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Dinosaur 13

  PG HD Closed Captioning

Todd Douglas Miller

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Plot Summary

When renowned paleontologist Peter Larson and his team from the Black Hills Institute made the world's greatest dinosaur discovery in 1990, they knew it was the find of a lifetime: the largest, most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex ever found. But during a 10-year battle with the U.S. government, powerful museums, Native American tribes and competing paleontologists, they found themselves not only fighting to keep their dinosaur, but fighting for their freedom as well.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 45
  • Fresh: 32
  • Rotten: 13
  • Average Rating: 6.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: "Dinosaur 13" may not be the best documentary, but as a scientific soap opera, it's a doozy. – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, Aug 14, 2014

Fresh: The fate of some very old bones may not sound like compelling cinema, but when they compose the 65-million-year-old skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex that was 41 feet long and 18 feet high back in the day, all bets are off. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Aug 15, 2014

Fresh: Involving story of scientific discovery and petty politics. – John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter, Jan 17, 2014

Rotten: Unfortunately, Dinosaur 13 never manages to display the story's many complex parts in a way that enables viewers to grasp the whole beast ... – Rob Staeger, Village Voice, Aug 12, 2014

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Customer Reviews

Astonishing human interest piece

This film is about people. People whose passion for paleontology is exploited by philanthropists and an ill-informed federal government. Despite the injustices, the movie does a superb job of tapping into the pioneering spirit of its subjects. If I can ever learn to love anything as much as these people love fossils, I’ll consider my life a success.

Great film

Really enjoyed this film. It is sad though what happened to these people and what the government put them through.. I believe they should have received compensation on the work they had performed and for finding the dang thing to begin with.

Very good

This is the story of how an ambitious and incompetent political appointee can destroy lives. it is the story of a duplicitous “Indian”, whose stated “my handshake is good”, isn’t. It is the story of a Federal judge that allowed personal feelings to interfere with justice. It is the story about a government run amok. Oh, and its an otherwise boring story of the discovery of some old bones. At $6.99 for a 90 minute documentary it is fairly priced.

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2014

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