The Croods isn't particularly smart, but it has just enough wit to keep us engaged and just enough speed to keep us from feeling restless.
It captures the wonder (and more gently, the anxiety) of discovery time and time again. And the filmmakers have a hoot playing with the Croods' encounters with, as well as their misunderstandings of, all things new.
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.
The animation is first-rate, with moments of genuine visual imagination, and the story, while unremarkable, is entirely adequate.
How to Train Your Dragon" and "Lilo & Stitch" are completely indicative of the experience you'll have with "The Croods," which is to say a supremely positive one.
It may not be an instant animated classic, but it's a charmer that will leave the kids ... feeling warm and fuzzy ...
A film which, if not truly sophisticated, isn't nearly as crude as advertised.
The family-dramedy genre that the film inhabits demands a bit more narrative ingenuity than is on display.
Fast-paced, inventive animated comic adventure of a Stone Age family gets an extra boost from the lively vocal performances of stars Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone and Ryan Reynolds.