Mother Nature experiments with life in the Croodacious era.
" Even the lively visuals and unrelenting thrill-ride pace can't disguise rough-hewn storytelling, or the fact that the tale of a old-fashioned macho cave dad and his family seems a bit yabba-dabba done that already. "
" It captures the wonder (and more gently, the anxiety) of discovery time and time again. And the filmmakers have a hoot playing with the Croods' encounters with, as well as their misunderstandings of, all things new. "
" Had the movie figured out a way to stay the less-cliched course, it might have helped the DreamWorks oeuvre take steps toward Pixar's emotional resonance. "
" 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. "
" How to Train Your Dragon" and "Lilo & Stitch" are completely indicative of the experience you'll have with "The Croods," which is to say a supremely positive one. "
" A film which, if not truly sophisticated, isn't nearly as crude as advertised. "
" This movie not only has its heart in the right place, it has its brain in the right place. "
" 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. "
" The pace is brisk and occasionally slapstick, and some amusing situations stem from the cavemen displaying brawn over brains. "
" The family-dramedy genre that the film inhabits demands a bit more narrative ingenuity than is on display. "
" While their situation sounds dire, "The Croods" is not. The DreamWorks animated film has enough slapstick humor, furry sidekicks and zippy 3-D action sequences to keep the story light. "
" It may not be an instant animated classic, but it's a charmer that will leave the kids ... feeling warm and fuzzy ... "
" The animation is first-rate, with moments of genuine visual imagination, and the story, while unremarkable, is entirely adequate. "
" Considering the fact that a young girl is picking her nose on the movie poster, "The Croods" is surprisingly evolved. "
" [It] might even give the little ones something more challenging to think about than its tired main plot. "
" It's the kind of rib-tickling, emotionally satisfying, universally appealing effort that gives computer animation a good name. "
" "The Croods" is light fare, but it explores a serious theme, if only superficially. "
" Fast-paced, inventive animated comic adventure of a Stone Age family gets an extra boost from the lively vocal performances of stars Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone and Ryan Reynolds. "
" Neither as thrilling nor as funny as it ought to be. "
" Like the continents, it's a little too easy to drift away. "
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