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The Croods

MPAA Rating: PG

Runtime: 1 hour 38 minutes (98 minutes)

Rated PG for some scary action.

Genres: Action, Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family

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4 out of 5

The Croods Review

What's Good:
Animatic experience, visual imagination, action, adventure, fun, surprising moments, and the story... unremarkable.
What's Bad:
We can't think of any, but some may feel anime to be not as evolved as modern day animation.
Verdict:
This movie has both its heart and brain in the right place.
Watch or Not:
Definitely watch it for fast-paced, warm and adventurous story.

Audience Ratings for The Croods

57.0%
46 Ratings
1 2 3 4 5
hate it don't like it it's ok it's good it's great

Plot Summary

The Croods is a prehistoric comedy adventure that follows the world’s first family as they embark on a journey of a lifetime when the cave that has always shielded them from danger is destroyed. Traveling across a spectacular landscape, the Croods discover an incredible new world filled with fantastic creatures -- and their outlook is changed forever.

Critics Reviews for The Croods

69 Critics like this movie.
Reviews Counted: 29 | Positive Review: 20 | Negative Review: 9 | Average Rating: 3.2/5

It captures the wonder (and more gently, the anxiety) of discovery time and time again. And the filmmakers have a hoot playing with the Croods' encounters with, as well as their misunderstandings of, all things new.
Critic Score: 3.5/4

March 22, 2013 Full Review
Lisa Kennedy
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

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.

March 22, 2013 Full Review
Bob Mondello
Bob Mondello
NPR

The animation is first-rate, with moments of genuine visual imagination, and the story, while unremarkable, is entirely adequate.

March 22, 2013 Full Review
Christopher Orr
Christopher Orr
The Atlantic

How to Train Your Dragon" and "Lilo & Stitch" are completely indicative of the experience you'll have with "The Croods," which is to say a supremely positive one.
Critic Score: B

March 22, 2013 Full Review
Laremy Legel
Laremy Legel
Film.com

It may not be an instant animated classic, but it's a charmer that will leave the kids ... feeling warm and fuzzy ...
Critic Score: 3/5

March 22, 2013 Full Review
Kate Erbland
MSN Movies

A film which, if not truly sophisticated, isn't nearly as crude as advertised.
Critic Score: 2.5/4

March 22, 2013 Full Review
Stephen Whitty
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

The family-dramedy genre that the film inhabits demands a bit more narrative ingenuity than is on display.

March 22, 2013 Full Review
Richard Corliss
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

Fast-paced, inventive animated comic adventure of a Stone Age family gets an extra boost from the lively vocal performances of stars Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone and Ryan Reynolds.

March 22, 2013 Full Review
Kevin Lally
Hollywood Reporter

Even the lively visuals and unrelenting thrill-ride pace can't disguise rough-hewn storytelling, or the fact that the tale of a old-fashioned macho cave dad and his family seems a bit yabba-dabba done that already.
Critic Score: 2.5/4

March 22, 2013 Full Review
Liam Lacey
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

This movie not only has its heart in the right place, it has its brain in the right place.
Critic Score: B

March 22, 2013 Full Review
Tom Long
Tom Long
Detroit News

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.
Critic Score: 1/4

March 22, 2013 Full Review
Kyle Smith
Kyle Smith
New York Post

"The Croods" is light fare, but it explores a serious theme, if only superficially.
Critic Score: 2.5/4

March 22, 2013 Full Review
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

It's the kind of rib-tickling, emotionally satisfying, universally appealing effort that gives computer animation a good name.
Critic Score: 3.5/4

March 21, 2013 Full Review
Colin Covert
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Like the continents, it's a little too easy to drift away.
Critic Score: 2.5/5

March 21, 2013 Full Review
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times

[It] might even give the little ones something more challenging to think about than its tired main plot.
Critic Score: 3/5

March 21, 2013 Full Review
Neil Genzlinger
New York Times

The pace is brisk and occasionally slapstick, and some amusing situations stem from the cavemen displaying brawn over brains.
Critic Score: 2.5/4

March 21, 2013 Full Review
Claudia Puig
Claudia Puig
USA Today

Had the movie figured out a way to stay the less-cliched course, it might have helped the DreamWorks oeuvre take steps toward Pixar's emotional resonance.
Critic Score: 2.5/4

March 21, 2013 Full Review
Tom Russo
Boston Globe

Considering the fact that a young girl is picking her nose on the movie poster, "The Croods" is surprisingly evolved.
Critic Score: 3/4

March 21, 2013 Full Review
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle

Neither as thrilling nor as funny as it ought to be.
Critic Score: 2/4

March 21, 2013 Full Review
Peter Howell
Peter Howell
Toronto Star

The movie is well-edited and lean, a fast-paced, action-filled bit of froth that manages to be diverting and surprisingly fun.
Critic Score: 2.5/4

March 21, 2013 Full Review
Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer

When it gets past the Stone Age humor, this weird film manages to find some gentle revelations.
Critic Score: 3/5

March 21, 2013 Full Review
Miriam Bale
New York Daily News

Although state-of-the-art in its rendering of textures, movement and stereography, DreamWorks' latest 3D toon, The Croods, adopts a relatively primitive approach to storytelling.

March 21, 2013 Full Review
Leslie Felperin
Variety

In an interesting way, "The Croods" is about storytelling - cave paintings, hints of oral tradition, stumbling upon metaphors - and the impulse to remember amid change. There's something touching in that ...
Critic Score: 3/4

March 21, 2013 Full Review
Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

"The Croods" rests on the notion of the patriarch who must learn to adapt and let go. (I resent this storyline, for the record.)
Critic Score: 2.5/4

March 21, 2013 Full Review
Michael Phillips
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

Despite a few too many mother-in-law jokes, "The Croods" nicely makes it clear that even before they had fire, families understood how important it was to cherish and protect each other.
Critic Score: 3/4

March 21, 2013 Full Review
Nell Minow
Chicago Sun-Times

It's all well enough.
Critic Score: 3/5

March 20, 2013 Full Review
Bill Goodykoontz
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

A handful of adrenalizing sequences of animated anarchy can't save this story from feeling overly primitive.
Critic Score: C+

March 20, 2013 Full Review
Keith Staskiewicz
Entertainment Weekly

"The Croods" is both brisk and beautiful, and should be sufficiently entertaining for family audiences for whom few such options exist these days.
Critic Score: 2.5/4

March 18, 2013 Full Review
Christy Lemire
Christy Lemire
Associated Press

Further back on the evolutionary chain than the Flintstones, and also lagging in the comedy stakes, this sweet Stone Age clan nonetheless will captivate the youngsters.

February 15, 2013 Full Review
David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter

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