Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
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Manny (Ray Romano), Sid (John Leguizamo), and Diego (Denis Leary) may have made it through the big freeze, but when the ice begins to melt, the heroic trio must warn the other inhabitants of their peaceful valley of the coming flood in directors Chris Wedge and Carlos Saldanha's sequel to the computer-animated 2002 hit Ice Age. As the ice age winds to an end, the animals of the Earth have taken warmly to the melting paradise that surrounds them. Despite the false comfort of a lush valley teeming with vegetation, however, great danger looms just over the horizon. When Manny, Sid, and Diego… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 57%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The storyline wanes towards the end and, from the kids' point of view, the whole package lacks momentum."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"A tad crasser and pushier than its predecessor, Ice Age: The Meltdown is still an entirely serviceable follow-up to the 2002 hit that will thoroughly amuse kids and get a rise or two out of parents as well."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"Ice Age: The Meltdown is a considerable improvement over its predecessor...As before, Scrat (again voiced by Chris Wedge, who this time did not direct) steals the show."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, Cinefantastique
"For as endearing as Scrat's antics are, even they can't sustain the lackluster jokes that pass for humor for the bulk of the ninety-minute running time."
‑ Rob Humanick, Projection Booth
"The animation is beautiful, with the flowing water and icy cliffs perfectly rendered."
‑ Michael A. Smith, Nolan's Pop Culture Review
"Watching this zoo of long-vanished quadrupeds, you're left with an eerie message for our own warming times: They fought the thaw, and the thaw won."
‑ Jim Ridley, Village Voice
"The Meltdown is at least faithful to its predecessor in the sense of being equally as underwhelming."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"As with the first "Ice Age" movie it is Scrat the acorn-obsessed rodent who bookends the movie and steals the most laughs with his hilarious attempts at obtaining an ever-elusive acorn."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"I'm not going to beat around the glacier. If you liked Ice Age, you're going to like this sequel."
‑ James Plath,
"If the animation studio Blue Sky has proven anything so far, it's that they're big league visual artists, but frankly pedestrian when it comes to stories."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
"[The film] has lots of energy, some decent animation and good voice-over work -- but no real story and few chuckles."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"The film feels visually richer than its predecessor, but has the same brand of uncomplicated all-ages charm."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"I've seen cooked spaghetti with more tension."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"Abounds in well-paced gags, both visual and verbal."
‑ Frank Lovece, Film Journal International
"full review in Greek"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
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