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Ice Age (2002)



Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 164
Fresh: 126 | Rotten: 38

Even though Ice Age is treading over the same grounds as Monsters, Inc. and Shrek, it has enough wit and laughs to stand on its own.


Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 36
Fresh: 27 | Rotten: 9

Even though Ice Age is treading over the same grounds as Monsters, Inc. and Shrek, it has enough wit and laughs to stand on its own.



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Set against the onslaught of the ice age -- and a world filled with wonder and danger -- the story revolves around three unforgettable characters: a wooly mammoth, a saber-toothed tiger, and a sloth, who unite to return a human baby to his tribe.

Nov 26, 2002


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There's enough classically derived Road Runner-type fun to keep most family audiences happy. But the characters betray their contrivance.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Not as cute as it looks.

November 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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In all, we get a visually crisp, though generally tame, offering.

August 9, 2002
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Real Ice Ages were no jokes. They lasted about 100,000 years and froze most life on the planet. But as long as Leguizamo's Sid and Wedge's Scrat are on screen, this one warms you with laughter.

July 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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From the squirrel's mad, droopy eyes, to the rumba rhythms of Manny's rear end, to the way Diego settles into sleep like a tabby, these creatures are alive enough to love, and lament.

June 1, 2002 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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It's simply a fun, silly comedy, but then what's wrong with that?

May 1, 2002
Hollywood Reporter
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The highlight of the film turns out to be the character least integral to the "plot" ... [Scrat's] apparently eternal quest for a beloved chestnut...plays like a series of classic cartoon short subjects...

July 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinefantastique

The story is weak on logic, but the writing is warm and frequently laugh-out-loud funny.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source:

Ice Age isn't in the same league as its DreamWorks and Pixar competitors, but it is an enjoyable and well executed film nonetheless.

September 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

Ice Age has an unexpected warmth and enough funny lines to make this prehistoric road trip a family-friendly journey.

March 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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Scrat, easily the runaway star of Ice Age, is a wonderful wordless creation.

September 24, 2007 Full Review Source:

Delivers solid laughs and thrills wrapped up in an infectious sense of character.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

a cute film in its own right, and the character that is most to thank for this is the saber-toothed squirrel Scrat

April 5, 2006 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

To complain about the lack of originality is to ignore the real wit and joy behind this very fun film.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

One of the funniest movies of recent times, animated or otherwise.

September 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
Three Movie Buffs

A pleasantly diverting and quite amusing family flick.

May 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Warm and fuzzy.

January 1, 2005 Full Review Source:

A tremendous surprise. And one that doesn't wear out its welcome. The characters are original, likeable, and unpredictable.

December 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Looking Closer
Looking Closer

This prehistoric buddy pic has a heart bursting with good intentions, something that goes a long way in dimming from memory its inherent routineness.

March 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

With animated movies these days it's a case of survival of the funniest, but with its mix of slapstick and sentiment, Ice Age still has plenty to offer.

March 5, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

Despite its flaws, Ice Age is fun and mercifully short, providing your youngsters enough time to finish their popcorn, but not enough to start fidgeting.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

Aiming for cheap laughs and situational humor that doesn't appeal to the emotional side of its adult audience.

January 29, 2003
Cinema Sight

A thoroughly mediocre entry in the world of computer animation that does nothing to push the envelope technologically or creatively.

January 13, 2003 Full Review Source: Radio Free Entertainment
Radio Free Entertainment

Chris Wedge is wonderfully talented and the film looks terrific, but... it just isn't very interesting.

January 7, 2003 Full Review Source: Hot Button
Hot Button

The film has too many spots where it's on slippery footing, but is acceptable entertainment for the entire family and one that's especially fit for the kiddies.

December 25, 2002 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Ice Age

Possibly the best and most original animated film since 'Toy Story' and it had nothing to do with either CGI giants 'Pixar' or 'Dreamworks'.

To be fair the actual animation of this film is a lot more basic than most other top animated flicks. The film still looks good but has a slightly more 'Wanna Bros, Merry Melodies' look to it in my opinion, hinting at Chuck Jones a little maybe. Backdrops are nice but slightly minimalistic without much detail, same could be said for the main characters also. Of course it could also be simply down to the quality and skill of 'Blue Sky' not being quite on the same level as the big boys.

Obviously aimed at kids so one can't knock the really sappy babyish plot line. Like other CGI flicks it has been made so adults can enjoy also but end of the day the story is silly and juvenile with a mushy happy ending because its for kids.

