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The Croods

children & family, comedy

When an earthquake destroys their cave dwelling, the Croods embark on the journey of a lifetime across a spectacular and unforgettable landscape filled with fantastic creatures, fun surprises and a whole new world of adventure.

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common sense

ON for kids age 8
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Educational value
1 out of 5
1 out of 5
Positive messages
4 out of 5
Positive role models
4 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
1 out of 5
Violence & scariness
3 out of 5

Gorgeously animated adventure has intense themes.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Croods, while quite funny and gorgeously animated, deals with some pretty heavy themes: the constant risk of death and worries about the end of the world. Prehistoric times are convincingly wild, dangerous, and unstable: Rocks fall, mountains tumble, and the Earth opens up and swallows the ground whole (all made even more immediate when seen in 3-D). The frequent peril and talk of the end of the world are likely to make younger kids nervous. And then there are the conversations about parents dying and kids themselves being in danger; at one point, viewers may even think a central character has perished. Other scenes show characters battling other creatures for supremacy and food, so there's plenty of slapsticky whacking and hitting, too. Female characters do end up getting saved by males, and you may find yourself heading to the Internet to research the accuracy of the movie's creatures and events. All of that said, The Croods has a wonderful message of courage and celebration of adventure at its core, and there are strong, loving family relationships.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about The Croods' themes. In a wild world like the Croods', danger really was around every corner. But did the talk about the end of the world and characters dying scare you? Parents, reassure younger kids that times are very different today!
  • Talk to your kids about Eep. How does she break stereotypes (or conform to them)? Is she a role model? Is Guy?
  • Grug's family motto is "Never not be afraid." Is this good advice? If not, why not? Does it work for Grug and his family?
  • How historically accurate do you think The Croods is? How could you find out more about prehistoric facts? And how important is it for animated, fictional movies to stick close to history?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Like the continents, it's a little too easy to drift away.

- Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Thursday, March 21, 2013

Fresh: 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.

- Bob Mondello, NPR, Friday, March 22, 2013

Fresh: The animation is first-rate, with moments of genuine visual imagination, and the story, while unremarkable, is entirely adequate.

- Christopher Orr, The Atlantic, Friday, March 22, 2013

Audience Reviews

4 stars

A visually stunning and very entertaining postmodern crossing of The Flintstones and The Simpsons that will prove exciting for the whole family, offering a touching and quite appealing message about discovery and fear of change.

- blacksheepboy, Tuesday, May 21, 2013

3 stars


- aquateen2, Thursday, April 11, 2013

4 stars

The Croods aren't just any kind of family - they're the world's very first. After seeing their neighbors gobbled up by all sorts of behemoths and prehistoric monsters, they're also running the risk of becoming the last. Grug, the patriarchal father, has thereby valid reasons for his overprotective rule - no one gets to leave the safety of the cave that constitutes their home. "New is never a good thing", as he stipulates repeatedly with a decided undertone of fear. Eep, the self-dependent teenage daughter, has grown tired of their eventless existence. She wants to get out and explore. Live, instead of just surviving. A wish that is soon granted (with far more than she bargained for) when the world suddenly seems to be coming to an end and their home is crushed beneath a gigantic rock. What follows is an epic quest in search of a new dwelling; all the while with the earth splitting open, making their journey a most dangerous one. To their help they have Guy, a nomadic boy who guides them on the way, introducing such revolutionary concepts as making a fire and cracking jokes. Commendable about The Croods, however, is that it doesn't try to reinvent the fire. Its crafters have proceeded from traditional and entertaining family dynamics (if yet really wild), upon which they have unpocketed their own creative aces in the shape of staggeringly beautiful backdrops and unique, imaginative creatures. Much of it in league with Avatar, except with a more innovative flair, which makes it a breath of fresh air in the animation genre. Kind of like The Flintstones for a new generation, but far more exciting and accelerated and without any mammoths doing the vacuuming. As with most family adventures of the sort, it also works in a simple, but very heartfelt message about not fearing everything that's new and stands different before the norm. Valuable insights about seeing possibilities instead of risks and letting the wondrous power of ideas, as opposed to the cave dark's status quo, lead the way towards enlightenment. That it also warms and inspires laughter in both young and old, makes it a rock-solid choice for an evening worth gathering the family for.

- CloudStrife84, Saturday, March 23, 2013