"Ice Age: Continental Drift" gets mixed reviews

This image released by 20th Century Fox shows Sid, voiced by John Leguizamo, center, surrounded by his family in a scene from the animated film, "Ice Age: Continental Drift." AP Photo/20th Century Fox

Sid, voiced by John Leguizamo, center, surrounded by his family in a scene from the animated film, "Ice Age: Continental Drift."
AP Photo/20th Century Fox

(CBS News) "Ice Age: Continental Drift," the fourth installment of the "Ice Age" films, drops into theaters today.

The film follows Manny (Ray Romano), Sid (John Leguizamo), Diego (Denis Leary) and Scrat (Chris Wedge) on another adventure as sail on an iceberg exploring a new world. The cast also features additional voices from Drake, Aziz Ansari, Peter Dinklage, Jennifer Lopez and more.

Reviews are in, and they're mixed. Some critics called the film a fun ride, while others felt the filmmakers didn't have enough for a sequel. The film scored a 44 percent on review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes. The critics agree that the film doesn't quite make sense but is a fun ride

Here's what some of the critics had to say:

Sean O' Connell of the Washington Post wrote, "Logic may be extinct, but, boy, do these movies whiz by like ice cubes zipping across a linoleum floor."

Kyle Smith of The New York Post wrote, "Popping from one silly set piece to another is all that really concerns the screenwriters. A chipmunk army appears for no reason except to amp up the cuteness, and Sid turns out to speak fluent chipmunk because this yields a silly scene of him dancing madly and speaking gibberish."

Jonathan Kiefer of the Village Voice wrote, "Directors Steve Martino and Mike Thurmeier do up the stuff of oceanic epic--pirates, sirens, perfect storms--and seem attuned to their performers, not least an aptly knavish Peter Dinklage as the pirates' primate captain. But the best bits are basic and all but voiceless: those Scrat-intensive set pieces, still inspiredly squirrelly if much too far apart."

A.O. Scott of The New York Times wrote, "It may be too much to expect novelty -- then again, why shouldn't we? -- but a little more conviction might be nice. "Continental Drift," like its predecessors, is much too friendly to dislike, and its vision of interspecies multiculturalism is generous and appealing."

Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune wrote, "The tone of the banter in "Ice Age 4" is wearying sarcasm punctuated by frequent death-threats and pummelings and 3-D action sequences that reduce the entire experience to a sledding run."

Tell us: Will you see "Ice Age: Continental Drift"?

  • Camille Mann

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