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Ice Age Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    60

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    Mixed or average reviews
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    critic review scores.

  • 60

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    If Ice Age lacks the fit and finish of top-of-the-line films from Pixar, DreamWorks or Disney, it's still an impressive piece of work for a new feature animation group, and a harbinger of cool cartoons to come.

  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    A pleasure to look at and scarcely less fun as a story. I came to scoff and stayed to smile.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    A minor delight but a delight just the same.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    They center on the devilishly clever, exceedingly enjoyable interludes featuring the aforementioned rodent in situations and circumstances that recall the great animated work of the recently departed Chuck Jones.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    It's a fast, funny picture, and the worst thing you can say about it is that it's no "Toy Story," no "Shrek." That may be true, but one thing Ice Age proves is that the new digitized cartoons are a form whose time has come.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Ice Age never matches the brilliance of ''Toy Story'' or the heartfelt heft of ''Shrek,'' but it's an antic and sweet-spirited pleasure.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 6+

Clever, funny, touching; like a great road movie.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this animated feature aimed at young children seems to have more than its share of scary scenes and frightening creatures. A mother drowns while trying to save her infant. Fang-toothed tigers are continually shown in close-up while on the attack. Murderous rhinos chase the earth’s most vulnerable beings. Nature’s calamities (avalanches, erupting volcanoes) are overpowering and threaten everything in their paths. Animals are depicted as killers simply for the sake of evil, rather than as a means of survival.The human tribes featured are powerless in the face of a dangerous natural world.

  • Families can talk about what Manny says about members of a herd being willing to risk their lives for each other. Why was it so important for Manny to return the baby, even though the humans had hunted his herd? How did that help to heal some of Manny's sadness?
  • Why did Diego change his mind about Manny? Why did Manny change his mind about Sid? Was it because of something Sid did or because of something Manny learned about himself, or both?
  • What is different about the way that Diego and Manny react to human attacks?

The good stuff
  • message true2

    Messages: Different species can bond and work together for a righteous cause. Members of a herd, even a herd with diverse species, must save and sacrifice for one another: “that’s what you do in a herd.” Through example, even a villain can learn respect and empathy for others.

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: The heroic animals (a woolly mammoth and a sloth) are unselfish, resourceful, tenacious, and compassionate. The villainous animals (rhinos and tigers) are malevolent and corrupt.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence and scariness: Frequent animated action/violence: rhinos rampaging in several sequences; scary saber tooth tigers on the attack numerous times, their victims include a tribe of humans whom they stalk and assault, killing many. The tigers fight other animals and humans as well as each other. A human mother is seen desperately trying to save her baby from the tigers. After she gets him to safety, she disappears into the sea and is never seen again. There are several threatening avalanches; an erupting volcano with the lava that endangers the heroes; characters falling from cliffs or sliding down mountainsides; and one character is impaled on icicles. 

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: None

  • language false0

    Language: A few humorous references to diapers and pooping.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: None

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