Again to be really really honest the film is rather average if it wasn't for two simple elements, and they are 'Scrat' and 'Sid'. 'Sid' voiced by Leguizamo is a truly likeable guy that looks cute for the kiddies but gets good laughs for the older folk. Love the lisp Leguizamo used for this guys voice, gives him a crazy 'Daffy Duck' likeness which can't be bad right. Easily the best character out of the main trio and he does have some good lines along with 'Manny' the Mammoth. The saber-tooth tigers are pretty much you regular dastardly bad guys with cliched voices. Leary was an odd choice for 'Diego' (strange name choice too) but his calm quiet tones simmer with deception pleasantly.

I should also add that we may have found a use for Ray Romano's voice which doesn't annoy after five minutes. Yep Romano's voice actually fits the character of 'Manny' perfectly.

For me and I'm sure many others the whole film revolves around the high octane antics of 'Scrat'. His everlasting quest to get a hold of that darn acorn is clearly the highlight and saviour for the film, without this it would of been much much duller. I saw this crazy little guy in the original trailers and even then he lured you in despite the babyish look to the rest of the film, obviously the makers knew this and pushed it.
I think the little subplot that runs through the film is genius and probably the best looking sequences in the film. Just the right amount to keep you wanting more and staying for the whole film.

This is a highly popular franchise and I do see why, I enjoyed this film in places but others it did drag a touch. Kids will love it completely whilst adults will probably like segments, myself I loved 'Sid' and 'Scrat' but found the rest to be flat. It does pull on the heart strings at times which is good and I guess you could say its a feel good film even though it can be a tad bleak at times.

Still no 'Toy Story' beater but one of the best offerings around, maybe more for younger kids than you might like.
July 20, 2012

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I gotta say when this first came out, I didn't care for it at all. Everyone else seems to enjoy it, but I find it kind of boring and the animation just not that great compared to other movies. Rewatching it, I found not much has changed in my opinion. The characters are still borderline boring, the animation weak, and the story is pretty weak also. About some ice age misfits trying to save a human infant and all the mishaps that get in the way on their adventure. The voices are "meh, just ok" as Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, and Denis Leary lead the cast. The one saving grace for the franchise is Scrat. He's half rat, and half squirrel, and doesn't talk. He just makes weird noises, and his only goal in life is to get an acorn. He is pretty darn funny, and in my opinion the sole reason to watch this cartoon. Now I have yet to watch part 2, but I did see part 3 in the theater and thought it was an improvement. Hopefully the series gets better, as this first installment just doesn't hold up to animated standards that have been set by recent franchises like "Shrek" and "Madagascar." Still though, kids will love it(Grant dug it!), and with movies like this, that is all that really matters.
July 6, 2012
Everett Johnson

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Watching this film from a kids adventure standpoint, it is probably one of the best animated adventure films I have ever seen. It may not be wholly original when you look at the dialogue being delivered, but overall, it is bright, colourful, and funny. The emotion begins when a kid is taken from his tribe and three animals (a mammoth, a sloth, and a saber-tooth tiger) are trying to save him. They are then being hunted for being accused of stealing the kid. This film is very fun to watch and the freshness will never fade away. Dreamworks never fails with their animation, because the visuals are absolutely gorgeous! "Ice Age" is a great film for all ages!
July 5, 2012
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Ice Age isn't anything you've never seen before but it has memorable characters and enough comic spunk to entertain the whole family. The CGI is really crisp and detailed and is more colourful than more recent animated films.
November 4, 2011
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    1. Diego: Listen! I can help you!
    2. Manny: It's ok Sid, we'll find our way out.
    3. Diego: You can't the currents too strong, you have to trust me.
    4. Manny: Trust you! Why on Earth would we trust you?
    5. Diego: Because I'm your only chance.
    – Submitted by Christopher S (12 months ago)
    1. Diego: Get down! Get down, and follow me.
    2. Manny: What are you saying?
    3. Diego: There's an ambush waiting for you.
    4. Manny: What do you mean ambush.....? You set us up.
    5. Diego: I was my job. I was supposed to bring the baby, then....
    6. Manny: You brought us home for dinner!!!
    7. Sid: That's it, you're out of the herd!
    8. Diego: I'm sorry.
    9. Manny: No, you're not! Not, yet!
    – Submitted by Christopher S (12 months ago)
    1. Diego: Give it up Sid. You know humans can't talk.
    2. Sid: Diego!
    3. Diego: Nine lives, baby.
    – Submitted by Christopher S (12 months ago)
    1. Rhino: Save it for a mammal that cares.
    2. Sid: I'm a mammal that cares.
    – Submitted by Russell Q (13 months ago)
    1. Diego: Whoo, YEAH! Who's up for round TWO? [pause; embarrassed] Um, t-t-tell the kid to be more careful.
    – Submitted by Francis L (2 years ago)
    1. Sid: Well, I think mating for life is stupid. I mean, there's plenty of Sid to go around.
    – Submitted by Francis L (2 years ago)
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