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How to Train Your Dragon Synopsis
The son of a Viking chief must capture a dragon in order to be initiated into his tribe.

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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Rouses you in conventional ways, but it's also the rare animated film that uses 3-D for its breathtaking spatial and emotional...
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Seeing "Dragon" in 3-D really is a must. Its formidable realm of Vikings and dragons and nerds (oh my!) should be enjoyed to the fullest...
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88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Who would have thought a fire-breathing monster could be one of the most adorable on-screen critters since Babe?
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80

NPR

By Bob Mondello
What gives their story emotional heft has to do with a different kind of dimension: a depth of feeling surrounding the Black Stallion-style...
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75

Boston Globe

Finds DreamWorks Animation looking to Viking territory for its next Shrek-sturdy comedy tentpole. By Odin, they make it work.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Has two or three booming and intense action sequences that may leave the littlest audience members more quaking than charmed. But the...
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Works enough miracles of 3-D animation to charm your socks off.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

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The multiply authored screenplay is based very loosely on Cressida Cowell's popular children's books, but it owes just as much to "E.T.:...
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
A 3D movie that will intrigue kids and adults alike but might play raggedly in both camps.
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70

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Makes the most of its format, soaring when its young hero rides on his winged reptilian pal, and full of heart and heroism even when its...
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Fun and creative

By Semy
Very good movie. We liked the effects, the way the dragons moved and flew and the story was great and the music was enthralling. It's a nice change to watch a CG movie that isn't full of current...

How to Train Your Dragon

By Nrsnyu29
I took my 2 boys (aged 8 and 13) to see this movie. We all 3 LOVED it! It kept us all engaged throughout the movie and we never got bored. The characters were cute and funny and the dragons were...

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How to Train Your Dragon

By ghagan26
If you have children, this is a must see. I can blame it on taking the kids, but I thoroughly enjoyed this movie also. The animation was amazing, but the story was also great. We actually watched...

Five Word Review

By shyne3572
GREAT FAMILY MOVIE MUST SEE...

Awesome Movie

By krissyt17
I got the chance to see a special screening of the movie with my 8 year old son. We both thought this movie was great. The special effects were right on the money. The movie was such a great...

How to train your dragon

By Patster
I saw this in regular movie format. Thoroughly enjoyed it - more than I expected to. Kept moving, great animation and the story line can't be beat. Definitely would see it again. Some frightening...

How to Train Your Dragon might be one of the best movies in 2010!

By thesilentcat4
I was very surprised with how great this movie turned out to be! How to Train Your Dragon lands itself among the animation greats with a great and exciting story, great voice acting, and a great...

Heartland Truly Moving Picture Award Winner!

By Heartland TMP
The importance of family relationships and true friendship is explored in this heartwarming story about one boy's test of courage, faith and commitment. The visual effects and clever use of humor,...

By matnorma
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More Info

Rated PG | For some scary images, brief mild language and sequences of intense action
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 7+ Thrilling 3-D adventure sends brains-over-brawn message.
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VIOLENCE & SCARINESS