Box art for Ice Age: Continental Drift

Ice Age: Continental Drift

action & adventure, children & family


History's greatest heroes return for the most outrageously funny and entertaining Ice Age adventure in two million years.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    37%
  • Audience Score
    62%

common sense

ON for kids age 6
Consumerism
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Educational value
1 out of 5
Language
1 out of 5
Positive messages
4 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
2 out of 5
Violence & scariness
3 out of 5

Prehistoric pals hit the seas for an exciting adventure.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Ice Age: Continental Drift is the fourth installment in Fox's popular prehistoric animal franchise. Even the youngest moviegoers will want to follow Manny, Sid, and Diego's latest adventures. Like Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, this one's in 3-D and features some cartoonish violence, mild romance, a smattering of insults, and some scatological humor. On the plus side, there are a lot of overtly positive messages about family and friendship.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the franchise's defining message about the meaning of family. What defines a family? How is Sid's "biological" family a disappointment compared to his herd?
  • Is Peaches a believable teenager? Why are teens embarrassed by their parents? How do Peaches and Manny reconcile their difference of opinion?
  • Do the Ice Age movies feel complete now, or would you like to see another one? How does Continental Drift compare to the three others? Which one is your favorite?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: "Continental Drift," like its predecessors, is much too friendly to dislike, and its vision of interspecies multiculturalism is generous and appealing.

- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Thursday, July 12, 2012

Rotten: The plot ... just barrels forward with very few surprises.

- Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle, Thursday, July 12, 2012

Fresh: The dialogue is sometimes too sluggish and definitely too preachy, the ending is a little too sappy, yet somehow this strange collection of prehistoric critters and their completely illogical life are consistently likable, if not quite lovable.

- Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Thursday, July 12, 2012

Audience Reviews

3 stars

And the animated family films just keep on coming. Now we join the herd which is ridiculously huge by this point, just as the continents split and families are torn apart. I enjoyed this plot device as it separated our awesome trio from their annoying baggage. However, they soon come across a bunch of animal pirates. Quite where this overuse of anthropomorphism came from is anyone's guess. Probably just lazy screenwriting. They'll probably be driving cars in the next installment. Despite my anger at turning the first sweet film about friendship and male bonding, into adventures with dinosaurs and pirates, at least this outing had the decency to be very funny at times, and it gives us the chemistry between Sid, Diego, and Manny that was missing from parts 2 and 3. The added characters are OK, and it's quite the enjoyable ride for the most part. Lord knows what will happen in the future. Probably genetically spliced animals/humans or something.

- kiriyamakazou, Saturday, November 3, 2012

3 stars

And the animated family films just keep on coming. Now we join the herd which is ridiculously huge by this point, just as the continents split and families are torn apart. I enjoyed this plot device as it separated our awesome trio from their annoying baggage. However, they soon come across a bunch of animal pirates. Quite where this overuse of anthropomorphism came from is anyone's guess. Probably just lazy screenwriting. They'll probably be driving cars in the next installment. Despite my anger at turning the first sweet film about friendship and male bonding, into adventures with dinosaurs and pirates, at least this outing had the decency to be very funny at times, and it gives us the chemistry between Sid, Diego, and Manny that was missing from parts 2 and 3. The added characters are OK, and it's quite the enjoyable ride for the most part. Lord knows what will happen in the future. Probably genetically spliced animals/humans or something.

- kiriyamakazou, Saturday, November 3, 2012

4 stars

Good as always.

- 3niR, Thursday, October 4, 2012