How to Train Your Dragon

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Boasting dazzling animation, a script with surprising dramatic depth, and thrilling 3-D sequences, How to Train Your Dragon soars.



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The son of a Viking chief must capture a dragon in order to mark his passage into manhood and prove his worthiness to the tribe in directors Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois' adaptation of Cressida Cowell's popular children's book. Gerard Butler, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse provide voices for the DreamWorks Animation production. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi


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Critic Reviews for How to Train Your Dragon

All Critics (208) | Top Critics (45) | Fresh (205) | Rotten (3)

  • Based on the book by Cressida Cowell, the movie from writer-director Dean Dubois is funny, well-drawn and imaginatively structured so that adults need have no fear about taking the kids to it.

    Dec 8, 2014 | Full Review…
  • It's a foolproof scheme for picture making: take the plot elements of favorite movies, paint the concoction with bright colors so it looks like the zazziest customized car, set it running at NASCAR speed, and you have How to Train Your Dragon.

    Dec 8, 2014 | Full Review…
  • What we have here is an exhilarating epic that mixes comedic and touching moments with some of the best action sequences ever created with CGI animation.

    Nov 19, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Toothless has the one precious ingredient that's missing from so many of Hollywood's contemporary animated characters: an air of mystery.

    Nov 19, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Smartly dispensing with the usual hubbub of pop references that dot many of these films, the movie offers touching, quiet moments and imaginative, high-flying beauty. It's fantastically entertaining.

    Nov 19, 2013 | Full Review…
  • It's a Harry Potter-meets-Avatar adventure that should delight most children and adults.

    May 6, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for How to Train Your Dragon

  • Mar 09, 2016
    How to Train Your Dragon is definitely one of the best of the Dreamworks library! Featuring a lot of fun, adventure and heart all of which absolutely work here!
    Mr N Super Reviewer
  • Aug 20, 2015
    Whimsical and exciting, How to Train Your Dragon is a high tale of adventure. The story follows a young Viking named Hiccup who trains to fight dragons in order to protect his town from their constant attacks; but secretly he nurses an injured dragon back to health and discovers that they're not the furious beasts that he once thought they were. Featuring the voice talents of Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, and Jonah Hill, the casting is pretty good. And, the animation is quite impressive, with some really interesting character designs. Additionally, John Powell provides a sweeping score that's full of excitement and wonder. At times the film gets a little preachy about being tolerant and understanding, but overall the tone stays fairly lighthearted. Something that the whole family can enjoy, How to Train Your dragon is a lot of fun.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 26, 2014
    A charming, likeable animated story concerning an insecure boy (voiced by Jay Baruchel) who forms an unlikely friendship with a dragon named Toothless after being tasked with capturing one as the last step to becoming a man. The thing that makes this movie so special is its fearlessness and willingness to take big risks that do not fall into the cookie-cutter norm that we have come to accept with some animated films. Because of this, it possesses a degree of unpredictability which proves to be original and much more enjoyable. The voice acting is terrific, and the action scenes are fun and the film's versatility to all age ranges cannot go unnoticed. This is a stellar, near-perfect film.
    Dan S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 05, 2014
    Riveting and visionary tale that gives new life to DreamWorks Animation SKG. How to Train Your Dragon has crisp animation and a compelling story, which helps justify this film to be ranked one of the top animated films for DreamWorks (as well as top animated films of all time). 4.5/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer

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