Sorry, you'll have to settle for animated versions of the stars in “The Croods,” a 3-D family adventure that evidently exists to depict the invention of people being smacked in the face. By a boulder.
The Croods is the hectic story of an ancient family that has survived - unlike other families - by being wary and staying in their cave as monsters prowl at night. They constantly bicker.
The Croods opens with a visual reminder that spiffy digital animation actually belongs to an ancient line of storytelling methods that can be traced back to cave-wall paintings. These doodles helped pass narratives down from one generation to the next.
One Guy's Opinion
The animation is excellent in DreamWorks’ new animated kidflick. It’s a pity that the script isn’t remotely in the same league. Though based on a story credited to John Cleese as well as directors Chris Sanders and Kirk DeMicco...
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
THE CROODS are a stone-age family that doesn’t quite live up to “The Flintstones” at first glance. We first meet them spending most of their nights and days hiding in a cave.
If "The Croods" is an example of what's supposed to be prehistoric comedy, then the genre should be allowed to become extinct. There's the potential for humor, but it never develops beyond a few sight gags that will entertain the pre-school crowd.
The animation in The Croods may utilize the latest CGI technology, but the character types and plot points are so archaic they could have been painted on the walls at Lascaux.
Grug Crood faces the familiar challenges of any parent. He works hard to feed his wife and three kids, he can’t stand his live-in mother-in-law and he butts heads with his teen daughter.
This latest feature from Dreamworks began life as an Aardman production, with a script from De Micco and Cleese. When Aardman dropped the project in 2007, Dreamworks brought early-90s Disney stalwart (and more recent co-writer/director of the...
Are you better off than you were four million years ago? That's the evolutionary question playfully posed by The Croods, a visually-captivating, action-oriented cartoon revolving around an agoraphobic clan of cave dwellers that summons up the...
I have to admit that nothing about "The Croods" seemed that interesting to me. It had a cool 3D poster in the theater, but beyond that it wasn’t on my radar at all. So I was a bit surprised by how much my family and I enjoyed it.
Eric D. Snider
“The Croods” is an ABC sitcom that somehow got turned into a cartoon and released in movie theaters. It’s about a family of cavemen: barrel-chested, authoritative father Grug (voiced by Nicolas Cage); long-suffering, secretly-the-smart-one mother Ugga...
Good cartoons know that we’re in on the joke, that all the surreal actions will satisfy our basic funny bone. Great cartoons give us a little bit more, an empathy or a story that really goes beyond expectations. “The Croods” is a great cartoon...
The Croods takes more than a few pages from the James Cameron playbook. Though centered on a family of prehistoric cave people, led by paterfamilias Grug (Nicholas Cage), on the cusp of an extinction-level event, the film's most rousing sequences...
You won’t hate yourself for sitting through The Croods. It doesn’t shame cinema by its existence, it won’t turn your children into deviant sociopaths (unless they were that way already) and its lessons, while trite and one-note, certainly merit...
Sacramento News & Review
A prehistoric family is forced to face the outside world when their teenage daughter (voiced by Emma Stone) meets a handsome stranger (Ryan Reynolds). It's recycled Flintstones, only without even the meager inspiration of that oldie-but-not-very-goodie.
The A.V. Club
In the animated adventure-comedy The Croods, the eponymous family of Neanderthals is forced to leave the relative safety of their cave, where they’ve successfully dodged the adapt-or-die proposition that has wiped off their equally less evolved neighbors.
"The Croods" are cavepeople, and while cavepeople are known for a lot of things -- sloping foreheads, hairy knuckles, selling auto insurance -- they're hardly known for their originality. So it shouldn't come as a major surprise that this latest...
It's "Ice Age" with humans and less ice. "The Croods" began life nearly a decade ago as "Crood Awakening," a collaboration of DreamWorks Animation and Aardman Studios, with a script co-written by John Cleese.
New York Post
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.
Mark Reviews Movies
The Croods is a story of human evolution in a 90-minute bubble, as a family of Neanderthals learns to adapt to a changing world with a little help from an early human being. It's perhaps best to ignore the actual historical fate of the Neanderthal...
I suppose it's easy to dismiss the cinematic recommendations of a Nicolas Cage apologist like me. In the world of normal people who like normal movies that provide normal amounts of quality entertainment, he's treated as something of a joke.
There's a certain formula brewing in the world of animation, where the essence of successful movies get a new lease of life ressurected in another form. Toy Story was Pixar's enormous success, and with last year's Disney offering Wreck-It Ralph...
Shadows on the Wall
A witty spin on the rebellious teen comedy, this prehistoric animated adventure is silly enough to keep us laughing, but it also has sharp characters who are written, voiced and drawn with engaging detail.
Now it emerges as a Dreamworks only production although John Cleese, who came up with the original idea, retains a story credit. Aardman’s loss is...Dreamworks loss too, I’m afraid to say.
Making his distinctive style known with Lilo & Stitch, animation veteran Chris Sanders proved his children’s storytelling abilities with the superb How to Train Your Dragon. However, his latest outing takes him to the same tier as Pixar...
The Sydney Morning Herald
The Croods is far from crude. In terms of 3D animation, it's state-of-the-art. I swooned at the beauty of the backgrounds, the photorealistic geological effects, the rich colour palette and the sense of depth that comes from 3D in the hands of people...
The Croods (3D) is a thoroughly enjoyable animated adventure with likeable characters and a sharply observed, frequently funny script. There's also definite franchise potential here and on the evidence of the first film, that wouldn't be a bad thing.
The latest computer-animated movie from Dreamworks arrives with a high pedigree, bearing a story by John Cleese, co-direction from How to Train Your Dragon's Chris Sanders and a stellar voice cast.