Walking with Dinosaurs: The Movie

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 7+

Thrilling, semi-educational CGI movie with a few scary bits.

PG 2013 87 minutes

Parents say

age 7+

Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 6+

Based on 5 reviews

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age 7+

Almost tragically disappointing given how much potential this project had

Beautifully animated and a wonderful attempt at telling the story of a dinosaur we don't usually get to learn about. However, the writers decided to take a MST3K approach to the main characters and as a result there are nothing but wisecracks and goofiness in place of a compelling story. Worse, this approach led to such great moments as them happily declaring "I guess we're following Major now" seconds after their father tragically dies defending the main characters. We are literally given no time to process this major character's death. And the only female character with dialogue is literally reduced to a helpless damsel and a prize to be fought over and won at the end. In a movie that gave human personalities to the speaking characters they nonetheless decided that the female would have no agency of her own and that her story was totally subordinate to the male. There is no place for this kind of sexism in kids movies these days unless you don't want your children to grow up thinking women are equal to men.
age 7+

Very good dino movie!

A great movie for kids. There are some violent scenes with dinosaurs fighting, so younger kids might be scared. Adults can enjoy this too; there are some annoying voices but overall it was fun.

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