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Reviews: The Good Dinosaur (2015)

good_dinosaurHere are review links for this film submitted by our members:

  • José Arce @ [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: A Pixar le entran las prisas comerciales y presenta su segunda película de 2015. Igualar la calidad de “Del revés” era complicado, y ciertamente esta aventura prehistórica se queda muy lejos de aquella proponiendo excelencia técnica y escasez argumental. Regular.
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: The Good Dinosaur’ isn’t necessarily a bad movie — and, credit where due, it looks amazing, full of inventive compositions, gorgeous movement (a sequence of Arlo and Spot running through a flock of seagulls is a jaw-dropper), and convincing creatures. But the script is puzzlingly devoid of wit, the conflicts and character arcs are unimaginative and stale, the pacing is inexorable, and the plotting is rudimentary at best.
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice
    • Excerpt: A dinosaur with a good heart, learns the meaning of courage on his way home after many adventures.
  • Francisco Cangiano @ CineXpress [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Aunque Inside Out es el filme superior por bastante, The Good Dinosaur sí nos ofrece una divertida y sentimental excursión, llena de hermosos visuales y personajes adorables. La misma incluye una animación CGI tan increíble que te dejará con la boca abierta. La relación entre Arlo y Spot es una muy adorable, que sin dudas generará risas y lagrimas entre la audiencia. Con The Good Dinosaur, Pixar se apunta otro esfuerzo sólido, que tendrá bastante éxito con los jovencitos, al igual que con los adultos.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: In these times of helicoptering parenting and trigger warnings, a film whose theme is overcoming your fears is a refreshing message.
  • David Crow @ Den of Geek
    • Excerpt: I wish that I could say that this has all proven unfounded. But while The Good Dinosaur has been sorely undervalued by industry cynics, I’d be lying if I declared this another Pixar triumph.
  • Andy Crump @ Paste Magazine
    • Excerpt: Beautiful though it may be, THE GOOD DINOSAUR is lacking, not just compared to INSIDE OUT, but to the best of Pixar’s filmography.
  • [New – 2/12/16] | Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog
    • Excerpt: As great as it looks, the story never quite coalesces into anything worthy of the data expended in telling it.
  • Susan Granger @
    • Excerpt: Subversively sweet, recommended as an imaginative diversion for dinosaur-obsessed youngsters…
  • Vadym Grygoriev @
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: These lessons have certainly been done before. But delve deeper and what the studio has done here is no less magical that some of their very best.
  • Courtney Howard @
    • Excerpt: While the tale isn’t the most memorable, the environs created are astounding.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @
    • Excerpt: Shamefully banal, and such a confused mess that I cannot even figure out what the title is supposed to mean. Almost a slap in the face to Pixar fans after the triumph of Inside Out.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: The Land Before Time meets The Croods. The visuals eclipse the story but there is plenty of humor to munch on if you’re the parent assigned to escort the kids.
  • Steve Katz @ The Alpha Primitive
    • Excerpt: The screenplay has only one credit (Meg LeFauve), but is underwritten by a worryingly massive five story credits that point to too many cooks in the kitchen shoving ideas into a blender that can’t smooth out the chunks.
  • Oktay Kozak @ Oregon Herald
  • Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @
  • Dan Lybarger @
    • Excerpt: It’s only fitting that The Good Dinosaur, a movie about facing one’s fears, gets a little scary. Fortunately, the minds at Pixar are well practiced at handling tricky emotions.
  • Alan Mattli @ Facing the Bitter Truth [German]
    • Excerpt: It’s painfully obvious how long this bizarre movie was stuck in development hell.
  • Jared Mobarak @ Jared Mobarak Reviews
    • Excerpt: It’s way too esoteric for children to appreciate a subtle message that goes beyond mere friendship between Arlo and young cave-child Spot and the character design and humor too hokey for adults. It therefore exists in a purgatory of specified tastes generally reserved to the independent cinema crowd—not the mainstream audience base that serves as Disney/Pixar’s lifeblood.
  • Eduardo Monteiro @ Cinema Sem Erros [Portuguese]
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: A sight for ‘saur eyes…
  • Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
  • Kristy Puchko @ Pajiba, Comic Book Resources
    • Excerpt: I wasn’t prepared for Pixar to put out a movie that had me yelping with fear and gaping in horror. I was not prepared for the depressing drama of The Good Dinosaur.
  • Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: It’s perfectly agreeable and, of course, technically masterful, but in narrative terms it’s pretty conventional, paling beside Pixar’s more imaginative efforts.
Updated: February 11, 2016 — 9:05 pm
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