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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)
  • Director: Carlos Saldanha
  • Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Comedy, Romance, Animation, Family
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 94 min
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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
    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
    Long-in-the-tooth characters detract from the usual high-spirited fun and frolics.
  4. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    A sometimes lively, sometimes listless wilderness adventure that will keep the kids cool and mildly entertained for a little while.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  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: 39 out of 57
  2. Negative: 7 out of 57
  1. Feb 11, 2012
    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. Feb 21, 2013
    I just can not believed that the crittics gave this movies such a bad rating. This film is funny, but at the ending is not so well
  3. Apr 2, 2014
    ice age trilogy is creative and great bu the sequel was kinda thrilling . this is worth watching for
    Grade for ice age 3 B+
    Grade for ice
    age 4 C+
  4. Feb 24, 2011
    The movie was ok. Humour wasn't good but at least it was watchable.
  5. Mar 8, 2014
    The use of 3-D in this film is fantastic. The ultimate disappointment in this movie is that the jokes seem all recycled and too cliché. It's still intelligent in several places, mind you, and is recommended for kids who enjoyed the first two. Expand
  6. Jul 23, 2012
    It's probably the worst Ice Age movie I've seen so far, but that doesn't mean I think it's BAD. But comparing the first one with this one, it has NOTHING on the first movie. But still, it's good, but the franchise is focusing on humor more and more and less and less on charm and emotion.

    Pros: Action, humor, intimidating dinosaurs, a INSANELY hilarious character
    Cons: Lacks most of the charm and emotion the first one has
  7. Jan 12, 2013
    Ridiculously predictable, corny and extremely childish, Ice Age 3 can only be enjoyed by children or the childish. This movie truly sucks in as many aspects I can think of. Expand

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