Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25

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  1. 88
    It involves some of the best use of 3-D I've seen in an animated feature. It also introduces a masterstroke that essentially allows the series to take place anywhere: There is this land beneath the surface of the earth, you see...
  2. Reviewed by: Bob Mondello
    Unlike say, "Monsters Vs. Aliens," which would have been nothing at all without its special-effects spectacle, this is a sweet little comedy, both family-friendly and centered on a nontraditional family, and so suitable for pretty much everyone.
  3. 75
    There is much more of an emphasis on action in this nicely crafted, fast-paced sequel, which at its best shares the antic qualities of classic Warner Bros. cartoons.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    With appreciably greater emphasis on action than its predecessors, and clever use of 3-D trickery to enhance storytelling as well as offer spectacle, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs could prove the third time really is the charm.
  5. The movie settles into a mode of nice, sweet, safe, and -- sorry, I have to say it -- slightly dull family fun.
  6. If "Up" is the animated equivalent of an ice cream sundae, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is the Popsicle: Neither as rich nor as memorable, but more than welcome on a long, hot summer day.
  7. Reviewed by: James Dyer
    Long-in-the-tooth characters detract from the usual high-spirited fun and frolics.
  8. 58
    The series kept it going for one more entry, but throws its commitment to the era away with movie number three, a ploy sure to anger Ice Age purists everywhere.
  9. Pretty much any sign of creative life gets left out in the cold in Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, the monotonous, strictly by-the-numbers third edition of the wildly lucrative digitally animated franchise.
  10. 50
    Never representative of more than mediocrity from a technical or story-based standpoint, the Ice Age series has reached a new nadir with its third entry.
  11. Not bad, not good, Ice Age 3 may be OK enough to do what it was engineered to do, i.e., baby-sit your kid for a while and rake in the dough.
  12. 50
    There is no faulting the big set pieces, which are shot and edited skillfully. But without involving characters to go along with them, those sequences make for awfully empty movie calories.
  13. 50
    It's mostly flat, despite being presented in 3-D, and the writing is so unimaginative that at one point a character yells out "yabba dabba doo!"
  14. 50
    You should have been able to treat this film as a grab-bag and pull out some plums. Instead it goes grabbing after you.
  15. Though there are chases galore and stampeding dinos aplenty, Dawn of the Dinosaurs is a nicely rendered travelogue without storytelling. There is little to bring an audience along for the ride.
  16. 50
    Couldn't the creative minds at the 20th Century Fox animation studios, hoping to wring a few hundred million dollars more out of their prized family-animation franchise, have come up with something more original?
  17. A sometimes lively, sometimes listless wilderness adventure that will keep the kids cool and mildly entertained for a little while.
  18. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Once fresh, the story is now buried under a hoary coating.
  19. Will satisfy its young fan base and is bound to make a ton of money. At this point, though, the series is no longer an artistic pursuit; it's a business deal.
  20. Not even 3D can save this third entry in the Fox animation franchise about a motley crew of prehistoric creatures.
  21. 50
    Hasn't got a lot more to say than it did last time about the necessity of accepting the nontraditional family in extraordinary times, but what it does have going for it are its well-delineated characters.
  22. 40
    There's no breathing life into a formula that ought to have bowed out gracefully while the going was good.
  23. Scrat's annoying ubiquity -- is just one piece of evidence that Dawn of the Dinosaurs has been focus-grouped and is now trying to please its presumed young audience a little more than is healthy.
  24. There’s also a sense of ineptness in a script that constantly reaches, with only modest success, for amusing things that the mammoths and their friends can do.
  25. Every character is like the hyperactive rat-squirrel Scrat, and the audience is bounced around like his elusive acorn.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 176 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 66
  2. Negative: 7 out of 66
  1. EvanS
    Nov 6, 2009
    Ice Age 3 was okay, but not the best. I liked the first two a lot better, because I thought they had better storylines than this. I'm Ice Age 3 was okay, but not the best. I liked the first two a lot better, because I thought they had better storylines than this. I'm just not a dinosaur person. That is my opinion and I'm intitled to it. I'll get it on DVD, but I won't watch it all the time. Full Review »
  2. CriticVidal
    Oct 17, 2009
    This movie sucks as my ass does. I would have scored it a 3, but the characters just...ticked me off.
  3. JaysonL.
    Jul 30, 2009
    Am i the only one thinking that it shouldn't be ice age - dawn of the dinosaurs? Dinos were before the ice age. This movie is just ridiculous.