How to Train Your Dragon Reviews

  • It has winningly Potteresque teen-dragon-slayer classes, a queen-bee dragon as grand as Godzilla, and a layer of age-of-terror allegory about the ignorance bred by jingoism.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • Tenderness, beauty and exhilaration are the movie's great strengths.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • It's a thrilling action-adventure saga with exhilarating 3-D animation, a clever comedy with witty dialogue, a coming-of-age tale with surprising depth and a sweetly poignant tale of friendship between man and animal.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • 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.

    Mike Clark — Washington Post

  • By Odin, they make it work.

    Tom Russo — Boston Globe

  • Honestly, it would take several more dimensions to craft something special out of this adequate but unremarkable animated tale.

    Ella Taylor — Village Voice

  • Though the dragons are cool in their various forms and the battle scenes are epic and exciting, watching two former foes become friends is what really makes the story fly.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • 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.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • The film truly starts to soar when Hiccup takes his first ride on Toothless.

    Nancy Churnin — Dallas Morning News

  • One of the pleasures in this wise, emotionally bold PG ride is there's nary a wink, nudge or nod to popular culture.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • 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.

    Bruce Diones — New Yorker

  • It devotes a great deal of time to aerial battles between tamed dragons and evil ones, and not much to character or story development. But it's bright, good-looking and has high energy.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • The superb cinematographer Roger Deakins served as a visual consultant, pushing the palette to an unusually burnished and sophisticated level. Kids may not notice the visual texture consciously, but adults will. Or should.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Codirectors Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders understand more about visualizing the joy of flight than James Cameron ever will.

    Cliff Doerksen — Chicago Reader

  • [It] The notion of having a pet dragon -- just like a pet whale, or a pet lion -- is a scenario that should appeal to children of all ages.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • 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.

    Tom Horgen — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • 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.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Directors Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders, working from a script based on Cressida Cowell's books, should be credited for the way they develop the friendship between Hiccup and Toothless.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • A thrilling drama interspersed with amusing comedic elements (rather than the other way around).

    Peter Debruge — Variety

  • 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.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

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