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Ice Age 2: The Meltdown Reviews

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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The storyline wanes towards the end and, from the kids' point of view, the whole package lacks momentum.
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Jim Ridley
Village Voice
April 4, 2006
Watching this zoo of long-vanished quadrupeds, you're left with an eerie message for our own warming times: They fought the thaw, and the thaw won.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 3, 2006
[The film] has lots of energy, some decent animation and good voice-over work -- but no real story and few chuckles.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
March 31, 2006
A tad crasser and pushier than its predecessor, Ice Age: The Meltdown is still an entirely serviceable follow-up to the 2002 hit that will thoroughly amuse kids and get a rise or two out of parents as well.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
March 31, 2006
The Meltdown is at least faithful to its predecessor in the sense of being equally as underwhelming.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 31, 2006
The film feels visually richer than its predecessor, but has the same brand of uncomplicated all-ages charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
March 31, 2006
The Meltdown is less a story than a series of complicated slapstick bits -- the physical gags are often enjoyable, but there's not much else to the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 31, 2006
On the short list of sequels superior to the originals -- alphabetically between The Godfather, Part II and Toy Story 2 -- you may enter Ice Age: The Meltdown.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
March 31, 2006
You'll take your kids, yes. But don't be surprised if this one leaves them cold as you-know-what.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 31, 2006
Ice Age: The Meltdown, a follow-up to the 2002 animated prehistoric hit, is the rare sequel that is better than the original.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
March 31, 2006
A good-natured, gag-filled sequel to the hit animated movie about animals trying to evade extinction while trading one-liners.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Debruge
Miami Herald
March 31, 2006
There's not much to Ice Age: The Meltdown, but it's enjoyable all the same.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
March 31, 2006
Ice Age: The Meltdown crosses familiar territory but does so with exceeding sweetness and no shortage of visual imagination, bolstering what is, in essence, a fairly simplistic road movie with an eco-conscious twist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Luke Sader
Hollywood Reporter
March 31, 2006
A raucously fun, fluid follow-up with an ecological message.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 31, 2006
The sequel to Ice Age is very much like the original: witty and imaginative at times, dull and predictable at others.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
March 31, 2006
There's something disheartening about the way the writers and director have to give so much of the dialogue double meaning, all literal for the kiddies and full of double-entendres and pop culture references for the parents.
| Original Score: 2/4
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David Germain
Associated Press
March 31, 2006
The movie is right on par with the 2002 original: brisk, pleasant and loaded with slapstick that should keep young children giggling.
| Original Score: B-
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
March 31, 2006
If the rest of Meltdown is a three-star movie, Scrat brings four stars every time. Perhaps by the next sequel, they'll dispense with the filler and give Scrat his own movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
March 31, 2006
Even when Meltdown melts down, it's still fun to look at.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 31, 2006
Ice Age: The Meltdown is pure sequel product that should make children and undemanding grown-ups happy even as it lacks anything resembling storytelling inspiration.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kathy Cano Murillo
Arizona Republic
March 30, 2006
Despite the plot cracks, Ice Age: The Meltdown is a solid treat for parents and kids alike.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
March 30, 2006
With its appealing combination of humor and endearing characters -- many of whom are back from the first film -- it is at least as good as the original Ice Age, and possibly better.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
March 30, 2006
I enjoyed the computer-animated Ice Age, and its sequel, Ice Age: The Meltdown, is just about as good.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
March 30, 2006
The animation is first-rate, but the story needs to catch up to the magic. Otherwise, what's the point?
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 30, 2006
The first Ice Age movie more or less exhausted these characters and their world, and the meltdown doesn't add much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
March 30, 2006
Creative exhaustion haunts Ice Age: The Meltdown, as the characters from 2002's Ice Age face global warming and the submersion of their valley.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 30, 2006
Ice Age: The Meltdown has its share of humorous moments, but most of these involve the squirrel. The main plot involving the exodus and the Mammoth romance is more often dull than amusing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 30, 2006
Forget two thumbs up. Ice Age: The Meltdown earns three toes up -- of the sloth variety.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
March 30, 2006
This Ice Age is still a good movie (especially for kids) with top-of-the-tech CGI.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Phil Kloer
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 30, 2006
Ice Age: The Meltdown is fine, in much the same way the first one was fine -- not as inventive as Pixar, but not out scratching for jokes like Chicken Little.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
March 30, 2006
The movie still retains the goofy charm, stylish visuals and attention to character of its fine 2002 predecessor.
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
March 30, 2006
It's more like watching a typical animated-shorts collectio--a few highlights, a lot of clinkers--than like watching an actual movie
| Original Score: C
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 29, 2006
Ice Age: The Meltdown blithely looks on the bright side of life, amassing a screen full of vultures to sing and dance 'Food Glorious Food' and daring us not to get happy.
Full Review | Original Score: B+