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By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Stunning, but can be dark and scary in places.

Movie PG 2000 86 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 4+

Enjoyable, but watch with young kiddos

I watched this with my 4.5-year-old dinosaur-crazy son … and honestly, I was initially nervous about the meteorite strike, fire, running, etc scaring him. However, I think because I watched the entire movie with him the first time, he looked to me for his cues on whether to be worried. He already knew that scientists theorize a meteorite strike is how the dinosaurs went extinct, so we kind of talked through that part……we also talked through several of the carnotaurus parts (think t-rex-ish dinosaurs, if you’re unfamiliar) where other dinosaurs were injured/attacked….and I encouraged some levity by telling him some dinosaurs are LUNCH for other carnivorous dinosaurs. There are some funny parts that I laugh at, but go over his head a bit…but he loves this movie. Literally will act it out as it’s on, pretending to be the lead dinosaur, Aladar (sp?). I think you have to know your own child, how they’ll handle it …and be sure to watch along with them.
age 7+

Luke loves dinosaur 2000

It my favorite movie as a kid I just love the movie

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (11 ):
Kids say (19 ):

Disney worked very hard to make sure that the faces of the dinosaurs were expressive, but should have worked a little harder on giving them some more complex and subtle emotions to express. Aladar just is not that interesting a character. Even in a movie for kids, it's not enough for the characters to overcome some external challenge. What makes a story get into your heart is seeing the characters learn and grow and overcome internal challenges. It is a marvel of skill, but does not have half of the heart or wit of the Toy Story movies or A Bug's Life.

The technological mastery of Dinosaur is dazzling to watch, though, especially the textures. Fur, scales, eggshell, water, and goo are all so vivid you can almost feel them. It is a shame that the story and characters are not as strong as the visuals, though that will be more of a problem for adults than kids.

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