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Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Ice Age 3) (2009)

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Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 160
Fresh: 72 | Rotten: 88

The third Ice Age film has some excellent animation, but its story is tired and monotonous.

32

Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 38
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 26

The third Ice Age film has some excellent animation, but its story is tired and monotonous.

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As we rejoin the motley herd from the two previous Ice Age films, Manny the mammoth (Ray Romano) nervously pampers his expectant mate, Ellie (Queen Latifah), while his best friend, Diego the saber-toothed tiger (Denis Leary), bristles at the thought of Manny's domesticated existence. Meanwhile, Sid the sloth (John Leguizamo) continues to annoy everybody, and Scrat the rock rat is still trying to get that acorn. When Sid accidentally discovers an underground world populated by dinosaurs, he

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The manic pace quickly grows tiresome, as does the influx of cloying baby animals.

August 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Certainly not terrible, but ultimately forgettable and that means you should skip it.

July 6, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies
At the Movies
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The whole movie is more of the same and I'm afraid the franchis is running out of steam.

July 6, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies | Comments (5)
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As with the two earlier films, it's all a mite disorderly in tempo but often highly amusing and great fun in the main.

July 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Rather than evolving, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs treads on familiar and infertile ground.

July 2, 2009 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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There's 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.

July 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
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The coolest thing about this sequel is the use of dinosaurs.

June 27, 2011 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
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An improvement over its massively forgettable predecessor.

December 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinematical
Cinematical

When the story does get underway, the incident that sets it into motion seems thrown in%u2014precisely what you'd expect for the third installment in a series that was already tired by the second.

December 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
Cinemalogue.com

Scrat-astic!

November 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews
Killer Movie Reviews

I'm mystified by those who find these characters appealing.

November 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Comments (2)
Apollo Guide

The quality of the stories has gradually declined in each succeeding sequel since the original film was released in 2002, but the technical quality of computer animation has improved during that same time.

October 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs works on its own terms, as a distraction for the children and an inoffensive, if unfulfilling, time at the theater for their parents.

August 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Times
Washington Times

Those who complain about the feeble jokes and contrived situations should be forced to watch the first two films and defend them.

August 11, 2009 Full Review Source: New England Movies Weekly
New England Movies Weekly

It is not the year for pre-historic comebacks.

August 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum
Entertainment Spectrum

There's not much for audiences over the age of 10 to warm to during this third, and hopefully final, Ice Age.

July 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Moviedex
Moviedex

A baby's on the way, a new acquaintance adds to the fun/confusion, and some old friends are back.

July 15, 2009 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

...the dinosaurs, especially mama T-Rex rival anything you'd find in "Jurassic Park."

July 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Nolan's Pop Culture Review
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

...never properly invites the audience into its messy world of familial trust.

July 11, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Comment (1)
ColeSmithey.com

The Ice Age series' creativity is clearly melting.

July 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA) | Comment (1)
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

The most reliable laugh-getter in the past Ice Age films, the acorn-seeking Scrat, is saddled with a dull subplot in which he meets a lady Scratte.

July 10, 2009
Salt Lake Tribune

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs alters the pattern established by the previous two films, focusing not on the herd but on action-packed, 3-D adventure.

July 10, 2009 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

Same cast of characters in another fun and heartwarming story - love those possums!

July 7, 2009 Full Review Source: jackiekcooper.com
jackiekcooper.com

I can't figure out how a character as great [as Scrat] keeps ending up in movies like this.

July 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Audience Reviews for Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Ice Age 3)

This is hands down one of the worst sequels made in my opinion. The animation looks nice, but the characters have lost all appeal since the 2nd film, and the jokes range from painful to almost tolerable. This is a major skip for me.
March 13, 2013
michael e.
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Jackpot everybody! the Ice Age franchise started off on a high note of originality and uniqueness but then dipped for the sequel. In my humble opinion this third film is easily the best looking, most exciting and imaginative of the trio by a mile.

Plot isn't exactly original again, this is pretty much a new animated adaptation of classic tales/films 'Journey to the Centre of the Earth' and 'The Land Before Time'. All the regular characters are present and correct again including the last addition to the herd...'Ellie'. The idea this time is simply 'Sid' stumbling on some dinosaur eggs, stealing them and trying to raise them as his own (not knowing what they are), getting caught and slothknapped by the mummy T-Rex, taken away underground where the T-Rex lives and the gang following to save him.

This is where we discover a lost world of dinosaurs that is underground beneath the current ice age above, totally stupid yes but its fun. Its not suppose to be taken seriously of course and being a kids animated film the creators can take enormous liberties. I must point out this film is also much better than the previous film in the fact its back to being enjoyable for all, not just the kids. The adults will enjoy the homages to the old adventure flicks which always seem to work well, classic B-movie stuff.

The visuals in this film totally surpass everything before, I really loved the bright colourful world they explore down below. Its really sharp and vivid, bursting with life and ingenuity with many old vintage formulaic creations you would expect for a world like this. Giant carnivorous plants, huge bugs, creeping vines, deep dark void like chasm's, dino skeletons dotted around, lava flows and lots of dino variations which are fun to spot.

