T-Rex - Back to the Cretaceous
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Brett Leonard directed this 3-D Imax short feature (running 45 minutes) about a famous paleontologist's teen daughter, who's able to enter into the world of the dinosaurs. In Alberta, Canada, Dr. Donald Hayden (Peter Horton) and his assistant Elizabeth (Kari Coleman) find a Tyrannosaurus egg. Donald's daughter Ally (Liz Stauber) hopes the egg will prove her theory that dinosaurs were ancestors of present-day birds. Back at their museum, Ally knocks the egg on the floor, loosening some strange dust. At night, a T-rex skeleton springs to life, and Ally discovers she can use museum… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Leonard seems confused about his mission: amusement-park ride or educational film? He tries for a little of each and ends up with a hodgepodge."
‑ Chuck Wilson, L.A. Weekly
"The film is the sort likely to whet active young minds to know more about the past."
‑ Lawrence Van Gelder, New York Times
"T-Rex may be dumbed-down science and indirect educational material, but there is a lot going on in this 45-minute movie. And it isn't ever boring."
‑ Bruce Kirkland, Jam! Movies
"Has a pleasant narrative that's impressively elevated by the IMAX 3-D process."
‑ Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee
"Jurassic Park it's not, but IMAX's T-Rex: Back to the Cretaceous is still a pretty awesome experience."
‑ Louis B. Hobson, Jam! Movies
"It represents the pinnacle, so far, of 3-D filmmaking, and even apart from the technology, it's a very watchable little movie."
‑ Bob Graham, San Francisco Chronicle
"The Imax 3-D format continues to evolve toward narrative maturity, without bothering to ask whether viewers want it to."
‑ Gary Susman, Village Voice
"Dynamite 3-D dinosaurs invade an Afterschool Special-style story."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"For those who marvel at dinosaurs, this is an absolute must-see."
‑ Edward Johnson-Ott, NUVO Newsweekly
"Unfortunately doesn't add up to a very entertaining Large Format experience."
‑ Ross Anthony, Hollywood Report Card
"Instead of giving its eponymous protagonist center stage to strut and fret and sit in the audience's laps, it spends its best energy throwing a watered-down, imitation-Spielberg story in your face."
‑ Michael Joseph Gross, Salon.com
"It is for all of us who have wondered about this amazing period in our history."
‑ Shelly Decker, Jam! Movies
"The tepid story line sinks this 45-minute, big-screen film right into the tar pits."
‑ Paula Nechak, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"A rousing 3-D dinosaur adventure."
‑ Jack Garner, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
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