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Eight Below Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
February 17, 2006
Pity the filmmakers lost their nerve just short of a big payoff.
| Original Score: 3/5
John P. McCarthy
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
February 21, 2006
'Eight Below' makes a compelling case for preferring animals to people.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
February 16, 2006
That Paul Walker is out-acted by several humans, eight dogs and a leopard seal shouldn't surprise anyone.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
February 17, 2006
Basically, what we have here is a stranded-animal movie in which the stranded animals are forced to split screen time with a mopey human character and his annoying, redundant friends.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
February 21, 2006
It's too clichéd, it's too rote, and honestly I think you have to care a little bit more about the individual dogs to believe that these people would care so much.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
February 15, 2006
Only an extraordinarily hubristic film would declare itself "The Most Amazing Story of Survival, Friendship, and Adventure Ever Told."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
February 17, 2006
If you've ever read an inspiring article in Reader's Digest that involved animals, I dare say there is no reason to watch this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
February 17, 2006
The dogs deserve the star treatment, because whenever [Paul] Walker and the other two-footers take over it's as if Jack Nicholson has yielded the spotlight to, say, David Schwimmer.
| Original Score: 2/4
Matt Pais
Metromix.com
February 17, 2006
Uninspiring and bland, Eight Below leaves you with nothing more than a greater appreciation for the insulating power of fur.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Erik Childress
eFilmCritic.com
February 16, 2006
Eight Below proves beyond a reasonable doubt that Paul Walker is a walking Botox laboratory, devoid of any screen presence or the necessary emotional projection to sell this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
February 18, 2006
I wish 'Eight Below' had spent more time showing those wonderful dogs instead of including so many uninspired segments with human actors.
David N. Butterworth
rec.arts.movies.reviews
March 11, 2006
Dogs rule, humans drool!
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
June 12, 2006
The film looks handsome, the photography is grand, and the dogs do their part admirably. Now, if it weren't for those pesky humans....
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
September 19, 2006
The human interaction is just a little too precious and the digression away from the dogs and the main story is just too long for it to feel like anything but a major detour.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
February 17, 2006
The requisite tagline 'inspired by true events' should read 'actually inspired by a much grittier Japanese film from 1983, which was based on events that occurred in 1957, that have here been updated to 1993.'
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
February 17, 2006
Providing you park your reason outside and let these amazing dogs do the work, which they appear delighted to do, Eight Below is an engaging enough way to spend an hour or two with the kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Emily Yoffe
Slate
February 23, 2006
Eight Below runs two hours and would have benefited from losing 30 minutes of that -- all of it from Jerry's (Paul Walker) protracted quest. The other human actors are simply types.
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Nathan Lee
New York Times
February 16, 2006
Abandoned by their masters when a storm hits Antarctica, eight amazing huskies find themselves instantly anthropomorphized.
| Original Score: 2/5
Peter T. Chattaway
Christianity Today
September 22, 2006
The film is padded out to a full two hours, which may not be quite as long as the dogs have to wait for their rescue, but it does feel like it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter L'Official
Village Voice
February 21, 2006
The plot's slavish schmaltz proves as oppressive as the harsh winter that descends upon the dogs.
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