The very first action sequence involves 'Diego' chasing down a gazelle type mammal. This short frenzy of a sequence is glorious to watch it really is. The animation clearly shows how far 'Blue Sky' have come creating a virtually seamless wildcat and gazelle in full flow with fur/hair, muscle and displaced flying debris etc...all moving as it should. Its almost too good really.

Another big hit with me was the introduction of new character 'Buck' who is a one eyed weasel. This guy is designed to be an animated 'Jack Sparrow' if you ask me hehe he has all the traits including being somewhat crazy, unpredictable and behaving a little tipsy at times. This character is a great addition to the film and really boosts the laugh levels plus he looks natty too.
Voiced perfectly by Simon Pegg which was a surprise to hear actually, would never have guessed, also unsure if he was trying to impersonate Depp's creation, sounded like it. A complete rip off of another classic character he may be but I guess you could look at it as a homage perhaps.

It is ironic though that in this film the one element that has always been a winner was the subplot for 'Scrat', but not here. In previous films his antics have been the shinning point against the slightly dull main attraction. In this film its the opposite for me, 'Scrat' must contend with a female of his species and compete for the acorn in typical 'Road Runner' vs 'Wile E. Coyote' fashion. Some may still like these little segments but this time round for me it wasn't as good as before, the female character seems to get in the way and you just yearn for 'Scrat' to kick her ass lol!

I suppose it was amusing to see him end up married to her and being driven into depression slowly, only to remember what made him tick in the first place. Its such a shame that again little 'Scrat' doesn't win even though I REALLY wanted him to this time. Annoying flying female squirrel grrr leave our 'Scrat' alone!.

This film wins on all counts really with one amazingly good looking scene after another. I loved the look of the film, how bold and colourful it is with so much creativity, curiosity and how every frame has something happening. The finale is jam packed with excitement which all accumulates with a mega dino battle, must point out that all dinos seen do seem to be based around real species which is cool.

More of an outright boys own adventure this time, still has the humour but leans more towards big event visuals over dialog and in your face emotions. Of course there is still emotion with the birth of 'Peaches' towards the end but its not as heart felt as what we saw in places with the first two films.

This time the main attraction is best whilst 'Scrat' falters somewhat in my opinion. Brilliant comeback after the dismal second adventure and manages to earn a spot within the best CGI animations ever yeh!. Shame 'Buck' didn't stick with the herd as you know there will be another film with a grown up 'Peaches', but that might not be a good thing.
July 21, 2012
phubbs1

Super Reviewer

Rarely does a film franchise peak during the third installment, but somehow "Ice Age" has. This third entry is by far the most entertaining of the film series(well, haven't seen 4 yet). The gang is back, and this time Ellie is pregnant. The herd starts to come unglued, as Manny is concentrating on Ellie's baby. Diego doesn't like the ideal of a domesticated life. As for Sid, well he stumbles underground and finds three eggs, and decides to have his own family. Only thing is, the eggs are dinosaur eggs, and the mother comes looking for them. She then takes her babies and Sid back underground to a secret dinosaur world below the surface. The group then goes on an adventure to save Sid, meeting the best character besides Scrat, Buck(Simon Pegg). Buck is a swashbuckling thrill seekers who leads the group while underground. Pegg brings a humor to the series that had been sorely lacking. Buck is "Ice Age's" equivalent to Puss in Boots. The comedy is definitely directed in a more broad scope, especially for adults. Lots of "about to have a baby" type of humor that parents will enjoy. The animation was by far the best of the series, and it's good to see how far it's come since the first movie. "Ice Age" as a franchise still ranks below most other animated franchises for me, but it gets better and better with each movie. Hopefully that trend continues. Side Note: I took my nephew Will to see this in the theater, it was his first movie. So funny seeing him, 3 years old I believe, with 3D glasses and a big tub of popcorn on his lap. Things like that make going to the movies so special.
July 7, 2012
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

    1. Manny: [to Diego] That'll be YOU in three weeks.
    – Submitted by YOU USED THE WRONG EMAIL ADDRESS S (17 months ago)
    1. Buck: Let's get you home.
    – Submitted by Shin D (17 months ago)
    1. Dinosaur Babies: Mommy!
    2. Dinosaur Babies: I'm their mommy.
    – Submitted by Shin D (17 months ago)
    1. Manny: After we save Sid, I'm gonna kill him.
    – Submitted by Anthony A (2 years ago)
    1. Sid: [upon seeing Manny and Ellie's newborn child] It's a boy!
    2. Diego: That's her tail.
    3. Sid: It's a girl!
    – Submitted by Anthony A (2 years ago)
    1. Manny: No one move a muscle.
    2. Adult Molehog Male: [running by] AAAAAAAHHHH!!! [Momma then roars loudly]
    – Submitted by Anthony A (2 years ago)
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