Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted Reviews

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Sophie Monks Kaufman
Little White Lies
October 24, 2012

A sugar high that inevitably fades with time.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman
October 15, 2012

This overlong Saturday morning cartoon boasts plenty animals but little magic.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
September 17, 2012

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted is no better or worse than the earlier films. It's been forged from the same mould and features the same brand of humour.

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture
July 6, 2012

Better than its predecessor but worse than most other things.

Sam Adams
Time Out New York
Top Critic
June 5, 2012

Madagscar 3 is less interested in plucking the last bit of meat off the series's bones than with simply picking the lowest-hanging fruit.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
Top Critic
June 6, 2012

It has value only as a way to engage a very young viewer until his or her attention span expires.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic
June 7, 2012

"Madagascar 3" is all about exuberant motion, cute characters and gorgeous colors. It aims for the eyes, not the heart.

Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic
June 8, 2012

The screenplay, by Eric Darnell and Noah Baumbach, churns out the snappy witticisms with admirable creative gusto, but it whizzes along at such a frenetic pace that you'll probably miss half of them.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
June 7, 2012

If you want to see a family film that tries to make kids laugh by throwing lots of loud scenes with obnoxious characters doing annoying things and features the latest crappy pop songs, then MADAGASCAR 3 is for you.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
Top Critic
June 7, 2012

Despite a script co-written by Noah Baumbach, "Madagascar 3" can't upgrade its own shtick, becoming a craven example of a fast-buck, no-fun family film.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic
May 18, 2012

Yes, it's a cartoon, but it's conspicuously unmodulated, with the volume set on high and the pacing all but pushed to fast-forward.

Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
June 10, 2012

... this one was rotten in 2005 and 2008, and by now it's really beginning to stink.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Geoff Berkshire
HitFix
June 7, 2012

Is there any reason to seek it out if you don't have kids to bring along or a desire to see every animated movie ever made? Not really.

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Claudia Puig
USA Today
Top Critic
June 7, 2012

Set at a frenzied pace meant to connote fun, it mostly feels like a frenetic spectacle.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
June 12, 2012

[W]e can only hope that this series of mediocrities, which has already spanned three continents, spares us the other four.

Full Review | Original Score: 26/100
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
October 19, 2012

Instead of developing the characters or situations for comedy gold, the filmmakers instead just crank up the chaos. So while some scenes are both funny and visually impressive, this second sequel is simply too inane.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
Top Critic
June 8, 2012

What might be barely tolerable in a seven-minute short gave me the biggest headache since "Transformers: Dark of the Moon.''

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
Top Critic
June 7, 2012

If you typically check the ingredients on the stuff you feed your kids, here is what you'll find in "Madagascar 3": jokes, Katy Perry music and less than 2 percent of character development and emotional warmth.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
Top Critic
June 7, 2012

The movie zooms along at a clip so quick, it sometimes overwhelms.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
June 15, 2012

Color, frantic action, cute animals and a half-hatched theme about rekindling passion don't hit the target.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
January 22, 2013


Urban Cinefile
January 22, 2013


New York Daily News
Top Critic
January 22, 2013

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