Parents' Guide to

Dinosaur Island

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Uneven time-travel adventure has peril, mild violence.

Movie NR 2015 82 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 8+

Easy watch but wouldn’t watch it again!

Watched with my 8.5 year old, having recently watched Jurassic Park 1 & 2 this definitely isn’t as good but it’s ok. Time travelling aspect was a bit confusing. Acting was not great but my son didn’t notice. Dinosaur animation were good, liked that they had feathers & my son especially liked the Mimius.
age 7+

Great for Dino lovers

Just watched this with my 5 1/2 year old. He loves dinosaurs and pretending they are eating each other. This movie had just the right amount of dinosaurs acting realistically but no gore. (Similar action/scary scenes as “How to train your dragon”) However he didn’t understand the concept of time travel so didn’t get the plot. There is a number of very brief sophisticated dialogues about geology and palaeontology but then rephrased in every day language, otherwise the majority of the language was aimed at junior audiences which made it a little precocious from an adults perspective. We will probably watch it again for the great dino scenes but won’t be a regular family favourite.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3):
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Kids may enjoy this adventure of two scrappy kids taking on a magical prehistoric land of predators and oddities. But even fantasies are best when they're logical or based on some sense of truth from within the designated fantastical notion. In this case, everything has simply either been dropped onto or happens on Dinosaur Island (lost kids; dinosaurs; man-eating plants; time travel; airplane relics from the past, present, and future; a glowing crystal with mystical powers; a tribe of African boys). The kids discover, battle, or befriend all those they encounter with no explanation other than "it's magic" and with no connectedness between creatures or events. Then, when one considers the low-budget nature of the production, the primitive CGI, and some stilted, amateurish performances, it's clearly, at best, a film for action or dinosaur fans with moderate expectations.

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