Parents' Guide to

My Pet Dinosaur

By Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

A boy, an unusual pet, and an evil military that threatens.

Movie NR 2018 96 minutes
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age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+


Painful to sit through. The acting is bad, the premise is depressing and the story is boring. My kiddo bailed after 10 minutes.

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It isn't the low-budget attempt to recreate a pantheon of prehistoric animals that sinks this earnest effort, it's the routine story, a number of subpar performances, and the ungraceful editing. Far from original, My Pet Dinosaur is a derivative entry in the science fiction subgenre: "boys on bicycles uncover a sinister plot involving aliens or beasts or evil scientists."

The dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures -- particularly little Magnus evolving from baby to adult -- are actually endearing, throwbacks to early efforts before Spielberg and Jurassic Park became the gold standard of such creature features. Still, for kids who are new to this well-worn plot and the cliches of kids still grieving for a lost parent then reconciling with their troubled families, it may be enough to engage them. Caution (and spoiler alert): some of the cruelty perpetrated on Jake's lovable pet may be too much for young or highly sensitive kids.

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