Duma

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Duma Reviews

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

Time Out
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June 24, 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
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
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
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
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Ballard gets laughs where he's supposed to, and thrills in all the right places.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/5

December 9, 2005
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Unlike many lesser movies aimed at families, this has heart, humor, thrilling adventure and stunning visuals.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 5, 2005
Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
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I can't say enough about that magisterial cheetah.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 1, 2005
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Ballard may give us some lovely pictures here and startlingly alive images of Africa's wildlife. But the movie itself is stuffed.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2/4

September 30, 2005
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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A pleasing fable reminiscent of G-rated nature movies of the '60s and '70s, before kiddie cinema required CGI or hip cultural references.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

September 30, 2005
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Carroll Ballard still works in his ravishing, nearly pointillistic style of organic visual splendor.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

September 30, 2005
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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This soulful, piercingly beautiful story about a boy and his cheetah marks the welcome return to the screen of the director Carroll Ballard.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

September 30, 2005
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Simultaneously innocent and sophisticated, this honestly emotional fable shows why every Ballard film -- and his last was released almost a decade ago -- is a special event.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4.5/5

September 29, 2005
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Ostensibly a children's movie, but adults will want to see it, too.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: A-

September 29, 2005
John Anderson
Newsday
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Ballard treats the quandary faced by Xan and Duma with a sure hand.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 29, 2005
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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A drama of uncommon beauty and emotional resonance about a boy's journey to return his pet cheetah to its natural habitat.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

September 29, 2005
David Edelstein
Slate
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I like it. Maybe not as much as those other pictures, but enough to bemoan a system in which family films have been so geared to kids (and their parents) with a kind of attention deficit disorder that it's inhospitable to a measured piece of storytelling.

Full Review Source: Slate

September 29, 2005
Ben Kenigsberg
Village Voice
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Surprisingly flat.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 27, 2005

AV Club
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September 26, 2005
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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Duma, and the sort of intelligent, visually rich filmmaking it represents, are endangered species.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

August 5, 2005
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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Exactly the sort of movie parents starved for a good family picture in the theaters should be seeking out.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 5, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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It's an extraordinary film, and intelligent younger viewers in particular may be enthralled by it.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 4, 2005
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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Carroll Ballard has created in Duma another remarkable story of people and wild animals set against a rugged landscape.

August 3, 2005
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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It really is in the best sense of it, a good family film.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

August 1, 2005
Scott Foundas
Variety
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This intelligent, beautifully made production is a welcome reprieve from such crass (if successful) family pics as Are We There Yet? and The Pacifier.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 3, 2005
Kathy Cano Murillo
Arizona Republic
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Kids and animals are often a risky combination, but put them together in a movie such as Duma and you have a winning team.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

April 21, 2005
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