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  • Summary: The sub-zero heroes from the worldwide blockbusters Ice Age and Ice Age: The Meltdown are back, on an incredible adventure...and in 3-D. This time, they’re beneath the ice, discovering a world of dinosaurs. (20th Century Fox)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
  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: 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.
  3. Reviewed by: James Dyer
    60
    Long-in-the-tooth characters detract from the usual high-spirited fun and frolics.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!"
  6. 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?
  7. Every character is like the hyperactive rat-squirrel Scrat, and the audience is bounced around like his elusive acorn.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 72
  2. Negative: 8 out of 72
  1. SeriE
    Jul 21, 2009
    10
    The first 20 minutes or so are boring as hell, and will have you wanting to leave the theatre. However, once the gang goes underground into The first 20 minutes or so are boring as hell, and will have you wanting to leave the theatre. However, once the gang goes underground into the dinosaur world it starts to get really interesting and funny. 3 new characters are added them being Buck (a weasel who lives in the underground dinosaur world trying to kill the biggest, baddest dinosaur Rudy) Peaches (Manny and Ellie's daughter) and the nameless squirel rat thing who plays the love of Scrat. In fact, the one thing I hated about this movie was that Scrat became incredibly boring. Oh well, it was a pretty awesome movie and I definetely recommend it to any fan of the series, kids, or even adults! Oh and by the way, you don't need to see it in 3D for it to be good. AND, I personally think it's the best of the trilogy. Expand
  2. VF
    Jul 29, 2009
    9
    I went into the AMC expecting a shitflick (I have bad experience with sequels), but it turned out to be a high quality movie with an I went into the AMC expecting a shitflick (I have bad experience with sequels), but it turned out to be a high quality movie with an appreciable plot and lots of humor. The only thing that spoiled it was the hordes of little kids in the audience that refused to shut up. Expand
  3. Uki
    Jul 19, 2009
    8
    Don't usually go for cartoons, but really enjoyed this one. Definitely the best out of the three and the visuals and 3D were great. If Don't usually go for cartoons, but really enjoyed this one. Definitely the best out of the three and the visuals and 3D were great. If you are a parent your kids will love it. Critics need to chill out and take this animation for what it is! Great way to pass your Saturday afternoon. Expand
  4. Oct 29, 2010
    7
    another sequel? wow. 20th Century must be very good at making sequels. so, our lovable heroes from the first two movies come face to face withanother sequel? wow. 20th Century must be very good at making sequels. so, our lovable heroes from the first two movies come face to face with Dinosaurs. thats quite impressive. whats my opinion of it? well, its... (gasp) HOLY CRAP!! it made so much money? dang. people must like this movie. where was I? oh, yes. well, the storyline was monotonous, but the animation was quite amusing and the characters were perfect. its a fast-paced sequel that kids will love.

    Rating: 7/10
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  5. Jan 29, 2016
    6
    Usually the strongest sequel installment for just this time period... or will it be? That answer will be confirmed by the time CollisionUsually the strongest sequel installment for just this time period... or will it be? That answer will be confirmed by the time Collision Course gets released. Scrat > Everything else. Expand
  6. Jan 2, 2012
    5
    I enjoyed it more than the first two, but as a piece of storytelling it is bad. But boy is the squirrel hilarious not enough to have a spin-I enjoyed it more than the first two, but as a piece of storytelling it is bad. But boy is the squirrel hilarious not enough to have a spin- off but to almost make this movie work. I give this movie 49%. Expand
  7. Jul 29, 2016
    0
    This was horrible. A complete disgrace to the Ice Age series, nothing new, and the characters are complete ridiculous. This isn't even aThis was horrible. A complete disgrace to the Ice Age series, nothing new, and the characters are complete ridiculous. This isn't even a movie, it's just a bunch of crappy new characters that are featured in a 1 1/2 hour runtime. Expand

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