 10 minutes were bad and the end was cheesy but the rest of the film is funny and colorful. That'll be enough to entertain your kids and to keep parents from pulling their hair out. Full Review »