“Well, Why Don't They Call It The Big Chill? Or The Nippy Era?”
Ice Age never matches the brilliance of Toy Story or the heartfelt heft of Shrek, but it's an antic and sweet-spirited pleasure.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Mr. Wedge and Mr. Saldanha handle the mix of verbal jokes and slapstick well. Their film falters, however, in its adherence to the Disney philosophy of required poignancy, a salute that I'd hoped the movie would avoid.
Elvis Mitchell - New York Times
You could do a lot worse for the Easter holidays than this.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
A minor delight but a delight just the same ...
Mike Clark - USA Today
Full of visual dazzle, engaging characters and a reasonably sprightly narrative.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
Family entertainment at its most bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
Janice Page - Boston Globe
It has taken 20th Century Fox a while to land on the animation scoreboard. Now it has. Ice Age is the coolest animation in town.
Jay Carr - Boston Globe
The movie suffers every time the creatures have to say the words the screenwriters have foisted on them.
Eric Harrison - Houston Chronicle
Produced by 20th Century Fox, Ice Age falls short of classic status. But it's one of the best such features not to wear the Disney or DreamWorks banner.
Philip Wuntch - Dallas Morning News
[D]espite its familiar subject matter, Ice Age is consistently amusing and engrossing ...
Steven Rosen - Denver Post
Yet another marvelously funny digital-animation feature.
Peter Rainer - New York Magazine
I came to scoff and stayed to smile.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Real Ice Ages were no jokes. They lasted about 100,000 years and froze most life on the planet. But as long as Leguizamo's Sid and Wedge's Scrat are on screen, this one warms you with laughter.
Michael Wilmington - Chicago Tribune
On its icy face, the new film is a subzero version of Monsters, Inc., without the latter's imagination, visual charm or texture.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
... a visually pleasing, imaginative entertainment for the family audience.
Susan Stark - Detroit News
Over the years, Hollywood has crafted a solid formula for successful animated movies, and Ice Age only improves on it, with terrific computer graphics, inventive action sequences and a droll sense of humor.
Bill Muller - Arizona Republic
It's clever enough to amuse adults, yet sufficiently kid-friendly to delight tykes with diminutive attention spans.
Joe Leydon - Variety
Almost everything about Ice Age proves to be disappointingly generic.
Jonathan Foreman - New York Post
Ice Age is full of wonderful throw-away gags, both visual and verbal.
Jay Boyar - Orlando Sentinel
... ranks up there in the highest class of animated features.
Daphne Gordon - Toronto Star
No evolutionary leap forward in the world of computer-generated animation, just another palatable, familiar children's diversion in shiny new form.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
Kids, of course, will love Ice Age. Adults will be entertained, but no more.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
It's simply a fun, silly comedy, but then what's wrong with that?
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
As written by Michael Berg and Michael J. Wilson from a story by Wilson, this relentless, all-wise-guys-all-the-time approach tries way too hard and gets tiring in no time at all.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
The highlight of the film turns out to be the character least integral to the "plot" ... [Scrat's] apparently eternal quest for a beloved chestnut...plays like a series of classic cartoon short subjects...
Steve Biodrowski - Cinefantastique
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
The story is weak on logic, but the writing is warm and frequently laugh-out-loud funny.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
Ice Age isn't in the same league as its DreamWorks and Pixar competitors, but it is an enjoyable and well executed film nonetheless.
Ice Age has an unexpected warmth and enough funny lines to make this prehistoric road trip a family-friendly journey.
James Plath - DVDTown.com
James Plath - Movie Metropolis
Scrat, easily the runaway star of Ice Age, is a wonderful wordless creation.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
Delivers solid laughs and thrills wrapped up in an infectious sense of character.
Ian Freer - Empire Magazine
There's enough classically derived Road Runner-type fun to keep most family audiences happy. But the characters betray their contrivance.
Geoff Andrew - Time Out
a cute film in its own right, and the character that is most to thank for this is the saber-toothed squirrel Scrat
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
To complain about the lack of originality is to ignore the real wit and joy behind this very fun film.
Michael Dequina - Film Threat
One of the funniest movies of recent times, animated or otherwise.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
A pleasantly diverting and quite amusing family flick.
Scott Weinberg - Apollo Guide
Warm and fuzzy.
Staci Layne Wilson - StaciWilson.com
A tremendous surprise. And one that doesn't wear out its welcome. The characters are original, likeable, and unpredictable.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Looking Closer
This prehistoric buddy pic has a heart bursting with good intentions, something that goes a long way in dimming from memory its inherent routineness.
