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: November 18, 1988
DVD Release Date: April 30, 1997
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Critic Score: 70% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Beautifully animated and genuinely endearing, The Land Before Time is sure to please dino-obsessed tykes, even if it's a little too cutesy for older viewers.

Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

It looks and sounds as if it came out of the Disney Studios of the '40s or '50s. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing -- that's as much a compliment (in terms of the quality of animation) as it is a criticism.

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Variety Staff

For the most part, pic is about as engaging as what's found on Saturday morning TV.

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Peter Travers
People Magazine

The animation is fine. But the Stu Krieger screenplay contains violence that might be hard on the younger ones, preachiness that's hell on adults and a never-let-up cuteness that can turn minds of all ages to mush.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

The Land Before Time is as handsome and honest an animated feature as any produced since Walt Disney`s death; it may even be the best.

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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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David Hepworth
Empire Magazine

Sharp animation and powerful visualisation of scale will enthrall a young audience but the clumsy cub-scout moralising feels, well, extinct.

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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times

Do dinosaurs really lend themselves to ootsie-cutesiness?

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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.

David Parkinson
Radio Times

If your little dinosaur lovers are still a bit young for Jurassic Park, then this charming cartoon should have them in raptures.

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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 V
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.