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Awesome: 12.66%
Worth A Look: 24.05%
Pretty Bad: 2.53%
Total Crap: 7.59%

7 reviews, 37 user ratings

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by Scott Weinberg

"Two reviews for one movie!"
3 stars

Dinosuar presents a real dilemma for a critic: While the visual aspects of the movie are jaw-droppingly impressive, the overbaked script is too familiar and the plot is simply a retread. So in the interest of fairness, I hope to judge this movie on its separate components, one being purely visual and the other being the tired story.

A. Visually: If you're not amazed by the talents of the animators in this movie, you're just too hard to impress. The artists have taken the dinosaurs from Jurassic Park and simply placed them in their natural habitat. The attention to the smallest detail is readily apparent, and the artists who created this movie deserve all the praise imaginable. The prehistoric landscapes and creatures, the meteor showers and fight sequences are wonderfully realized. It's obvious no expense was spared regarding the visual scope of Dinsoaur.

Which makes it all the more disappointing, when you finally realize that you're just watching The Lion King or Bambi all over again.

B. Everything else: If you've ever seen any 3 Disney animated features, you've seen Dinosaur. There's the plucky hero who's been raised by a different species, the wisecracking sidekick, the nurturing mother figure, the gruff but misundersood nemesis and the overtly evil villain. (Something that annoyed me was that the 'villain' here was the only dinosaur who acted like a REAL animal! Since when is eating to stay alive an act of EVIL?)

We get the 'stick together and fight' message, the 'different isn't BAD' lesson and the 'youth always knows more than experience does' lesson. It's like the Disney screenwriters throw darts at various tired 'themes' and simply parade them out as a skeleton for all the visual splendor to rest upon. There's nothing in this movie that will impress, unless it deals directly with the visual aspect. When the dinosaurs all band together to repel a huge predator, we don't get thrilled that they're all 'standing together'; We think 'Oooh. That looks neat!'

If Hollywood movies like Wild Wild West and The Haunting can be dismissed as 'pathetic CGI displays' (and they certainly are), then when will Disney be held accountable for movies that are basically nothing more than computer programs. It's ironic that the very thing that makes Dinosaur so impressive (the animation) is the same thing that proves it's not that good of a movie. If a company can spend $120 million bucks on flawless visual storytelling, certainly they can afford a better script than THIS! But Disney doesn't like to rock the boat with their 'big animated event' movies, so I'm curious to see how they'll try to top Dinosaur. ("Hey guys? We literally CAN'T improve the animation how about working on a good PLOT next time around? I'm fired, aren't I?")

When you HAVE to separate a movies visual aspect from its dramtic side, it's already a mess. While the animation is 5-stars across the board, the Disney 'script blueprint' drags the whole movie down. When it hits DVD, I recommend watching it muted, with some good music in the background instead.

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User Comments

3/23/12 Quigley Painfully unfunny and a very tired story. The visuals and animation are incredible, though. 3 stars
8/30/09 CTT Too close to "The Land Before Time," but still good stuff 4 stars
8/29/08 Shaun Wallner My daughter loves this movie! 5 stars
8/10/06 Dragon The Artist Yet another mushfest, moral laced Disney flick,but Iliked it as a child. 3 stars
7/12/06 Matthew Sutton Hey Joe you suck, Dinosaur is the greatest 5 stars
6/28/06 joe koski BOO you stink!!! 1 stars
11/11/05 Mark Radburn I love Disney Dinosaur better than Finding Nemo. 5 stars
8/17/05 ES Good, the whole 'Dinosaurs as humanitarians' thing was a stretch but the kids love it 4 stars
7/05/05 Ben Farmillo Extremely Well-made movie. A masterpiece 5 stars
2/27/05 Dr. Lecter rescued by its wondrous JNH music 3 stars
1/09/05 Luke Blackadder Dinosaur is more, more more fun than Boring Ice Age 5 stars
11/27/04 Steven Brady Totally Awesome one of Disney's Greatest 5 stars
11/01/04 Mark This is The World's Greatest Disney Movie ever 5 stars
10/25/04 DM Boring, overwrought and preachy - some good bits, though 2 stars
4/25/04 Alex A normal film 3 stars
2/03/03 Turtle Don't gimme that crap about the CGI. See it for what it is: A big pile of dino droppings. 1 stars
1/01/02 Andrew Carden Boring and Badly Worked Cartoon. 1 stars
10/16/01 Connoisseur pathetically boring and uninvolving! perhaps the flattest characters ever in a movie! 1 stars
4/09/01 Gary Looks real, but I have to agree that Disney is dead. Very boring. 3 stars
2/08/01 Mario Rodgers Anybody who grades this higher than Land Before Time needs his brain retooled. 3 stars
12/28/00 Turtle Disney is dead. 1 stars
9/09/00 Jed Over-simplistic storyline is a tiny complaint. A great movie for this year. 5 stars
7/05/00 Mic "JP" meets "TLK" meets "Tarzan". Ordinary, formulaic plot, but awesome animation! 3 stars
6/25/00 Purple Monster "Jurassic Park" meets "The Lion King" !!!! 3 stars
6/05/00 Jed So it has a simple story. SO WHAT! THIS MOVIE IS GREAT! 5 stars
5/27/00 PhilmPhreak See it for the animation - NOT the story! 4 stars
5/26/00 Maclay01 They shouldn't have stared talking - Walt would've done it that way 3 stars
5/24/00 grunter "Land Before Time" done on an eMac - at least they didn't sing this time 3 stars
5/23/00 ladislau masterpiece! dreamworks should hide for a while... 5 stars
5/22/00 k.tomkowski Dumb plot, too naive and predictable even for kids! A wasted chance. 4 stars
5/22/00 The Bomb 69 visuals were the best ever, writing was simplistic 4 stars
5/21/00 Cinesuerte Land Before Time 2000 if only there was a version with no talking that would be a HIT 4 stars
5/21/00 Captain Highcrime I hear in the sequel, the dinosaurs on going to appear on "Millioniare." 4 stars
5/21/00 Blackbird Great CG, but couldn't balance realism with family fare. Gave me mixed feelings 3 stars
5/19/00 John The best movie ever 1 stars
5/17/00 The Rock Mesa thinks the Love Monkey was Jar-Jar Binks II 2 stars
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  19-May-2000 (PG)


  15-Jun-2000 (PG)

Directed by
  Eric Leighton
  Ralph Zondag

Written by

  D.B. Sweeney
  Kiefer Sutherland
  Joan Plowright
  Alfre Woodard
  Samuel E. Wright
  Juliana Maguiles

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