Metascore
50

Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
Watch On
  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
    75
    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
    70
    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.
User Score
6.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 163 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 62
  2. Negative: 7 out of 62
  1. EvanS
    Nov 6, 2009
    5
    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
    1
    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
    0
    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.