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The Croods

Family . Comedy . Adventure . Animation . Fantasy

The Croods is a prehistoric comedy adventure that follows the world's first family as they embark on a journey of a lifetime when the cave that has always shielded them from danger is destroyed. Traveling across a spectacular landscape, the Croods discover an incredible new world filled with fantastic creatures -- and their outlook is changed forever.

Actors: Randy Thom , Chris Sanders , Clark Duke , Cloris Leachman , Catherine Keener , Ryan Reynolds , Emma Stone , Nicolas Cage
Directors: Kirk De Micco , Chris Sanders
Country: USA
Release: 2013-03-22
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  • Kimberley Jones

    A spirited and eye-popping stealth charmer.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Peter Hartlaub

    Considering the fact that a young girl is picking her nose on the movie poster, The Croods is surprisingly evolved.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Laremy Legel

    This Chris Sanders fellow knows how to craft a heart-warming animation, and if not for a few minor problems this would have had a legitimate shot at the best animated movie of 2013. Full Review
  • Nell Minow

    Familiar family dynamics are amusingly exaggerated in the Paleolithic setting, where the most basic necessities require everyone's full-time attention.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    The first pleasant surprise of spring, a gorgeous kids’ cartoon with heart and wit, if not exactly a firm grasp of paleontology.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Bob Mondello

    As family viewing, it's pleasant enough: primitive, yes, but in a digitally sophisticated way that's boisterous, funny and will no doubt sell a lot of toys.

    NPR Full Review
  • Sean Daly

    Although The Croods has lazy patches throughout, the conclusion is exciting and, lo and behold, surprising.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    The film itself doesn’t practice what it preaches: From the typically blocky DreamWorks CGI to the emphasis on bruising slapstick over verbal wit, The Croods takes the low road at every opportunity, giving lip service to enlightenment while following a Flintstonian instinct to keep punching the clock at the quarry.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    Just good, goofy fun, for a generation too young to have met Bamm-Bamm.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    More than anything, the striking spectacle of primordial flora and one-of-a-kind fauna makes it easy for audiences to get pleasantly lost in the adventure.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    While paying lip service to the spirit of invention and adventure, the movie doesn’t do much for the evolution of children’s animated entertainment.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    The movie is well-edited and lean, a fast-paced, action-filled bit of froth that manages to be diverting and surprisingly fun.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Tom Russo

    Some of the exotic landscape the group trailblazes looks imported from “Avatar” — happily, bringing that immersively dimensionalized, eye-catching quality along with it.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    At least there's Cage, who has become an astute voice actor, finding some odd, clever, energetic line readings consistently fresher than The Croods itself.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    The Croods isn’t particularly smart, but it has just enough wit to keep us engaged and just enough speed to keep us from feeling restless.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    The movie is at its most interesting and amusing when riffing on how cavemen might have reacted to new experiences and ideas, like fire and shoes. Whether the kiddies will appreciate that is unclear, but they’ll certainly like the voice work done by Emma Stone as Eep.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Miriam Bale

    The Croods are not meant to be beauties — they are, after all, a family of Neanderthals. But is the animation meant to be ugly, too?

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    The jokes only make up for the pedestrian plot for so long. There was a time when animated fare with generic stories sufficed. But now we expect more from them, because they have, pardon the pun, evolved. The Croods, like its title family, hasn’t.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Keith Staskiewicz

    A handful of adrenalizing sequences of animated anarchy can't save this story from feeling overly primitive.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Jessica Kiang

    Though it's impressive in many technical and surface ways, The Croods lets us down on the essentials of character and story, and no amount of late-stage father/daughter bonding or vertiginous 3D cliffside tumbling can make up for that.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    It’s "Identity Thief" with flying piranhas, or Plains, Trains & Automobiles on foot.

    Time Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    Good stuff comes when bad stuff happens; that's when some of the movie animation prowess kicks into high gear. But too many of the "solutions" the guys concoct are so impossibly complex or just downright ridiculous — puppetry comes to mind — that like the continents, it's a little too easy to drift away.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Staff (Not credited)

    Although state-of-the-art in its rendering of textures, movement and stereography, The Croods, adopts a relatively primitive approach to storytelling with its Flintstonian construction of stock, ill-fitting narrative elements.

    Variety Full Review
  • David Rooney

    Sanders and DeMicco’s script doesn’t have the robust plotting, consistent wit or flavorful character development of the best family animation. And some of the voice actors have too little to work with.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    Aside from a few witty Looney Tunes–esque sight gags, such as one hilarious image of a woolly mammoth being swallowed up by the tectonically shifting earth, the stereoscopic visuals are a busy, personality-free digital blur.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    The Croods does a lot of things well -- even if it does none of them extraordinarily. The end result is a solidly middle-of-the-road bit of animation -- but the kind that is easily forgotten as soon as something more evolved, and original, comes along.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Peter Bradshaw

    It's amiable enough, but it makes "The Flintstones" look like it was scripted by Karl Popper.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • James Mottram

    But for the most part it’s Neanderthal compared to the Pixar stable.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Chris Cabin

    The film takes more than a few pages from the James Cameron playbook.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    I’d like to take back all those times I said Nicolas Cage was one of the most annoying actors on film. It turns out he’s equally terrible when he’s only on the soundtrack. And yet Cage is the least of the problems with The Croods.

    New York Post Full Review
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