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12/8/2014 by Richard CorlissIt's a foolproof scheme for picture making: take the plot elements of favorite movies, paint the concoction with bright colors so it looks like the zazziest customized car, set it running at NASCAR speed, and you have How to Train Your Dragon.
Minneapolis Star Tribune
11/19/2013 by Tom HorgenWhat 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.
11/19/2013 by Stephanie ZacharekToothless has the one precious ingredient that's missing from so many of Hollywood's contemporary animated characters: an air of mystery.
11/19/2013 by Bruce DionesSmartly 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.
5/6/2011 by Christine ChampIt's a Harry Potter-meets-Avatar adventure that should delight most children and adults.
4/4/2011 by James BerardinelliTechnically proficient and featuring a witty, intelligent, surprisingly insightful script, How to Train Your Dragon comes close to the level of Pixar's recent output while easily exceeding the juvenilia Dreamworks has released in the last nine years.
4/1/2010 by Tom HuddlestonThe visuals are striking, the script sharp and well paced and it all wraps up with a breathtaking aerial battle sequence.
Globe and Mail
3/26/2010 by Stephen ColeThis dog can hunt. On the ground. Way-way up in the air. Swimming through clouds breathing fire. Imagine Old Yeller on a hundred pep pills.
3/26/2010 by Amy BiancolliHow 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.
3/26/2010 by Tom LongThe 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.
3/26/2010 by Lisa KennedyOne of the pleasures in this wise, emotionally bold PG ride is there's nary a wink, nudge or nod to popular culture.
New York Times
3/26/2010 by A.O. ScottTenderness, beauty and exhilaration are the movie's great strengths.
Dallas Morning News
3/26/2010 by Nancy ChurninThe film truly starts to soar when Hiccup takes his first ride on Toothless.
3/26/2010 by Bob MondelloWhat gives [this] story emotional heft has to do with a different kind of dimension: a depth of feeling surrounding the Black Stallion-style bonding of boy and beast.
3/26/2010 by Mike ClarkAt 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.
New York Post
3/26/2010 by Kyle SmithThe 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.
3/26/2010 by Linda BarnardWith its messages about acceptance, respect and tolerance, How To Train Your Dragon also brings some lessons of its own, including some valuable tools for doing battle with dragons, should the need arise.
3/26/2010 by Stephen WhittyIt all adds up to a pleasant adventure, and one that doesn't insult parents or children. Lucky kids will find someone to take them this weekend. Even luckier adults will find someone to take.
3/25/2010 by Claudia PuigIt'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.
New York Daily News
3/25/2010 by Joe NeumaierThough 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.
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