Kimberley Jones - Austin Chronicle
With animated movies these days it's a case of survival of the funniest, but with its mix of slapstick and sentiment, Ice Age still has plenty to offer.
Harry Guerin - RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
Despite its flaws, Ice Age is fun and mercifully short, providing your youngsters enough time to finish their popcorn, but not enough to start fidgeting.
John R. McEwen - Film Quips Online
Scott A. Mantz - Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
Aiming for cheap laughs and situational humor that doesn't appeal to the emotional side of its adult audience.
Wesley Lovell - Oscar Guy
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
A thoroughly mediocre entry in the world of computer animation that does nothing to push the envelope technologically or creatively.
Andrew Manning - Radio Free Entertainment
Chris Wedge is wonderfully talented and the film looks terrific, but... it just isn't very interesting.
David Poland - Hot Button
The film has too many spots where it's on slippery footing, but is acceptable entertainment for the entire family and one that's especially fit for the kiddies.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
From what I've seen so far this year, Ice Age has got to be the leading contender for best animated film at this year's Oscars.
Matt Easterbrook - Matt's Movie Reviews
These people wouldn't know subtle characterization if it put on a giant furry monster costume and then gave them a lapdance.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
A very pleasant viewing experience.
Dragan Antulov - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Not as cute as it looks.
- Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Computer-animated fable has newfangled look, old-fashioned laughs.
James Rocchi - Netflix
Young children will enjoy it; accompanying adults will be glad it's only 80 minutes long.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
A good, solid, enjoyable animated film for all ages.
Jean Lowerison - San Diego Metropolitan
I'm not the world's biggest fan of animated films, but this one had me smiling.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
A really sweet film that has none of the cynical, sex-filled junk that polluted Shrek.
Jimmy O - Film Snobs
Fresh, funny and richly imagined.
Margaret A. McGurk - Cincinnati Enquirer
You want to like it simply because it obviously is trying so hard to be liked.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Far from the over-polished sheen of recent CGI features... the [animation's] basic line-structures are stylistically reminiscent of cave drawings.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
I was ready, willing and able to let my heart be warmed, but there was no crescendo or mammoth emotional journey.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
The inventive look of the film and a sporadic stream of funny gags keep us watching, even if the characters and plot aren't exactly ground-breaking.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
In all, we get a visually crisp, though generally tame, offering.
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
...benign, sweet, modest ... a pleasant bit of family-friendly piffle, as unburdened by significance as a Tex Avery cartoon.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
The message is that even the most unlikely can link together to conquer all kinds of obstacles, whether they be of nature, of man or of one another.
Michael Szymanski - Zap2it.com
A revelation: a computer-generated film that brings an expressionistic sensibility to the three-dimensional world of CG images.
Marshall Fine - Journal News (Westchester, NY)
It has nary an original frame in its digital reel.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
While not quite "Shrek" or Monsters, Inc.", it's not too bad. It's worth taking the kids to.
Paul Salfen - Supercala.com
Adequate but not nearly up to snuff. Unlikeable protagonists.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
Madeleine Williams - Cinematter
This animated feature may not have quite the appeal to adult audiences as some recent films, but it will have the younger crowd squealing with delight.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
Director Chris Wedge and screenwriters Michael Berg, Michael J. Wilson and Peter Ackerman create some episodes that rival vintage Looney Tunes for the most creative mayhem in a brief amount of time.
James Sanford - James Sanford on Film
From the squirrel's mad, droopy eyes, to the rumba rhythms of Manny's rear end, to the way Diego settles into sleep like a tabby, these creatures are alive enough to love, and lament.
Manohla Dargis - L.A. Weekly
Manfred, Sid, and Diego demonstrate the old Ice Age adage that a friend is someone who knows all your faults and likes you just the same.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
A Era do Gelo diverte, mas nao convence. E um passatempo descompromissado - e so.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
If it wasn't trying so hard to be funny, this unremarkable yet pleasantly entertaining movie might be an exceptionally good film. As it is, it's just plain good.
Audrey Rock-Richardson - Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
Has neither the invention and creativity of Monsters nor the satiric wit of Shrek, but it still emerges as the best new family film of the season.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
A funny and lighthearted three-dimensional cartoon. Inspired and imaginative humor.
Mark Dujsik - Movie Reviewing Teens
The story, basic as it is, is simply setup for a series of gags and adventures, and the movie is inventive and imaginative in coming up with its humor.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
I laughed more at "Ice Age" than at "Shrek" and "Monsters Inc." combined.
