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Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012)



Average Rating: 5.1/10
Reviews Counted: 131
Fresh: 48 | Rotten: 83

Ice Age: Continental Drift 3D has moments of charm and witty slapstick, but it often seems content to recycle ideas from the previous films.


Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 26
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 16

Ice Age: Continental Drift 3D has moments of charm and witty slapstick, but it often seems content to recycle ideas from the previous films.



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Scrat's nutty pursuit of the cursed acorn, which he's been after since the dawn of time, has world-changing consequences - a continental cataclysm that triggers the greatest adventure of all for Manny, Diego and Sid. In the wake of these upheavals, Sid reunites with his cantankerous Granny, and the herd encounters a ragtag menagerie of seafaring pirates determined to stop them from returning home. -- (C) Official Site

Dec 11, 2012


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All Critics (132) | Top Critics (26) | Fresh (48) | Rotten (83) | DVD (2)

Yes, this is the part where I outsource my critical role to my children. If you are the kind of person who (quite understandably) abhors this particular gimmick, you may wish to stop reading now.

July 13, 2012 Full Review Source: The Atlantic
The Atlantic
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The best bits are basic and all but voiceless: those Scrat-intensive set pieces, still inspiredly squirrelly if much too far apart.

July 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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These films are generally good at being good enough, and the fourth installment, Ice Age: Continental Drift, doesn't deviate from that modest tradition.

July 13, 2012 Full Review Source:
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In the end, this latest "Ice Age" movie is about as surprising and unpredictable as a glacier. And not much more fun.

July 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Comments (2)
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Whenever I watch an "Ice Age" movie, I understand how my mother felt whenever I zoned out in front of the television after school.

July 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Newsday
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Popping from one silly set piece to another is all that really concerns the screenwriters.

July 13, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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The swashbuckling stuff is boisterous, if dated, and proves far more engaging than a tedious sub-plot involving Manny's rebellious teenage daughter.

January 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

The first "Ice Age" is still the best, but as fabricated and Saturday morning as this installment is, it's still an accomplished bit of animated filmmaking.

December 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Here the franchise that recycles other kids' movies recycles itself.

December 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Time to Play Magazine
Time to Play Magazine

The beautiful animation and wonderful character design continue to impress, but the seafaring action is sunk by sub-sitcom-level lessons about family and friendship.

November 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Apparently Fox are making a fifth, and people wonder what's pushing originality out of Hollywood.

September 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
Fan The Fire

This is simply the case of a series that has fully run its course without anywhere left to go.

September 14, 2012 Full Review Source:

There have been far worse children's films than Ice Age: Continental Drift, even this year, but few that make me so depressed about Hollywood's utter contempt for young moviegoers.

September 14, 2012 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

[Teaches] the children of the world all the clichés that they will rapidly come to despise over the course of the following decades.

August 21, 2012 Full Review Source: CraveOnline

The difference between mild endorsement and a dismissive "ehh" technically isn't part of the movie. It's the 5-minute short subject preceding Continental Drift, a wordless gem titled The Longest Daycare starring Maggie Simpson.

August 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay Times

moves quickly, is well directed, and from time to time achieves some real suspense. If it also shows how the franchise is wearing a little thin, it also shows why it has lasted this long.

August 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews
Killer Movie Reviews

Let's make this one extinct.

August 7, 2012 Full Review Source:

...everything I liked about the original movie has been worn down.

August 3, 2012 Full Review Source: indieWIRE

... worthless junk, just like the three worthless movies that came before it.

July 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Comments (4)
Sacramento News & Review

The "Ice Age" franchise runs out of steam with a narratively inert example of animated fluff.

July 28, 2012 Full Review Source:

Contains more than enough high energy hi-jinks to keep distractible kiddies entertained.

July 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Moviedex

Kids will love this film and parents won't be bored for a minute.

July 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Fossilized in a syrupy, always-stick-by-your-family-and-friends formula. Scrat provides the only constant humour. The surrealism and manic slapstick that animation can do so well are dwarfed by adventures with pirates and a clichéd teen-fitting-in story.

July 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

More solid, at least, than the ice on which its characters float, 'Ice Age: Continental Drift' is a fun fourth installment of the popular franchise that has charmed its fans for years.

July 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

A hollow simulation of what fun for the whole family looks and sounds like.

July 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

A useless money vacuum.

July 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Reno News and Review
Reno News and Review

Audience Reviews for Ice Age: Continental Drift

Ok, Dreamworks is flogging a dead Mammoth now. The franchise looks like it's had its day, there was a feeling of 'This is the last one' in the end credits and not a moment too soon in my opinion. I felt that the last film was only to redeem itself after the disappointing sequel anyway. Enough is enough, give us Scrat the movie or forget it!
March 4, 2013

Super Reviewer

Well, this was cute, but not anywhere near as good as the first two. It had some really funny chuckle moments, but they were far and few between. Enough now. I will not be so anxious to watch another if they continue...
February 4, 2013

Super Reviewer

Funny, cute, but very forgettable.
Plus, I literally lost count if this is the 4th Ice Age or 5th. How many are there? Are they gonna continue to kill a dying franchise?
Regardless, I had a good time, not great. Animation's superb though.
January 26, 2013
Albert Kim

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Like all overused concepts this fourth installment doesnt by any means live up to the success of the first one however certainly isnt as rubbish as the third! Entertaining to a point and funny in places me personally they should make a prequel purely focusing on sid and his nan! But maybe they should now stop making movies!
January 11, 2013
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    1. Granny: So long, banana breath!
    – Submitted by Judy G (5 months ago)
    1. Sid: I know my berries!
    – Submitted by Judy G (5 months ago)
    1. Manny: Uh..ship, me want...
    2. Shira: Yeah, nice try jungle jim
    – Submitted by Judy G (5 months ago)
    1. Shira: You want to pirate a pirate ship from pirates...
    – Submitted by Judy G (5 months ago)
    1. Sid: Granny? You're alive!
    2. Diego: And can we say how thrilled we are to see you...
    – Submitted by Judy G (5 months ago)
    1. Sid: Aaah! Hold me!
    – Submitted by Judy G (5 months ago)
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