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Eight Below Reviews

May 27, 2011
Live-action animal adventures have always been a Disney specialty, and this one has a pretty compelling plot.
June 24, 2006
It's heartwarming, occasionally exciting, and some of the cinematography is exemplary.
Top Critic
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.
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.
February 21, 2006
The plot's slavish schmaltz proves as oppressive as the harsh winter that descends upon the dogs.
February 17, 2006
... the canine cuteness, breathtaking action and acts of bravery are worth braving the Disney elements -- overpowering, poignant music, an unnecessary romantic subplot -- if you like your movies doggy-style.
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
February 17, 2006
If you don't choke up at least once during the dogs' engaging adventure, you obviously prefer cats.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 17, 2006
The movie is overly long and much too intense for small children, yet it's filled with dialogue and plot turns that are too juvenile to thrill adult audiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
February 17, 2006
Eight Below is dazzling to look at, and nicely intercuts the human relationships with the pooches' awesome struggles to stay alive in the white, wintry wild.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 17, 2006
Pity the filmmakers lost their nerve just short of a big payoff.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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.'
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 17, 2006
Watching the canines scamper across glaciers is far more entertaining than watching Walker wander around depressed. The movie should be more March of the Huskies and less Dude, Where's My Sled?
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
February 17, 2006
Walker, of 2 Fast 2 Furious, is 2 flat 2 forgettable.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 17, 2006
The film milks every opportunity to yank the heartstrings, but despite the calculation in its soul, Eight Below still manages to be a moving story about -- what else? -- the power of love.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
February 17, 2006
It's difficult to gauge who gets stranded more in Eight Below: the team of sled dogs left at the bottom of the world or audience members forced to sludge through two hours of very human melodrama to see them reunited with their handler.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 17, 2006
If you thought imperiled emperor penguins were heartwrenching, beware of these dogs.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 17, 2006
Eight Below is the Brian's Song of dog movies: schmaltzy, feel-goody, inspired-by-a-true-story-y. It's formulaic and frequently over the top, 30 minutes too long and altogether too slow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 17, 2006
It's the most touching love story about tragically separated sexy beasts since Cold Mountain.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 16, 2006
This is one of those lazy, lukewarm pictures that's even more disappointing than a purely bad one, and for one glaring reason: How could Marshall, his writers, and even his actors have let these dogs down so badly?
February 16, 2006
Frank Marshall is smart enough to know his core audience of kiddies came to see the dogs, who take center stage in many of the film's best sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
February 16, 2006
It's an engrossing film that reminds us of the nobility and grace of man's best friend, and of the fierce will to survive in the face of the harshest of odds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 16, 2006
Abandoned by their masters when a storm hits Antarctica, eight amazing huskies find themselves instantly anthropomorphized.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
February 16, 2006
This family adventure about a team of sled dogs abandoned in Antarctica naturally invokes the traditional shout of 'Mush!' urging the canines to go faster, but it's also an apt descriptor of both its shameless sentimentality and ineptly structured story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 16, 2006
Following the success of last year's March of the Penguins, and now Eight Below -- an equally triumphal processional of dogs across the bottom of the world -- Cinema Antarctica is suddenly sizzling hot!
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 16, 2006
In 2002, the cringefest Snow Dogs stripped huskies of their dignity. Eight Below restores it.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
February 16, 2006
The interaction between the dogs, some of whom have beautiful crystalline white coats, is far more fascinating than what goes on between the two-legged mammals, which is sometimes mushy (pun intended).
Full Review | Original Score: B-
February 16, 2006
The eight canine stars of Eight Below pull their weight literally and figuratively in this lively dog-in-jep adventure from Disney.
February 16, 2006
Although the movie blatantly panders to pet lovers, it deserves high marks for not jettisoning credibility in the process. Its bite is as good as its bark.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 16, 2006
Eight Below may be a Disney Lite version of a true story about sled dogs left to survive on their own in the Antarctic wilderness, but it's still a weeper for those for whom the loss of one dog is too much.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 16, 2006
As magnificent as the setting is, the dogs are more so.
Read More | Original Score: B
February 16, 2006
Remarkable, how in a film where we know with an absolute certainty that all or most of the dogs must survive, Eight Below succeeds as an effective story. It works by focusing on the dogs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 16, 2006
[Frank Marshall] isn't exactly a cinematic poet, but he does a fine job delineating each individual dog's personality, as well as the shifting hierarchy of power within the pack.
February 15, 2006
[A] spirit-affirming family affair about the resourcefulness of God's creatures.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 15, 2006
Not since Lassie Come Home has there been such a wonderful film about the limitless bonds between men and dogs that triumph over adversity.
February 14, 2006
The family adventure Eight Below is an easy watch, thanks to the splendors of frosty scenery and furry canines.
February 14, 2006
Disney may have written the book on live-action animal adventure stories, but it has been quite a while since there has been a chapter as terrific as Eight Below.