Larry Carroll - Countingdown.com
Loved it, loved it, loved it.
David Cornelius - eFilmCritic.com
The sweet, happy ending will satisfy the movie goers.
Shirley Klass - Fantastica Daily
Dull and mechanical, kinda like a very goofy museum exhibit
Ian Waldron-Mantgani - UK Critic
Ice Age is wonderful.
Emily Blunt - Blunt Review
... nicely entertains and gives all audiences something to enjoy, which is always the goal for any would-be blockbuster...
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Un triunfo de la animacion y una muestra de lo que se puede lograr dejando volar libremente la imaginacion de chicos y grandes.
Jorge Avila Andrade - Moviola
It's a keeper.
Elias Savada - Nitrate Online
I think it's a safe bet that Ice Age will be a front-runner for next year's Best Animated Film Oscar.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
I would recommend this film more to kids than adults...
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
While it doesn't stumble over itself, it doesn't exactly swing for the fences either.
Shay Casey - Daily-Reviews
- Boston Phoenix
funny and sweet and often clever, but it sometimes feels a little too formulaic
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
The dynamic personalities of the characters more than compensate for any slight deficits in the laugh department.
Edward Johnson-Ott - NUVO Newsweekly
Una cinta digna de pelear con los estudios y empresas fuertes en el area y una historia entretenida y divertida que incluye los elementos claves del exito comercial
Alex Ramirez - Cinenganos
As a pre-historical/hysterical document Ice Age is more than a little suspect but its signature squirrel more than makes up for it.
David N. Butterworth - Movie Boeuf
A clever and beautifully designed computer-animated feature that often measures up to the standards set by last year's two CGI blockbusters, Shrek and Monsters, Inc.
Kevin Lally - Film Journal International
Ice Age won't drop your jaw, but it will warm your heart, and I'm giving it a strong thumbs up.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
Mark R. Leeper - Dog Pile
Susan Granger - www.susangranger.com
It is not of the same knock out caliber of "Shrek" or "Monster's, Inc." but "Ice Age" packs a respectable punch of its own.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Manages to remain consistently entertaining and delightful throughout.
Jane Crowther - BBC
In the pantheon of recent animated films, Ice Age fits under Toy Story (less depth), across from Shrek (less adult sass) and above Monsters Inc. (far livelier).
Kim Linekin - eye WEEKLY
Cute, funny, heartwarming digitally animated feature film with plenty of slapstick humor for the kids, lots of in-jokes for the adults and heart enough for everyone.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
If you haven't lost the ability to wind back the years for eighty minutes you'll find much to like.
Andrew Howe - eFilmCritic.com
Vivid conception with amusing, witty stretches that offset the intervals of goo.
Gene Seymour - Newsday
... Ice Age treads predictably along familiar territory, making it a passable family film that won't win many fans over the age of 12.
Glenn Whipp - Los Angeles Daily News
This is one of 20th Century Fox's first ventures into the world of animation, in partnership with Blue Sky Productions, and they've hit a home run.
Paul Clinton (CNN.com) - CNN.com
The film's saving grace, though, comes from the individual charm of this distinct voicecast, who end up saving the day and teaching us age-old lessons in friendship.
- E! Online
Ice Age will probably get enough kids smiling to earn its big cost back, and then some. And yet there is a safeness here, a corporate sameness, a sense of throwing the public a prehistoric bone, smack into the multiplex cave.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch
It is painful to watch the inferior aspects of the film sink under the muddy vestiges of its superior facets.
Jon Lap - Apollo Guide
All in all, Ice Age was pleasant enough. I would liken it to Jello, something that I might have once a year when I'm not feeling well or there's nothing much better to eat.
Jim Chastain - Norman Transcript
... crackles with slick, eye-catching animation and off-the-wall humor.
Todd Anthony - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Romano has the perfect voice for a large, furry, short-tempered beast.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
... a lesson in prehistoric hilarity.
Glenn Lovell - San Jose Mercury News
If all of Ice Age had been about the tenacious rodent's misadventures, the movie might have been a minor classic. But Scrat is a minor supporting character, and Ice Age is just passable entertainment.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
Think about the last time cartoon characters could bring you to tears as well as laughter, and you'll realize that this movie is as rare as the creatures that people it.
Sue Pierman - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
A very entertaining family film with a relevant moral: in a dangerous world looking out for number one just won't cut it.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
The animation is clean, efficient and clever -- certainly on a par with other recent computer-generated sagas
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
At the same time touching, funny and breathtaking.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
Although we eventually warm up to the amiable Ice Age, we still feel as if we're watching Shrek on Ice, or Mastodons, Inc., so formulaic is the storytelling.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
Overall, not a bad weekend matinee for the whole family.
