Box art for Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

anime & animation, children & family

Just when you thought they couldn't get any cooler...your favorite prehistoric pals from Ice Age and Ice Age The Meltdown are back in an all-new, ginormous animated adventure for ALL ages.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
  • Audience Score

common sense

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

3-D sequel is fun but also more intense than past films.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that the third installment in the Ice Age franchise is likely to appeal to kids (even the preschool set) as much as the first two. That said, it's the first one in 3-D, so some scenes -- especially the ones featuring dinosaurs -- may be a bit more intense. There's lots of cartoonish violence, mostly involving Scrat and his new female friend (they also flirt and kiss, which is the extent of the movie's romance). Language is mild, but there's some scatological humor ("barf" and "poop"), as well as suspense concerning the main characters' ability to get out of harm's way.

what families can talk about

  • Famiies can talk about the movie's central message about having an unconventional herd/family. What defines a family? And should it matter what a person looks like in order to be their friend?
  • Families can also discuss how the violence compares to that of other movies meant for young kids. Was the 3-D too intense?
  • Also, how did some of the characters act differently than you expected, like the weasel Buck and the mama dinosaur? And even Ellie, though she's pregnant, is no weakling. How does her character portray females?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: A fun-tastic adventure that virtually guarantees enjoyment for the whole family.

- Ben McEachen, Daily Telegraph (Australia), Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

More of the same but the kiddo liked it :)

- jmanard52, Monday, November 2, 2009

4 stars

Wow, I never thought that 'Ice Age' series could be a successful franchise... The first one was good, the second was hilarious, and now for the third : it still good! The story was the best from the other 'Ice Age' movie, but it wasn't as hilarious as the second one...

- ajaymuthecooldevils, Wednesday, September 22, 2010

4 stars

Another great Ice age film with plenty of new characters. Just as good as the first two films and I liked it slightly more than the second. Great to see some dinosaur characters. Plenty of funny moments and great detailed animation work.

- Deano78, Saturday, August 21, 2010