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Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

Feels rushed and disjointed, like the filmmakers didn't have a good reason for a sequel and just threw in every little thing they could think of.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 2/5

November 6, 2008
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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The animation shows glossy improvement from the original Madagascar, with nature and the neo-natural animals even more detailed than ever. But the knock on Dreamworks' animation style -- that it's entirely too talky -- rings true here.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

November 5, 2008
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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One reason to lament the existence of Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is too bemoan the considerable amount of talent that was tied up developing this uninspired sequel when it could have been employed in the service of something fresh and new.

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

November 7, 2008

Easily entertained children will probably be amused enough by Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, but their parents may find themselves growing restless at this overly fussy, shticky movie and will no doubt look forward to an Escape 2 the Lobby.

Full Review Source: MSNBC | Original Score: 2/5

November 4, 2008
Paul Chambers
CNNRadio

Two stripes and you're out!

Full Review Source: CNNRadio | Original Score: D+

July 17, 2009
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner

There are a few laughs, courtesy of King Julien, a self-aggrandizing lemur who comes off as a pint-sized parody of Dubya. But this isn't a movie concerned with engaging hearts and minds so much as bombarding the ears with Top 40 sing-alongs.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner | Original Score: 2/4

November 7, 2008
Jolene Mendez
Entertainment Spectrum

Definitely a step down from the first one, but you should not let that stop you from seeing a film with great humor and animation.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum | Original Score: 2/5

January 4, 2009
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies

Madagascar 2 is an overstuffed, unfunny adventure that adds nothing but length to the franchise's running time and, ultimately, disappoints as both a sequel and a standalone film.

Full Review Source: IGN Movies | Original Score: 1/5

November 7, 2008
Christian Toto
What Would Toto Watch?

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa repeats all the gags from the first film ... but lacks enough new material to warrant another rumble in the jungle.

Full Review Source: What Would Toto Watch? | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 7, 2008

I am tired of the same story lines in animated films. Be unique, not part of the herd. Be yourself and your Daddy will eventually be proud of you. Monkeys and penguins can fix planes with spit...Ok, that one is new.

Full Review Source: UGO | Original Score: 4/10

November 6, 2008
John Hazelton
Screen International

The sequel to DreamWorks' computer-animated family hit Madagascar offers more drama and a lot more animals but fewer laughs and not quite as much fun as the colourful summer 2005 original.

Full Review Source: Screen International

November 3, 2008
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald

Madagascar's flock of Mafioso penguins will crack you up. Not much else will.

Full Review Source: Tri-City Herald | Original Score: 3/5

November 7, 2008
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine

The movie is not painful to sit through, but it lacks standout moments like the first one had.

Full Review Source: Sin Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 7, 2008
Bill Gibron
Filmcritic.com

This is a big screen experience so kid-oriented it should come with a pacifier and a selection of Huggies.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2/5

November 6, 2008
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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There's a generally more diverting entertainment waddling along the edges of Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa than the larger one lollygagging on screen.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

November 6, 2008
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

Fans of the 2005 original will find this sequel more of the same. So will the original's detractors -- it was lousy then and it's lousy now.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 2/5

November 14, 2008
Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files

If you weren't particularly enamored with the first one, chances are this isn't gonna change your opinion on the Madagascar cast

Full Review Source: Lyles' Movie Files | Original Score: 4/10

August 9, 2012
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Somewhat better than the original, a film which it is mainly content to clone shamelessly.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 5/10

November 10, 2008
David Cornelius
eFilmCritic.com

The upside, I suppose, is that we'll all forget about it in a few weeks.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 2/5

November 12, 2008
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com

Perhaps having already gone back 2 Africa in this tired sequel, the inevitable third time around will inspire the filmmakers to go back 2 the drawing board instead.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 1/5

November 6, 2008
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
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