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Eight Below (2006)



Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 146
Fresh: 105 | Rotten: 41

Featuring a stellar cast of marooned mutts, who deftly display emotion, tenderness, loyalty and resolve, Eight Below is a heartwarming and exhilarating adventure film.


Average Rating: 6.1/10
Critic Reviews: 39
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 16

Featuring a stellar cast of marooned mutts, who deftly display emotion, tenderness, loyalty and resolve, Eight Below is a heartwarming and exhilarating adventure film.



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Eight brave sled dogs search for the master who is looking for a way to rescue them in this adventure drama. An American geologist (Bruce Greenwood) flies to Antarctica to participate in a project at the United States Research Base, where he teams up with arctic guide Jerry Shepard (Paul Walker) and his best friend, Cooper (Jason Biggs). The scientist soon discovers that Shepard also has eight other valuable friends -- a pack of sled dogs he's worked with for years, who have rescued him from a


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Jun 20, 2006


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All Critics (146) | Top Critics (39) | Fresh (105) | Rotten (41) | DVD (18)

Live-action animal adventures have always been a Disney specialty, and this one has a pretty compelling plot.

May 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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It's heartwarming, occasionally exciting, and some of the cinematography is exemplary.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Eight Below runs two hours and would have benefited from losing 30 minutes of that -- all of it from Jerry's (Paul Walker) protracted quest. The other human actors are simply types.

February 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Slate
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It's too clichéd, it's too rote, and honestly I think you have to care a little bit more about the individual dogs to believe that these people would care so much.

February 21, 2006 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper | Comment (1)
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The plot's slavish schmaltz proves as oppressive as the harsh winter that descends upon the dogs.

February 21, 2006 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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... the canine cuteness, breathtaking action and acts of bravery are worth braving the Disney elements -- overpowering, poignant music, an unnecessary romantic subplot -- if you like your movies doggy-style.

February 17, 2006 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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The Alaskan Huskies of Eight Below are both better-looking and better performers than their human counterparts, and their vigilant scenes of solo survival on an Antarctic outpost make for the highlight of this otherwise predictable rescue mission.

November 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine Australasia
Empire Magazine Australasia

Kids will be enraptured (and a tad frightened) and all but the stoniest-hearted adults will join them for a bit of a cry.

May 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Film4

At first sight a fun but slightly sappy man-and-his-dogs story, Eight Below quickly evolves into a well-crafted wilderness adventure reminiscent of Disney's heyday.

March 21, 2011 Full Review Source:

It's heartbreaking, it's exciting, it's engrossing, it's a home run for Disney, and it's finally a good performance for Paul Walker.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

It's the canine players who carry the movie and will capture the hearts of viewers young and old.

February 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The film is padded out to a full two hours, which may not be quite as long as the dogs have to wait for their rescue, but it does feel like it.

September 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Christianity Today
Christianity Today

The human interaction is just a little too precious and the digression away from the dogs and the main story is just too long for it to feel like anything but a major detour.

September 19, 2006 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

The film looks handsome, the photography is grand, and the dogs do their part admirably. Now, if it weren't for those pesky humans....

June 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

The movie is a perfectly decent work of fiction and an enjoyable family adventure.

May 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

There are times when resisting the Disney line just isn't worth the effort.

May 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

After two hours in Walker's slack-jawed company, you feel like you've just gone through the Antarctic winter yourself.

May 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Guardian

Walker and co. might get a healthy burst of screentime in the middle, but its the team of dogs who steal the show.

May 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

The dogs are adorable and the scenery is impressive, but this is poorly written, badly paced and at least 30 minutes too long.

April 21, 2006 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

The biggest accomplishment of all is keeping these wonderful, loveable sled dogs inhuman; they are dogs. And we love dogs.

April 16, 2006 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

It's entertaining and sweet, and rather annoyingly fake.

April 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Now, this is a kids' movie, first and foremost, so my high rating is based on the film's core demographic and not geared to snobby, Milk-Dud encrusted cinephiles who scoff at a little Mark Isham -engineered heart tugging.

March 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Cinerina

Perhaps you have to be a dog owner to be reduced to the blubbering mess that I found myself in by the end of Disney's Eight Below.

March 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Comments (3)
Q Network Film Desk

A cut way above. A nearly perfect family movie.

March 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Audience Reviews for Eight Below

If only those actors could act, we'd have ourselves a gold winner.
October 27, 2011

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August 12, 2011

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Stating that you should only watch this film for the dogs seems like quite obvious advice but to put up with the awful script, terrible acting and Jason 'Kill me now' Biggs, you have to be a big fan of our canine friends. Three stars purely for the Huskies.
November 5, 2010

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