“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
Family entertainment at its most bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
Full of visual dazzle, engaging characters and a reasonably sprightly narrative.
Ann Hornaday - 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