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Duma Reviews

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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 5, 2006
[Director] Ballard's dime-store philosophizing gets schmaltzy, but the emotions seem heartfelt. And as he has done in earlier movies, he incorporates some spectacular backdrops.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 5, 2006
Despite the outstanding cast of humans, Duma is the star, and Ballard obviously places a high value on exploring the real behavior of a cheetah, who is cute at times and potentially scary at others.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
December 9, 2005
Ballard gets laughs where he's supposed to, and thrills in all the right places.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
December 8, 2005
The awww factor of these sequences is huge -- and undeniable.
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
November 23, 2005
[Not The Black Stallion], but at least as worthy as any other feature released in the last month.
Timothy Knight
Reel.com
October 22, 2005
A visually stunning and quietly moving film of rare beauty.
| Original Score: 3/4
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
October 17, 2005
Duma offers a compelling look at a world filled with beauty and wonder, one that children as well as their parents deserve to see.
Ken Fox
TV Guide
October 17, 2005
Moving and marvelously entertaining.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 5, 2005
Unlike many lesser movies aimed at families, this has heart, humor, thrilling adventure and stunning visuals.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com
October 3, 2005
one of the better family films to come out in recent memory
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
October 1, 2005
I can't say enough about that magisterial cheetah.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
September 30, 2005
Ballard may give us some lovely pictures here and startlingly alive images of Africa's wildlife. But the movie itself is stuffed.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
September 30, 2005
A pleasing fable reminiscent of G-rated nature movies of the '60s and '70s, before kiddie cinema required CGI or hip cultural references.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News
September 30, 2005
[Ballard's] pitch-perfect adventure will engage your imagination, no matter your age.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
September 30, 2005
This soulful, piercingly beautiful story about a boy and his cheetah marks the welcome return to the screen of the director Carroll Ballard.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 30, 2005
Carroll Ballard still works in his ravishing, nearly pointillistic style of organic visual splendor.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
September 29, 2005
Simultaneously innocent and sophisticated, this honestly emotional fable shows why every Ballard film -- and his last was released almost a decade ago -- is a special event.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
September 29, 2005
Ostensibly a children's movie, but adults will want to see it, too.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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John Anderson
Newsday
September 29, 2005
Ballard treats the quandary faced by Xan and Duma with a sure hand.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
September 29, 2005
A drama of uncommon beauty and emotional resonance about a boy's journey to return his pet cheetah to its natural habitat.
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