Ice Age: Continental Drift Reviews

Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
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July 13, 2012

Yes, this is the part where I outsource my critical role to my children. If you are the kind of person who (quite understandably) abhors this particular gimmick, you may wish to stop reading now.

Jonathan Kiefer
Village Voice
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July 13, 2012

The best bits are basic and all but voiceless: those Scrat-intensive set pieces, still inspiredly squirrelly if much too far apart.

William Goss
Film.com
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July 13, 2012

These films are generally good at being good enough, and the fourth installment, Ice Age: Continental Drift, doesn't deviate from that modest tradition.

Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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July 13, 2012

In the end, this latest "Ice Age" movie is about as surprising and unpredictable as a glacier. And not much more fun.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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July 13, 2012

Whenever I watch an "Ice Age" movie, I understand how my mother felt whenever I zoned out in front of the television after school.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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July 13, 2012

Popping from one silly set piece to another is all that really concerns the screenwriters.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean O'Connell
Washington Post
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July 13, 2012

Logic may be extinct, but, boy, do these movies whiz by like ice cubes zipping across a linoleum floor.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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July 12, 2012

The dialogue is sometimes too sluggish and definitely too preachy, the ending is a little too sappy, yet somehow this strange collection of prehistoric critters and their completely illogical life are consistently likable, if not quite lovable.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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July 12, 2012

This fourth installment featuring the computer-animated, prehistoric critters is aimless and derivative. While the first Ice Age movie in 2002 was inventive and cute, there's far too little here that's fresh.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
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July 12, 2012

The plot ... just barrels forward with very few surprises.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tom Russo
Boston Globe
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July 12, 2012

Dinklage works hard, and his gold-toothed monkey mariner is amusingly designed, but it's not nearly enough to shake the sense that we're watching elaborate filler.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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July 12, 2012

In a world where family flicks are split between the inspired and the insipid, it's time to let Manny and his mates drift out to sea.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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July 12, 2012

They keep pumping out more "Ice Age" movies, as if it were some sort of "Rocky" for kids or something, and if they never reach the heights of the best animated fare, they chug along efficiently.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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July 12, 2012

How many times do they need to reassert the message that family comes first and friends are forever?

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
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July 12, 2012

It all would have been more enjoyable without all the treacle and pandering.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jake Coyle
Associated Press
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July 12, 2012

The filmmakers stuff the film to a manic degree, albeit with increasingly textured animation.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
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July 12, 2012

The frenetic pace masks an emptiness; this Ice Age is just a collection of slapstick moments and fisticuffs, with pauses for Sid to regurgitate food into his paw and show it to everyone.

A.O. Scott
New York Times
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July 12, 2012

"Continental Drift," like its predecessors, is much too friendly to dislike, and its vision of interspecies multiculturalism is generous and appealing.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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July 12, 2012

It's not very funny, but your kids might like it. For the record.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
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July 12, 2012

The picture's a scream, courtesy of Scrat.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sam Adams
AV Club
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July 12, 2012

Continental Drift feels less like an extension of a theatrical franchise than an episode of a middling TV cartoon, lolling around on territory that's already been settled.

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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July 12, 2012

The characters are manic and idiotic, the dialogue is rat-a-tat chatter, the action is entirely at the service of the 3-D, and the movie depends on bright colors, lots of noise and a few songs in between the whiplash moments.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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July 11, 2012

A mild bounce back from the dinosaur doldrums of the last Ice Age movie.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
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July 11, 2012

The nothing-special Ice Age: Continental Drift is the library paste of movies -- smooth and flavorless, kids eagerly consume it despite its total lack of nutritional value.

James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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July 11, 2012

Kids will enjoy themselves and adults won't feel the urge to spend the duration hiding out in the restrooms. Some of the jokes are funny.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Derek Adams
Time Out
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July 10, 2012

Frivolous fun.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Megan Lehmann
Hollywood Reporter
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June 26, 2012

It's familiar, drawn-out shtick, and the humor lacks the subtlety of the first and best Ice Age, but there are some visually inventive high points.