88

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Eight magnificent sled dogs must fend for themselves amid Antarctica's frozen wastes in this top-notch survival adventure that will reduce the coldest heart to a puddle of warm slush.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
There's something invigorating about this unpretentious dog tale. And if a penguin drops by to promote his own movie product, well, there's room on the frozen continent for all.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
Disney may have written the book on live-action animal adventure stories, but it has been quite a while since there has been a chapter as terrific as Eight Below.
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
It's the most touching love story about tragically separated sexy beasts since "Cold Mountain."
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
"March of the Penguins" - phooey! Those smelly little birds are built to survive in the frozen tundra, and nobody's asking them to pull a sled.
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75

Premiere

The dogs are such charismatic performers it's almost a shame that there have to be humans in this story at all. Still, the Antarctica sequences alone make Eight Below one of the better family films out there right now.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Walker is adorable, but gives a one-note performance. Greenwood, a charismatic and unsung character actor, has the most noteworthy human performance as a somewhat arrogant academic whose decency keeps him from becoming a stock villain in a formulaic story.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Remarkable, how in a film where we KNOW with an absolute certainty that all or most of the dogs must survive, Eight Below succeeds as an effective story. It works by focusing on the dogs.
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63

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
The dogs are fantastic. The humans need more work with their trainers.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
The movie is overly long and much too intense for small children, yet it's filled with dialogue and plot turns that are too juvenile to thrill adult audiences.
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64 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.