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Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Ice Age 3) Reviews

August 20, 2009
The manic pace quickly grows tiresome, as does the influx of cloying baby animals.
July 6, 2009
Certainly not terrible, but ultimately forgettable and that means you should skip it.
July 6, 2009
The whole movie is more of the same and I'm afraid the franchis is running out of steam.
July 3, 2009
As with the two earlier films, it's all a mite disorderly in tempo but often highly amusing and great fun in the main.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 2, 2009
Rather than evolving, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs treads on familiar and infertile ground.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 2, 2009
There's a sense of ineptness in a script that constantly reaches, with only modest success, for amusing things that the mammoths and their friends can do.
July 2, 2009
There are chases and escapes, morals and messages, comedy and character... but when the fur stops flying, it still feels more frozen than fresh.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
July 1, 2009
It's not utterly without charm. Only here, that charm feels less earned than manufactured, a product not of evolution -- or even intelligent design -- but of cynical, soulless opportunism.
July 1, 2009
This rambunctious outing -- the third in the franchise -- is cute enough to engage kids and just smart enough to keep the chaperones entertained.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 1, 2009
If the third Ice Age were a bit better, there would be little need to dwell on the inconsistencies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 1, 2009
Nobody seems to be working too hard in Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs.
Full Review | Original Score: C
July 1, 2009
With its three-dimensional action and two-dimensional feelings, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is warmed-over nonsense.
July 1, 2009
Nice, sweet, safe.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
July 1, 2009
The finest idiosyncratic pleasure of this franchise remains the ongoing relationship of hapless squirrel-rat Scrat to his beloved acorn.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 1, 2009
This is true family fun. Not the two-tiered sort where there are potty jokes for the kids and pop culture references for the parents. Not only will everyone be laughing at the same time, they'll be laughing at the same things.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
July 1, 2009
What follows: crude jokes, sweet lessons, Simon Pegg as an adventurer gone insane, and a bunch of decent animation, which select patrons will see in impressive 3-D. Ideally they'll be about 8 years old and hopped up on Junior Mints.
Read More | Original Score: C+
July 1, 2009
Lacking even the briefest flicker of a joke not culled from the fart-gag, pop-cultural-reference grab bag, the latest installment in Fox's most durable kiddie franchise offers unreasonably devoted parents less than usual to look forward to.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 1, 2009
This third trip to the Ice Age cooler should delight families with its amusing new dino buddies, even as it risks terrifying tots.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 1, 2009
There's no breathing life into a formula that ought to have bowed out gracefully while the going was good.
July 1, 2009
Not bad, not good.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 1, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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June 30, 2009
A sweet little comedy, both family-friendly and centered on a nontraditional family — and so suitable for pretty much everyone.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
June 30, 2009
Why does the third installment of this animated tale often feel so glacial it's a wonder Ray Romano's Manny the mammoth doesn't freeze in his tracks?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 30, 2009
What? Dawn of the dinosaurs? In the Ice Age? You've got to be kidding.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
June 30, 2009
There's little evidence of creativity either in the paint-by-numbers time-travelling plot or the sort of ad-libs you associate with gag writers sitting around a boardroom table.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
June 30, 2009
Yes, dinosaurs are cool. Just not cool enough to save this sequel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 30, 2009
Director Carlos Saldanha did such an excellent job infusing the second installment with energy that it's a shame he was unable to do the same with Part 3.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 30, 2009
Even the antics of little Scrat fall flat this time. The rodent whose pursuit of an elusive nut was the highlight of the first movies are tired and strained here.
June 30, 2009
Prehistory repeats itself in this dispiritingly slothful third installment.
June 30, 2009
Let us thank the producers of Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs for remembering that adults sit beside the youngest viewers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 30, 2009
Some of the jokes work. The story seems concocted by a committee of Blackberries. But the 3D CG animation is quite an improvement from the first two films.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
June 30, 2009
This is pretty silly stuff, even for a children's movie, and it sort of sells out the one original point the series used to have: Here was a prehistoric adventure that refused to go the yabba-dabbo-do route.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 30, 2009
Most of Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is pedestrian kiddie fare. At least the 3D helps counter the film's prevailing dullness.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 30, 2009
Treacly and barely amusing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 30, 2009
Even new scenes involving the once-hilarious Scrat, the hapless critter who can't hold onto an acorn, feel worn out. That's when you know it's time to go.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 30, 2009
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is the best of the three films about our friends in the inter-species herd of plucky prehistoric heroes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 30, 2009
The animation is first-rate, and the first look at the lost world beneath the ice is stunning, particularly in 3-D.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 30, 2009
Never representative of more than mediocrity from a technical or story-based standpoint, the Ice Age series has reached a new nadir with its third entry.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 22, 2009
With appreciably greater emphasis on action than its predecessors, and clever use of 3-D trickery to enhance storytelling as well as offer spectacle, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs could prove the third time really is the charm.