When the kids are happy and I get to watch a Jack Black kung fu movie, that's good enough for me.
The animation work is dazzling; it's lovingly detailed without being overdone (particularly the opening sequence, which is hand-drawn and looks like prints struck from ancient woodblocks).
A decent bridge before the wonder of WALL-E, Kung Fu Panda will thrill kids and fight nuts alike. Shame the big names are underused and there's nothing particularly new.
| Original Score: 3/5
Kung Fu Panda is hugely entertaining, gorgeously animated and expertly cast, with Jack Black and Dustin Hoffman doing some of their best work in recent memory (no joke).
| Original Score: B+
This beautifully designed, cherry blossom-hued cartoon is brighter, breezier and bouncier than most.
An energetic and surprisingly colorful family adventure tale that trumps formula through sheer force of personality.
As the credits roll, the film's many flaws come sharply into focus. But while it lasts, Kung-Fu Panda is something of a guilty treat.
Kung Fu Panda is a colourful, extremely enjoyable if workmanlike animated romp.
A vast improvement over such previous DreamWorks dreck as Shark Tale and the Shrek flicks
Kung Fu Panda puts most other recent action movies to shame with its astonishingly beautiful, fluid, fast, clean use of movement and space.
Parental Content Review
A witty, visually interesting and sweet comedy that works in pretty much all departments.
| Original Score: 76/100
...relies on the sounds of its voice cast and the brilliance of its CGI animation to help it succeed.
| Original Score: 6/10
Manages to entertain and dazzle, and parents won't beat themselves up for sitting through it, although what it teaches could fit on a fortune cookie.
| Original Score: B
It is as if the spirit of recent Zhang Yimou spectaculars have informed this warm and very likable Hollywood fare.
This Panda delivers a cuddle more than a thump.
Formulaic, but entertaining and often dazzling.
It's still a bit patchy in terms of its pace, and it's awfully violent for a PG movie, but it also features the best fight sequences the animated world, or any other world, has ever seen.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
One fine movie.
| Original Score: 4/5
Hands down the most visually striking of DreamWorks Animation's releases, this lively CGI comedy is tailor-made for Jack Black.