How to Train Your Dragon was the surprise hit of 2010, popular with kids and adults alike. How To Train Your Dragon 2 followed in 2014, and has a 92 per cent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. In 2012, the initial release date for How To Train Your Dragon 3 was set as June 18, 2016, then pushed up a day, then pushed back by a year to June 2017.
What do critics say about How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World?
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World currently holds 98 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes.
The critics’ consensus reads: “The rare trilogy capper that really works, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World brings its saga to a visually dazzling and emotionally affecting conclusion.”
The How to Train Your Dragon franchise is rare for its ability to maintain such a high rating across three films.
The first movie also has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 98 per cent.
Hope Corrigan from IGN Movies
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is a fantastic, visually stunning and poignant way to end this beloved trilogy.
Larushka Ivan-Zadeh from Metro (UK)
The heart is strong with this franchise and given there are 12 books in Cressida Cowell’s original multimillion-selling series, I doubt it’s actually the last we’ll see of Hiccup et al.
Allan Hunter from The List
The Hidden World eventually reaches a satisfying conclusion but it doesn’t always soar along the way.
Beth Webb from Little White Lies
Light in plot but heavy on friendship, DeBlois delivers a sad but sensible farewell.
Sarah Ward from Screen International
Eight years on, the How to Train Your Dragon films might not break any new aesthetic ground… but they remain as vibrant as ever.
Philip De Semlyen from Time Out
The visual soars but the franchise’s emotional heartbeat struggles to make itself heard over the din of subplots and the annoying banter of Hiccup’s teen tribemates.
Michael Rechtshaffen from Hollywood Reporter
All told, by the time How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World nears the end of its Harry Potter-esque closing trajectory, in which Hiccup must learn how to let go, the bittersweet result will have audiences finding it equally hard to say goodbye.
Peter Debruge from Variety
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World packs the emotional heft of the dozen or so years it has taken to get this far, tracking the loss of one parent, the discovery of another, and several momentous lessons in bravery and loyalty along the way.
Robert Abele from TheWrap
Writer-director Dean DeBlois caps his emotionally intelligent adaptation of the Vikings-and-dragons book series with an enjoyable, beautiful story of destiny and freedom.
Michael Nordine from indieWire
The Hidden World strikes a bittersweet chord in reminding its young audience that all good things – including the age of dragons – must come to an end.
Neil Smith from Total Film
It’s when the film is at its simplest that it proves most irresistible.
Kevin Maher from the Times
Some visually spectacular set pieces and some deliciously villainous vocal work from F Murray Abraham as the psychopathic dragon-killer Grimmel are reasons alone to see this third…part of the consistently charming kiddie franchise.
Robbie Collin from the Daily Telegraph
For viewers steeped in the sagas of the young Viking Hiccup and his lovable scaly steed Toothless, it’s possible the third How To Train Your Dragon film will serve as a rousing trilogy-closer.
Chris Hunneysett from the Daily Mirror
Take wing on the breathtaking visuals and warm emotional currents of this epic animated action fantasy, which makes a soaring success of the third in the trilogy featuring Toothless the lovable dragon and his Viking friend, Hiccup.
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is now playing in cinemas.