Sam Morrison’s review published on Letterboxd:
"AHHH!!!" - Arlo
I was holding out for this one. "Surely I can find a reason to rate this higher than what I'm seeing." I said to myself. Nope.
Arlo yells in a cowardly fashion for 98% of the film. Hard to feel the impact of one huge story moment when the dinos aren't discernable from each other. I actually laughed. I know that sounds horrible but they pulled a Lion King, way earlier than would have mattered.
The Good Dinosaur features photo-realistic landscapes, breathing wind into the air, shrouding dangers in shadow, lighting the lived-in scenery with awe-inspiring sunlight. All the hard work put into the stunning looks were left out of every other department. What stunned me even more was finding a movie that competes with Cars 2, in the worst ways possible.