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Eight Below

  • Rated PG

action & adventure, children & family


Walt Disney Pictures presents EIGHT BELOW, the thrilling tale of incredible friendship between eight amazing sled dogs and their guide Jerry (Paul Walker).

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    72%
  • Audience Score
    79%

common sense

ON for kids age 8
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
0 out of 5
Violence & scariness
3 out of 5

Inspiring story about brave sled dogs.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this film includes some perilous situations for humans (a fall into a crevice and icy water, frostbite and broken limbs) and huskies (they face freezing cold, blizzards, starvation, and predators, with the number of perilous "days on their own" marked by subtitles). The oldest dog must be left behind (sad scene), some dogs are injured and/or die, leaving sad-looking survivors (mournful eyes, nuzzling the dead bodies). One jump scene features a ferocious (animatronic) leopard seal, who leaps out with teeth bared to defend a whale carcass it's been eating. Some gentle romance and a kiss. Some mild language (s-word).

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the loyalty between Jerry and his dogs: While other people think he goes too far, he sees the huskies as family members. How does the movie make the dogs seem like people, with the help of soundtrack music and close-ups to show "expressive" faces?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    72%
    reviews counted: 22
    see all Eight Below reviews
  • Audience

    79%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Eight Below is the Brian's Song of dog movies: schmaltzy, feel-goody, inspired-by-a-true-story-y. It's formulaic and frequently over the top, 30 minutes too long and altogether too slow.

- Allison Benedikt, Chicago Tribune, Friday, February 17, 2006

Rotten: Basically, what we have here is a stranded-animal movie in which the stranded animals are forced to split screen time with a mopey human character and his annoying, redundant friends.

- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, February 17, 2006

Fresh: The film milks every opportunity to yank the heartstrings, but despite the calculation in its soul, Eight Below still manages to be a moving story about -- what else? -- the power of love.

- Connie Ogle, Miami Herald, Friday, February 17, 2006

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Stating that you should only watch this film for the dogs seems like quite obvious advice but to put up with the awful script, terrible acting and Jason 'Kill me now' Biggs, you have to be a big fan of our canine friends. Three stars purely for the Huskies.

- SirPant, Friday, November 5, 2010

0 star

i saw the end of this with my stepmom (which was basically a rip-off of the amazing homeward bound) and i decided " yea i dont think ill die in suspense wondering why these dogs were in trouble in the first place

- ColinCostigan8590, Tuesday, June 9, 2009

4 stars

I loved every bit of this story! I love the dogs! I love the guy! I cried! Hehe! :P

- Gx7, Sunday, November 4, 2007