Box art for How to Train Your Dragon

How to Train Your Dragon

anime & animation, children & family


Hiccup is a young Viking who defies convention when he befriends one of his deadliest foesa ferocious dragon he calls Toothless.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    98%
  • Audience Score
    91%

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Baruchel, Ferguson and Butler supply a contagious sense of eccentricity that spreads to the supporting cast, especially the Viking teens played by America Ferrera and Jonah Hill.

- John Hartl, Seattle Times, Thursday, March 25, 2010

Fresh: 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, Thursday, March 25, 2010

Fresh: By Odin, they make it work.

- Tom Russo, Boston Globe, Thursday, March 25, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Dreamworks is finally back, producing a film on the caliber of Shrek that is entertaining for both children and adults. This is easily the best animated film of 2010, and ranks up there with Wall-E for best animation film in recent history. It's cute and feel-good like so many children's films, but this boasts a soothing emotional heart to go with it. The touching relationship between the boy and the dragon is what really sets it apart from other films. The underlying message of acceptance and tolerance is also something to be admired here.Fun and entertaining with a good blend of action and recognizable vocal talents (Gerard Butler, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, etc) make this a solid film. This is one of 3 or 4 child animated films of all time that I would actually put in my personal collection.

- DerekA101, Friday, October 29, 2010

3 stars

"You see, most places have mice or mosquitoes. We have...dragons." How to Train Your Dragoni is a fairly typical, but fun, animated movie. It's not among the best that I've seen, but it's certainly entertaining enough to give a shot, especially if you have kids. The story is a blend of the usual stuff you get from these kinds of movies: the "different" hero who doesn't fit in, the love interest that's won over by the finale, and a misunderstanding to overcome and unite the dragons and Vikings by the end against a common threat. Some of the humor fell flat, but that's really the only criticism worth mentioning. The voice talent was very good, and the visuals were beyond good. All the unique designs for the different kinds of dragons were pretty cool, as well. Those things plus the pretty thrilling ending will keep adults from being bored, and kids will probably be sold from the very beginning. How to Train Your Dragon may not do anything new or exceptionally well, but it's a likeable movie, nonetheless.

- lewiskendell, Tuesday, October 19, 2010

4 stars

Me and animated family movies are not the best of friends. Those films are usually obnoxiously loud, painfully stupid, unnecessarily goofy and insult the intelligence of the children watching and alienate older audiences. "How to Train Your Dragon" is the exact opposite of that. Here is a film that combines a great story with heartfelt characters and humor, fun action scenes, and a great moral message about understanding and acceptance. Throw in a fantastic voice cast, striking visuals and you get a film that kids will love, older audiences will relate to and something that is just plain fun. "How to Train Your Dragon" is a unique family film that transcends it's genre. A perfect companion film with the equally great "Ramona and Beezus".

- stevenecarrier, Sunday, October 17, 2010