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Eight Below (2006)


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

Critics Consensus: 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
Reviews Counted: 39
Fresh: 23
Rotten: 16

Critics Consensus: 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: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 373,620


Movie Info

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 … More

PG (for some peril and brief mild language)
Drama , Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By:
Dave Digilio
In Theaters:
Jun 20, 2006
Box Office:
Buena Vista Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Eight Below

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.

Full Review… | May 27, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It's heartwarming, occasionally exciting, and some of the cinematography is exemplary.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 23, 2006
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 21, 2006
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

The plot's slavish schmaltz proves as oppressive as the harsh winter that descends upon the dogs.

Full Review… | February 21, 2006
Village Voice
Top Critic

... 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.

Full Review… | February 17, 2006
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 7, 2012
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.

Full Review… | May 27, 2011

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.

Full Review… | March 21, 2011

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.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

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

Full Review… | February 22, 2007
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.

Full Review… | September 22, 2006
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.

Full Review… | September 19, 2006
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....

Full Review… | June 12, 2006
Movie Metropolis

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

Full Review… | May 12, 2006
Sacramento News & Review

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

Full Review… | May 6, 2006
Sydney Morning Herald

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

Full Review… | May 6, 2006

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

Full Review… | May 6, 2006
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.

Full Review… | April 21, 2006

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

Full Review… | April 16, 2006
Urban Cinefile

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

Full Review… | April 6, 2006
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.

Full Review… | March 27, 2006

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.

Full Review… | March 18, 2006
Q Network Film Desk

A cut way above. A nearly perfect family movie.

Full Review… | March 14, 2006
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Audience Reviews for Eight Below

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

Scott Green

Super Reviewer


Alexander Diminiano

Super Reviewer


Eight below is an emotional and good movie. The problem is that they say it was based on a true story, when in reality the dogs were lost they have no idea what happened to the dogs. It was depressing at times but could also be kind and good hearted. Its worth a watch but only once or twice.

Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

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.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

Eight Below Quotes

Davis McClaren:
You gotta take chances for the things you care about.
– Submitted by Nia V (10 months ago)

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