The Land Before Time
The Land Before Time (1988)

A group of orphaned dinosaurs, led by young brontosaurus Littlefoot, set out on a journey to the legendary Great Valley in this animated children's adventure. The group of ancient beasts face countless challenges along the way,… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: April 30, 1997
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Damon Wise
Time Out

After An American Tale, Bluth surely had the clout to make a more adventurous animated feature than this ...

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

I guess I sort of liked the film, although I wonder why it couldn't have spent more time on natural history and the sense of discovery, and less time on tragedy.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

What charmed me when I first saw it as a six-year-old in theaters now strikes me as rather middling, indifferent storytelling and character development.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Most of ''The Land Before Time'' is so authentically geared to the thinking of children that it should charm adults as well.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Maintains a genuine sense of beauty to it that will appeal to its young audience.

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Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

A very good animated film, but nothe where near intriguing enough to inspire copious sequels.

Hal Hinson
Washington Post

There is nothing about either the story or its execution to place "The Land Before Time" alongside the classics, but then again, the age of animated masterpieces may be forever past.

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Common Sense Media Editors
Common Sense Media

Baby dinosaur buddy flick that started the series.

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Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

It is full of the delightful merriment of childhood, albeit dinosaur childhood not Homo sapiens. For a sweet and simple little picture the whole family can gather round the tube and watch with delight, this one delivers the goods.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Michael Edwards
this movie was very good when i was little but it also scared me quite a bit, and the movie was pretty depressing, Don Bluth you are the man
Drake Tsui
A timeless child's tale that teaches intolerance, despite Sharptooth's constant loom of doom that can actually make a thriller for some kids. The… More
Lucas Martins
A moving and unforgettable film, The Land Before Time is a great entertainment to all family and to remember the childhood. Fresh.
AJ Verser
I loved this dinosaur movie when I was a kid, and apparently kids continued to love it up into the new millennium, with all these sequels that is spawned. If… More
Jim Careter
I've always enjoye dthis movie, its a cool and fun movie for kids and is the start of a big franchise that was one of my favorites as a kid, a good movie.
Jennifer D
Classic children's movie and beautiful. Don Bluth at some of his best moments.