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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
Considering the fact that a young girl is picking her nose on the movie poster, The Croods is surprisingly evolved.
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75

Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
The first pleasant surprise of spring, a gorgeous kids’ cartoon with heart and wit, if not exactly a firm grasp of paleontology.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

Familiar family dynamics are amusingly exaggerated in the Paleolithic setting, where the most basic necessities require everyone's full-time attention.
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70

NPR

By 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.
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63

Boston Globe

By 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.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By 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.
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63

USA Today

By 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.
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60

New York Daily News

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?
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58

Entertainment Weekly

By Keith Staskiewicz
A handful of adrenalizing sequences of animated anarchy can't save this story from feeling overly primitive.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By 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.
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55 out of 100
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