Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Furious Five Reviews

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 10, 2009
Director Nesher has a way of reducing each confrontation to its two-dimensional essence, and he's not helped by a swampy, sentimental musical score.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Cary Darling
Dallas Morning News
March 13, 2009
Restrained direction and the cast's strong, disciplined performances keep it from falling into soap-opera territory.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
March 13, 2009
The Secrets twines coming-out, coming-of-age and coming-to-terms-with-Orthodoxy in a way that diminishes all three -- and dilutes its message with clichés.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
March 13, 2009
There is pain and empowerment in The Secrets as difficult choices are made. There are also gaps, but emotionally moving performances by Ardant, Bukstein and Shtamler in particular, keep you with this small but provocative film until the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 26, 2009
In some ways, it is a traditional narrative. But it is more. It is gently and powerfully acted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
February 13, 2009
The Secrets belongs in a mini-tradition of involving films that limn the border where spiritual and sexual awakenings collide and entwine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
February 12, 2009
Each of the three primary directions of the movie might make a fascinating film, but tied together, they never cohere, and you find yourself sitting through two long hours wondering why you are doing so.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Stan Hall
Oregonian
January 9, 2009
Even with rote characterizations and an overheated lesbian subplot, this religion-steeped Israeli tale is entertaining, eye-opening, even cautiously sexy.
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
Boxoffice Magazine
December 5, 2008
For a film with an aim as ambitious and illusive as the depiction of the spiritual, The Secrets has a surprisingly light touch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Kristi Mitsuda
Village Voice
November 26, 2008
Although overlong by about 20 minutes, The Secrets mostly handles its subject matter with grace and charm; its heroine's proud defiance even mitigates a questionably celebratory conclusion.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
November 26, 2008
The passionate performances of Ms. Bukstein, Ms. Shtamler and Ms. Ardant lend The Secrets enough emotional solidity to prevent it from entirely dissolving in the suds.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
November 19, 2008
One of the most remarkable movies of the year.
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
November 16, 2008
The Kabbalah meets the Kinsey Reports, in this Madonna style mystical erotic brew. And a somewhat biased male take on thwarted female desires, along with simmering same sex homoerotic religious expressive tendencies.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
October 18, 2008
Excessively overwrought and drawn out.
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