The really vexing thing is that it already contains the seed of a really good, funny animated film and seems not to know it.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
Although some early characters, like Kristen Johnson's female sloth, were iced, there's still plenty to like.
Jackie Potts - Citysearch
What sets Ice Age apart from similar family fare are a witty script and the all-digital animation that is so fresh to the eyes.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
The creative animation work may not look as fully 'rendered' as Pixar's industry standard, but it uses lighting effects and innovative backgrounds to an equally impressive degree.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
In the annals of big-budget, modern-day animated excursions, Ice Age is one of the lesser efforts.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Sounds like your standard road movie about a bunch of guys who get on each other's nerves, right? While Ice Age might fall in parts within these limitations, it also exceeds them in several respects.
Tracy McLoone - PopMatters
Ice Age comes closer than any other recent animated film to the Looney Tunes ideal.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Truly this Ice Age is not enough. Bring on the next one as soon as possible.
Louis B. Hobson - Jam! Movies
... unlike many family-oriented movies, Ice Age isn't afraid to frighten or disturb.
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
... a pleasant enough way to spend a matinee afternoon with the children in life.
Bob Aulert - culturevulture.net
... no matter your age, this is one great Age to be at.
Frank Lovece - TV Guide's Movie Guide
... cute, pleasant, unadventurous.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
Not bad, but certainly not as continuously fun as its trailer ...
Jim Judy - Screen It!
... there's enough cool fun here to warm the hearts of animation enthusiasts of all ages.
Michael Tunison - Boxoffice Magazine
... generically, forgettably pleasant from start to finish.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
It's really good in spots and mediocre in others. But on the whole a worthy effort.
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
Ice Age posits a heretofore unfathomable question: Is it possible for computer-generated characters to go through the motions?
Robert Wilonsky - New Times
Think of it as "The Jungle Book" with a case of frostbite.
Sean Axmaker - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
I'm not saying that Ice Age doesn't have some fairly pretty pictures, but there's not enough substance in the story to actually give them life.
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
There isn't one moment in the film that surprises or delights.
Chuck Rudolph - Matinee Magazine
Because the title suggests a step back and its familiar story doesn't break new ground, there's no reason to dismiss Ice Age, an enormously fun film for all ages.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
Dull... monotonous... no surprises.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
Directors Wedge and Carlos Saldanha have done a splendid job of integrating action, adventure, and touching drama with a wide variety of comedic elements.
Mary Kalin-Casey - Reel.com
Dreadfully inanimate for an animated entertainment.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
The clever script straddles the line between adult appeal and kid appeal, with amusing jokes about evolution to keep parents on their prehensile toes while kids are digging the poop jokes.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Needs a hit of Ritalin as much as it needs an original idea.
Sean O'Connell - Eclipse Magazine
Ice Age is the first computer-generated feature cartoon to feel like other movies, and that makes for some glacial pacing early on.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
The fur and feathers, the glint of the sun on ice, and the soft sparkle of the snowflakes falling at night are perfectly rendered. And it's very funny.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
The path Ice Age follows most closely, though, is the one established by Warner Bros. giant Chuck Jones, who died a matter of weeks before the movie's release.
Steve Schneider - Orlando Weekly
may recall "Shrek" with its giant beast pestered by unwanted companion and "Monsters Inc." with its baby returning plot
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
The lack of a original themes is largely made up for by the movie's sharp and spirited sense of humor and by its entirely unconventional visuals.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
The animation in 'Ice Age' is definitely cool, but in terms of story and characterization it's rather mushy, a prehistoric retread of 'Monsters, Inc.'
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
"Ice Age" yields to the temptation of conventional animation standards, but it does so with a clean style and authentic humor.
Jeanne Aufmuth - Palo Alto Weekly
good clean relaxing entertainment with a tender warm heart under all that snow.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
Age doesn't come close to the triumph of Shrek or Monsters, Inc., though it's not nearly as dull as Fox's previous cartoon offerings.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
Has easily one of the best trailers ever, and that one long sequence shown in the trailer turns out to be the opening scene of the movie.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Though the plot is generic, the movie is enchanting.
J. Robert Parks - Phantom Tollbooth
Leguizamo's motor-mouth sloth has more punch n' bite than Eddie Murphy's ***.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine
The characters are visually unappealing (the pictures don't live up to the voices) and the story is excruciatingly predictable.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review