How to Train Your Dragon Reviews

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December 8, 2014
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.
December 8, 2014
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.
November 19, 2013
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.
November 19, 2013
Toothless has the one precious ingredient that's missing from so many of Hollywood's contemporary animated characters: an air of mystery.
November 19, 2013
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.
May 6, 2011
It's a Harry Potter-meets-Avatar adventure that should delight most children and adults.
April 4, 2011
Technically proficient and featuring a witty, intelligent, surprisingly insightful script, How to Train Your Dragon comes close to the level of Pixar's recent output while easily exceeding the juvenilia Dreamworks has released in the last nine years.
April 2, 2010
An enjoyable family movie, with some great flight sequences - and there's an interestingly realistic sense of the dangers involved in risking your neck for others.
April 2, 2010
The film looks terrific. The colours burst out of the screen like fireworks and the opening dragon attack sequence is genuinely exhilarating.
April 1, 2010
The visuals are striking, the script sharp and well paced and it all wraps up with a breathtaking aerial battle sequence.
April 1, 2010
A sweet David vs Goliath tale that has the heart that most animated films don't bother to attempt to find.
March 26, 2010
This dog can hunt. On the ground. Way-way up in the air. Swimming through clouds breathing fire. Imagine Old Yeller on a hundred pep pills.
March 26, 2010
How to Train Your Dragon uses its whiz-bang technology to amplify feelings as well as dimension and scale. The big optical wow is only the half of it.
March 26, 2010
The 3-D throughout How to Train Your Dragon is perhaps the best match with animation yet -- exhilarating when it's supposed to be, yet integrated into the film rather than seemingly pasted on.
March 26, 2010
One of the pleasures in this wise, emotionally bold PG ride is there's nary a wink, nudge or nod to popular culture.
March 26, 2010
Tenderness, beauty and exhilaration are the movie's great strengths.
March 26, 2010
The film truly starts to soar when Hiccup takes his first ride on Toothless.
Top Critic
March 26, 2010
What gives [this] story emotional heft has to do with a different kind of dimension: a depth of feeling surrounding the Black Stallion-style bonding of boy and beast.
March 26, 2010
At a time when Hollywood seems to be releasing everything this side of Dead Sea Scrolls documentaries in 3-D, How to Train Your Dragon is a briskly paced computer-animated entertainment that uses the format to maximum effect, the way Avatar does.
March 26, 2010
The one interesting aspect of the movie, apart from the design, is that it puts so much effort into projecting a moral, such as it is.
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