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How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (PG)

Fantasy, Animation

An animated fantasy sequel in which a young Viking chief seeks a hidden utopia where his villagers and dragons will be safe.

The critical consensus

Light in plot but heavy on friendship, DeBlois delivers a sad but sensible farewell.

****(*)Beth Webb, Little White Lies, 29/01/2019

Third instalment of the popular animation franchise that ultimately satisfies but doesn't always soar.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, The List, 28/01/2019

Stunningly beautiful sequences can't make up for the lacklustre storytelling of this third outing for Hiccup and his dragon friends.

***(*)(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 31/01/2019

All the excitement of the earlier films has been lost in this third outing for the animated series based on Cressida Cowell’s books.

**(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 31/01/2019

It’s a worthy concluding chapter, especially when Toothless falling in love leads to an unexpectedly bittersweet twist.

***(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 31/01/2019

One of the decade’s most accomplished fantasy sagas signs off with a finale that’s exciting, moving and fabulous to look at.

****(*)Neil Smith, Total Film, 01/02/2019

DreamWorks Animation’s most heartfelt series bows out with a beautifully designed finale, but the long-awaited emotional goodbyes for its beloved central duo don’t quite soar.

***(*)(*)Ben Travis, Empire Online, 28/01/2019

The third film in the children’s fantasy series evokes wonder and melancholy with skill.

****(*)Wendy Ide, The Observer, 03/02/2019

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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