Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) - Rotten Tomatoes

Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)



Critic Consensus: Kung Fu Panda 3 boasts the requisite visual splendor, but like its rotund protagonist, this sequel's narrative is also surprisingly nimble, adding up to animated fun for the whole family.

Movie Info

In 2016, one of the most successful animated franchises in the world returns with its biggest comedy adventure yet, KUNG FU PANDA 3. When Po's long-lost panda father suddenly reappears, the reunited duo travels to a secret panda paradise to meet scores of hilarious new panda characters. But when the supernatural villain Kai begins to sweep across China defeating all the kung fu masters, Po must do the impossible-learn to train a village full of his fun-loving, clumsy brethren to become the ultimate band of Kung Fu Pandas! (C) Foxmore
Rating: PG (for martial arts action and some mild rude humor)
Genre: Animation
Directed By: ,
Written By: Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger
In Theaters:
DreamWorks Animation - Official Site


Kate Hudson
as Mei Mei
Seth Rogen
as Mantis
Lucy Liu
as Viper
James Hong
as Mr. Ping
Gus Culligan
as Panda Village Kid
Lena Golia
as Cheering Bunny
Samuel Black
as Rabbit Villager
Joseph Izzo
as Dumpling Record Pig
Liam Knight
as Lei Lei
Wayne Knight
as Big Fun, Hom-Lee
Barbara Dirickson
as Grandma Panda
Fred Tatasciore
as Master Bear
April Hong
as Mrs. Chow
Mick Wingert
as Farmer Goose/Farmer ...
Stephen Kearin
as Master Chicken
Kelly Cooney
as Female Palace Goose
Mike Mitchell
as Male Palace Goose/Sm...
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Critic Reviews for Kung Fu Panda 3

All Critics (89) | Top Critics (30)

So vividly immersive is Kung Fu Panda 3 - so vibrant, so tactile - it will make you feel as if you've stepped into a fully realized world. And then once you've stepped out, you'll be craving dumplings.

Full Review… | February 12, 2016
Top Critic

The new sequel lacks the tear-jerking revelations and darker edge that characterized its predecessor. Visually though, it's a candy-colored 3-D treat, from the exquisite sunset that shimmers over the panda enclave to the psychedelia of the spirit world.

Full Review… | February 9, 2016
Time Out
Top Critic

I think the secret to the appeal of the entire Kung Fu Panda franchise is the enormous affection we feel for Po, that seemingly bumbling good guy who also can rise to the occasion and showcase true heroism and mystical power.

Full Review… | February 1, 2016
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Another successful entry in this dependably smart and well-crafted franchise for kids.

Full Review… | January 29, 2016
Top Critic

Kids, especially those who enjoyed the previous Kung Fu Panda movies, will appreciate what the third movie has to offer.

Full Review… | January 29, 2016
Top Critic

The third installment ties up the tale of our beloved hero very nicely.

Full Review… | February 12, 2016
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Audience Reviews for Kung Fu Panda 3


As a third film, KFP3 just doesn't live up to the stakes and complexities that were progressively built up from its previous installments.

If anything the movie was a huge step backwards for the franchise. The script is much less mature, pandering to younger audiences. The message simplistic and the threat of some ancient kung-fu master come-back-to-life turning martial artists into Jade statues just didn't have the grandeur of KFP2; Where all of fictitious China was under threat by a conqueror who didn't blink twice at Panda genocide with an army at his command plus a technological super weapon.

There are less martial art sequences with fights being too few and far in between. With the story's key "epic battles" being a bunch of children and seniors fending off masters in a comical fashion and the final showdown looking more like an overuse of special effects than well thought out choreography.

Po's existential struggles with discovering himself and "who he is" parallels to what was already done in 2, rendering that entire subplot redundant. To top it off, less creative set-pieces and also the Furious 5 were utterly useless, with even Master Shifuu turning into "fodder" for Kai.

However, it is probably one of the most visually stunning animated films I've seen in a long time. Just the sheer bold use of color and 2D stylization was quite a marvel to look at.

A visual spectacle for sure but just a massive narrative disappointment after what we were given in 1 & 2.

Drake Tsui
Drake Tsui

Super Reviewer

The long-awaited sequel delivers a fury of laughter and gags that surpasses the previous films' thresholds, but more hits and misses were a result. But thanks to Kung Fu Panda 3's warm-hearted storytelling, stylistic vision & animations, moviegoers will find the share of action, humor and entertainment satisfying. 4/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

Now a complete trilogy, the "Kung Fu Panda" films have all succeeded exceptionally well in what they set out to do, which is captivate children all over the world with laughter and kung fu action. What these films have been so great at doing, is keeping a nice heartfelt story with a few adult jokes here and there in order to satisfy all ages. This third instalment takes Po on his seemingly final adventure as the old master Oogway is alive in the spirit realm and has his spirit stolen by Kai. As Kai returns to the mortal realm to pursue the Furious 5 and Po himself, his task is to collect all of the spirits that have the power of Chi. With references to the past two films in a loving and sweet way, this film really takes all of it's characters full circle, making for one hell of an effective conclusion to this very fun and lovable trilogy.

For myself, the best portion of the film was having Po meet his bilogical father and the tribe of Panda's, which had a huge impact on the overall storyline. This film is just a joy to watch. I had a smile on my face the entire way through, laughing and tearing up at the emotional core it was able to pull off. I truly believe this trilogy perfection for kids to watch. I had an absolute blast in the theatre watching this picture, and if you are a fan of the first two films, you surely will too. They are all equal for different reasons. "Kung Fu Panda 3" is great!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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