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.


Josh Peck
as Eddie
Bill Hader
as Gazelle
Kristen Wiig
as Pudgy Beaver Mom
Karen Disher
as Scratte
Eunice Cho
as Diatryma Girl
Harrison Fahn
as Glypto Boy
Maile Flanagan
as Aardvark Mom
Jason Fricchione
as Adult Molehog Male
Kelly Keaton
as Molehog Mom/Shovelmouth Mom
Joey King
as Beaver Girl
Jane Lynch
as Diatryma Mom
Allegra Leguizamo
as Aardvark Girl
Lucas Leguizamo
as Aardvark Boy/Beaver Kid 2
Clea Lewis
as Start Mom
Christian Pikes
as Little Johnny (Aardvark Kid)
Joe Romano
as Ronald (Shovelmouth Boy)
Carlos Saldanha
as Dinosaur Babies/Flightless Bird
Sofia Scarpa Saldanha
as Molehog Girl 2
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Critic Reviews for Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Ice Age 3)

All Critics (163) | Top Critics (43) | Fresh (75) | Rotten (88)

  • The manic pace quickly grows tiresome, as does the influx of cloying baby animals.

    Aug 20, 2009 | Full Review…
  • Certainly not terrible, but ultimately forgettable and that means you should skip it.

    Jul 6, 2009
  • The whole movie is more of the same and I'm afraid the franchis is running out of steam.

    Jul 6, 2009 | Full Review…
  • As with the two earlier films, it's all a mite disorderly in tempo but often highly amusing and great fun in the main.

    Jul 3, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Derek Adams

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Children will probably enjoy Ice Age 3, but adults may find the script a little over-sophisticated, not to say conflicted in its attitudes towards women.

    Jul 3, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Whereas the previous chapters were sweetly anarchic, full of wisecracks and narrative digressions but also curious about eco-issues such as global warming and the extinction of species, this effort is dramatically inert and uninspired.

    Jul 3, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic

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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