Eight Below Reviews

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Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia
November 7, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/5

Film4
May 27, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
May 27, 2011
Live-action animal adventures have always been a Disney specialty, and this one has a pretty compelling plot.
Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net
March 21, 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 | Original Score: 7/10
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kevin Lally
Film Journal International
February 22, 2007
It's the canine players who carry the movie and will capture the hearts of viewers young and old.
Peter T. Chattaway
Christianity Today
September 22, 2006
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
September 19, 2006
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 | Original Score: 6/10
Top Critic
Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
It's heartwarming, occasionally exciting, and some of the cinematography is exemplary.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
June 12, 2006
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 | Original Score: 6/10
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
May 12, 2006
The movie is a perfectly decent work of fiction and an enjoyable family adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
May 6, 2006
There are times when resisting the Disney line just isn't worth the effort.
Andrew Pulver
Guardian
May 6, 2006
After two hours in Walker's slack-jawed company, you feel like you've just gone through the Antarctic winter yourself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Simon Braund
Empire Magazine
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
April 21, 2006
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
April 16, 2006
The biggest accomplishment of all is keeping these wonderful, loveable sled dogs inhuman; they are dogs. And we love dogs.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
April 6, 2006
It's entertaining and sweet, and rather annoyingly fake.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 27, 2006
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 | Original Score: 4/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
March 18, 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 | Original Score: 3/5
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
March 14, 2006
A cut way above. A nearly perfect family movie.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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