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
My Pet Dinosaur Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

B-Movie

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

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1 ):
Kids say (1 ):

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.

Movie Details

Inclusion information powered by

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate