Members (Paul Walker, Bruce Greenwood, Jason Biggs) of a scientific expedition must leave their beloved sled dogs behind in the frozen wilderness of Antarctica.
" It's too cliched, it's too rote, and honestly I think you have to care a little bit more about the individual dogs to believe that these people would care so much. "
" ... the canine cuteness, breathtaking action and acts of bravery are worth braving the Disney elements -- overpowering, poignant music, an unnecessary romantic subplot -- if you like your movies doggy-style. "
" 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. "
" Basically, what we have here is a stranded-animal movie in which the stranded animals are forced to split screen time with a mopey human character and his annoying, redundant friends. "
" Live-action animal adventures have always been a Disney specialty, and this one has a pretty compelling plot. "
" Pity the filmmakers lost their nerve just short of a big payoff. "
" It's the most touching love story about tragically separated sexy beasts since Cold Mountain. "
" Watching the canines scamper across glaciers is far more entertaining than watching Walker wander around depressed. The movie should be more March of the Huskies and less Dude, Where's My Sled? "
" It's difficult to gauge who gets stranded more in Eight Below: the team of sled dogs left at the bottom of the world or audience members forced to sludge through two hours of very human melodrama to see them reunited with their handler. "
" The film milks every opportunity to yank the heartstrings, but despite the calculation in its soul, Eight Below still manages to be a moving story about -- what else? -- the power of love. "
" If you thought imperiled emperor penguins were heartwrenching, beware of these dogs. "
" Walker, of 2 Fast 2 Furious, is 2 flat 2 forgettable. "
" Providing you park your reason outside and let these amazing dogs do the work, which they appear delighted to do, Eight Below is an engaging enough way to spend an hour or two with the kids. "
" The requisite tagline 'inspired by true events' should read 'actually inspired by a much grittier Japanese film from 1983, which was based on events that occurred in 1957, that have here been updated to 1993.' "
" The plot's slavish schmaltz proves as oppressive as the harsh winter that descends upon the dogs. "
" The dogs deserve the star treatment, because whenever [Paul] Walker and the other two-footers take over it's as if Jack Nicholson has yielded the spotlight to, say, David Schwimmer. "
" Eight Below is the Brian's Song of dog movies: schmaltzy, feel-goody, inspired-by-a-true-story-y. It's formulaic and frequently over the top, 30 minutes too long and altogether too slow. "
" It's heartwarming, occasionally exciting, and some of the cinematography is exemplary. "
" If you don't choke up at least once during the dogs' engaging adventure, you obviously prefer cats. "
" Eight Below is dazzling to look at, and nicely intercuts the human relationships with the pooches' awesome struggles to stay alive in the white, wintry wild. "
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