If you need an air-conditioned snooze on the busy holiday weekend, the third Ice Age film may be the answer. Still, it has its moments:
- Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs frequently feels “so glacial that it's a wonder Ray Romano's Manny the mammoth doesn't freeze in his tracks,” writes Betsy Sharkey for the Los Angeles Times. But the film “will keep the kids cool and mildly entertained for a little while.”
- New York Times critic AO Scott is willing to suspend disbelief—but “the idea that a hot, verdant land, populated by giant lizards and carnivorous plants, might have lain hidden beneath the glacial, prehistoric ice—I’m sorry, but that’s just idiotic,” he writes of the “tired, loud little sequel.”
- It may not be “groundbreaking,” but the flick “goes down easy, even if the impact melts away with relative speed,” writes Elizabeth Weitzman in the New York Daily News.