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Duma Reviews

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Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media

Enchanting coming-of-age story for kids.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

December 18, 2010
Michael Booth
Denver Post
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It's a crime what happened to the wonderful African wilderness movie Duma in 2005. Beautifully directed by veteran Carroll Ballard, Duma fell flat in the United States because of bad timing and abysmal marketing.

Full Review Source: Denver Post

February 8, 2008
Mary Lasse
Christianity Today

A handcrafted masterpiece.

| Original Score: 3/4

November 1, 2006
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

It's as good as this sort of thing gets, and deserves to be seen in a proper auditorium rather than on DVD.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: B+

April 4, 2006

The film opens with some adorable cheetah cubs, so you're instantly hooked, but there's more to this than just a bunch of cute animals.

Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com | Original Score: 4/5

April 2, 2006
Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
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For those wishing they still made films like The Black Stallion, today is your lucky day.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B+

March 31, 2006
Philip Kennicott
Washington Post
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Visually panoramic, a film that revels in making the expanse of a beautiful place palpable.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

March 30, 2006
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Too suspenseful for the youngest children, but for anyone older than 8 or 9, it evokes nothing less than awe at the harsh beauty of the natural world.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 18, 2006
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

... a beautifully photographed journey that will thrill youngsters and strongly engage adults.

Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle | Original Score: 9/10

March 10, 2006
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
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With ravenous alligators and lions on the prowl, Duma delivers familiar adventure, but Ballard refuses to cater to cuteness.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

March 3, 2006
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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Like its title character, Duma has been left to fend for itself by Warner Bros., which is barely releasing it. A successful showing this weekend will prove that there really is an audience for this brand of thoughtful, literate family film.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

March 3, 2006
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

... leads us on a journey -- sometimes humorous, sometimes harrowing, always heartfelt -- that's well worth taking.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal | Original Score: B+

March 3, 2006
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Director Carroll Ballard makes only one type of movie -- family adventures that feature some sort of wildlife. To his credit, however, he does them pretty well.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 3/4

February 17, 2006
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

Director Carroll Ballard ... not only captures stellar images of nature, but feels the call of the wild in his bones.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

February 17, 2006
Dan Lybarger

Chances are excellent that Carroll Ballard's latest film 'Duma' isn't playing in a theater anywhere near you. That's a shame. It's one of those rare children's films that actually succeeds in delighting tots and their parents.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 4/5

February 16, 2006
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

Exciting but never violent, deeply emotional but never saccharine, Duma is the sort of solid family film Hollywood is always being criticized for not making any more.

Full Review Source: Kansas City Star | Original Score: 3/4

February 10, 2006
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

An old-fashion adventure yarn [and] an absolutely delightful throwback!

Full Review Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 3/4

January 8, 2006
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
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Family films can be simplistic or condescending, but the joy of Carroll Ballard's work is that it's neither.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

January 6, 2006
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Grabs for the gut by stoking primal understandings about our loving but tragically distant relationship with the wild.

| Original Score: 3/4

January 6, 2006
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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[Director] Ballard's dime-store philosophizing gets schmaltzy, but the emotions seem heartfelt. And as he has done in earlier movies, he incorporates some spectacular backdrops.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 5, 2006
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