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Better than most SciFi Channel movies
Expectations are usually low for the Saturday SciFi original movies, and deservedly so in most cases. Pterodactyl won't win any Oscar nominations, but surprisingly it won't garner any Razzies either. The modest budget is apparent in the lack of variety of settings--many scenes take place in an open field--but the pterodactyl special effects aren't half-bad. Not as good as a Jurassic Park, but certainly good enough for a Saturday-night "creature feature" movie. The story is serviceable and the characters are adequate for an action movie.
What makes Pterodactyl entertaining is the up-tempo pace. Once the pterodactyls appear (this isn't a spoiler, considering the title and the previews), the action doesn't stop. I just wish we saw more of certain characters and their interactions. The fact that the producers managed to hire some attractive actresses doesn't hurt. Coolio doesn't do much besides yell "son of a b*tch" at the flying creatures and discharge his weapons. No matter. It's a good "B" movie to see on an otherwise uneventful TV night. Not worth going out of your way to watch, but if it's on, and you enjoy monster movies with plenty of action, tune in. 6 out of 10, or B-.