3 stars out of 4 -- "[W]riter-directors Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois make funny, touching, sublime entertainment out of it."
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers (03/18/2010)
4.5 stars out of 5 -- "[A]n exciting, fun and sensationally entertaining movie for everyone, a thrilling action adventure fantasy that should slay the competition..."
Box Office - Pete Hammond (03/11/2010)
"It's a thrilling action-adventure saga with exhilarating 3-D animation, a clever comedy with witty dialogue, a coming-of-age tale with surprising depth and a sweetly poignant tale of friendship..."
USA Today - Claudia Puig (03/26/2010)
"[A] study in how nuance can actually complement the spectacle we've come to demand of 3-D animation....Mostly, like the mythical creatures at the heart of this tale, the movie soars."
Los Angeles Times - Betsy Sharkey (03/26/2010)
"[I]ts kinship with everything from FINDING NEMO to AVATAR puts it in reasonably good big-budget mass-entertainment company....[Featuring] tenderness, beauty and exhilaration..."
New York Times - A. O. Scott (03/26/2010)
"[The film] has a kinetically dreamy, soaring-through-the-air effervescence....It's also the rare animated film that uses 3-D for its breathtaking spatial and emotional possibilities." -- Grade: A-
Entertainment Weekly - Owen Gleiberman (03/19/2010)
"[A] visually rich, emotionally gripping, thoroughly irresistible adventure tale....[With] heartfelt storytelling and sumptuous images..." -- Grade: B+
A.V. Club - Keith Phipps (03/25/2010)
3 stars out of 4 -- "[I]t's bright, good-looking and has high energy."
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert (03/24/2010)
4 stars out of 5 -- "[The film] takes off and soars....The bond that slowly develops is beautifully established."
Empire - Helen O'Hara (04/01/2010)
3 stars out of 4 -- "HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON is a briskly paced computer-animated entertainment that uses the format to maximum effect, the way AVATAR does."
Washington Post (03/26/2010)
"The film's calling card is action....Indeed, the directors and their animation team really seem to perk up during these bravado sequences."
Hollywood Reporter - Kirk Honeycutt (03/11/2010)
"[A] very handsome animated adventure in which our scrappy protagonist befriends the local dragons....The animation is often beautiful..."
Sight and Sound - Jane Lamacraft (05/01/2010)