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Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Reviews

Derek Adams
Time Out
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This is one of those rare occasions where the sequel is better than the original - but only by a whisker.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/6

December 5, 2008
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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The sequel, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, is a better film, though -- less manic, more easygoing.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

November 10, 2008
Ben Lyons
At the Movies
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This is great. I loved it.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

November 10, 2008
Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
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This is a really funny movie.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

November 10, 2008
David Germain
Associated Press
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With so many characters to cram in and not much for many of them to do, Escape 2 Africa ends up a choppy, episodic affair.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

November 7, 2008
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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A by-the-numbers follow-up to the highly successful 2005 feature that was no great shakes to begin with.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

November 7, 2008
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Whenever we move away from their scenes -- sharp and quickly edited -- the film slows a bit. Whenever we skip to one of the main characters learning yet another life lesson, the fun begins to fade.

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

November 7, 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
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
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The animation is sharp, and whenever things start to get confusing, a penguin or lemur comes onscreen and does something really funny.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

November 7, 2008
Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
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Happily, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is a worthy follow-up that builds on its predecessor's successes and adds to them.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 7, 2008
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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The roots are shallow, but the sequel is good-natured, high-spirited and perfectly enjoyable if you take it for what it is.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

November 7, 2008
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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Fans of the first Madagascar will find much to enjoy in Escape 2 Africa.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

November 7, 2008
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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It has everything Madagascar had three years ago, but also two things the original was woefully lacking: a good yarn and genuine yuks.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

November 7, 2008
Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
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Surprise, surprise, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is the rare sequel that is better than the original.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

November 7, 2008
Tom Long
Detroit News
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While Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa may offer hope to inter-species romance enthusiasts, for most adults it will simply serve as a way to keep the kids occupied.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C

November 7, 2008
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Emotionally and visually richer than its 2005 original.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

November 7, 2008
Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
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It's bad enough when sequels repeat the plot of their original movie. But it's serious chutzpah when the sequel cribs key plot points of another movie, as Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa does with The Lion King.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: C

November 7, 2008
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
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Lessons about family loyalty, tolerance, ingenuity, and sacrifice add depth to the screenplay by Etan Cohen and directors Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

November 7, 2008
Janice Page
Boston Globe
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If you own a TV, you will have heard the best laughs excerpted in unrelenting commercials leading up to the movie's release.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

November 7, 2008
Tasha Robinson
AV Club
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The first Madagascar was surprisingly enjoyable, thanks to high energy and playfully dark material, but the returning writing-directing crew doesn't seem nearly as invested this time around.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: D

November 7, 2008
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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This mediocre sequel to the 2005 DreamWorks Animation hit doesn't offer much to engage minds that have moved beyond coloring books.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 1/4

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
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Though it doesn't add anything new to the genre, Madagascar 2 is amusing animated fare.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 6, 2008
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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There's not enough of the first movie's super-erudite monkeys. Yet the sitcom-style silliness is still there.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

November 6, 2008
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Take the flat tire that was Madagascar. Retread it with The Lion King storyline. Pump it up with air. Now you have Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2/4

November 6, 2008
John Anderson
Newsday
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Typical tale of self-discovery, punctuated by genuine hilarity and top-flight animation.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 6, 2008
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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This is a brighter, more engaging film than the original Madagascar.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

November 6, 2008
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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Although there are some inspired bits, too often the movie takes what worked well in small doses in the original and beats them to death in the sequel.

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

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
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is pretty tame, but it knows how to keep its own turf tidy.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

November 5, 2008
Anna King
Time Out New York
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You can't fault DreamWorks for including what Disney's animated tales conspicuously leave out -- gags pitched at adults. Plus, the CGI has improved since the first film, with animal fur being ruffled in all the right places.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/6

November 5, 2008
Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
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Funniest movie of '08? Close enough, for those who don't mind monkeying around.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

November 5, 2008
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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Cartoons can get away with being serviceable and skillful without much creativity since they have an endlessly renewing audience. Mad 2 surfs along on such waves, entertaining youngsters while mildly amusing adults.

November 3, 2008
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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A notable improvement on its predecessor in every department.

Full Review Source: Variety

November 3, 2008
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