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

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Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs boasts some excellent animation -- in particular, the dinosaurs are wonderfully realized -- but its story is tired and monotonous.

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The fun continues as Diego, Manny, and Sid all return for another round of prehistoric fun in this installment of the popular computer-animated children's series.

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

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  • While this latest Ice Age doesn't necessarily up the ante, this franchise is a very user-friendly one and a welcome sight for frazzled parents everywhere.

    August 30, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • "Dinosaurs" really doesn't break much ground when it comes to animation or storytelling, but I found this installment much easier to take than the previous two.

    May 16, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • The third part of the Ice Age saga suffers from franchise fatigue—the critters, most of whom we are familiar with from the past couple of films, and some that have been added in, don’t really get to do much that’s fresh and new.

    January 29, 2018 | Full Review…
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    February 18, 2012 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

    Nell Minow

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  • The coolest thing about this sequel is the use of dinosaurs.

    June 27, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Carr

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    April 4, 2011 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

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

  • Dec 18, 2015
    Once again, I'll only give this movie to Scrat.
    EpicLadySponge t Super Reviewer
  • Oct 18, 2012
    I think their timeline is out of chronological order. Furthermore, the story is just completely re-hashed.
    Jason 123 D Super Reviewer
  • Jul 12, 2012
    Voice acting continue to shine in this sequel, story was clichà (C) and out dated, but some of the one liners from Sid were quite funny.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jul 07, 2012
    Rarely does a film franchise peak during the third installment, but somehow "Ice Age" has. This third entry is by far the most entertaining of the film series(well, haven't seen 4 yet). The gang is back, and this time Ellie is pregnant. The herd starts to come unglued, as Manny is concentrating on Ellie's baby. Diego doesn't like the ideal of a domesticated life. As for Sid, well he stumbles underground and finds three eggs, and decides to have his own family. Only thing is, the eggs are dinosaur eggs, and the mother comes looking for them. She then takes her babies and Sid back underground to a secret dinosaur world below the surface. The group then goes on an adventure to save Sid, meeting the best character besides Scrat, Buck(Simon Pegg). Buck is a swashbuckling thrill seekers who leads the group while underground. Pegg brings a humor to the series that had been sorely lacking. Buck is "Ice Age's" equivalent to Puss in Boots. The comedy is definitely directed in a more broad scope, especially for adults. Lots of "about to have a baby" type of humor that parents will enjoy. The animation was by far the best of the series, and it's good to see how far it's come since the first movie. "Ice Age" as a franchise still ranks below most other animated franchises for me, but it gets better and better with each movie. Hopefully that trend continues. Side Note: I took my nephew Will to see this in the theater, it was his first movie. So funny seeing him, 3 years old I believe, with 3D glasses and a big tub of popcorn on his lap. Things like that make going to the movies so special.
    Everett J Super Reviewer

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