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Duma Reviews

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Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media
December 18, 2010
Enchanting coming-of-age story for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A pure children's film with an exciting story, genuine characters, and deep messages about life, love, and loss.
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
February 8, 2008
It's a crime what happened to the wonderful African wilderness movie Duma in 2005. Beautifully directed by veteran Carroll Ballard, Duma fell flat in the United States because of bad timing and abysmal marketing.
Mary Lasse
Christianity Today
November 1, 2006
A handcrafted masterpiece.
| Original Score: 3/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
April 4, 2006
It's as good as this sort of thing gets, and deserves to be seen in a proper auditorium rather than on DVD.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 2, 2006
The film opens with some adorable cheetah cubs, so you're instantly hooked, but there's more to this than just a bunch of cute animals.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
March 31, 2006
For those wishing they still made films like The Black Stallion, today is your lucky day.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Philip Kennicott
Washington Post
March 30, 2006
Visually panoramic, a film that revels in making the expanse of a beautiful place palpable.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 18, 2006
Too suspenseful for the youngest children, but for anyone older than 8 or 9, it evokes nothing less than awe at the harsh beauty of the natural world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
March 10, 2006
... a beautifully photographed journey that will thrill youngsters and strongly engage adults.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
March 3, 2006
With ravenous alligators and lions on the prowl, Duma delivers familiar adventure, but Ballard refuses to cater to cuteness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
March 3, 2006
Like its title character, Duma has been left to fend for itself by Warner Bros., which is barely releasing it. A successful showing this weekend will prove that there really is an audience for this brand of thoughtful, literate family film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
March 3, 2006
... leads us on a journey -- sometimes humorous, sometimes harrowing, always heartfelt -- that's well worth taking.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
February 17, 2006
Director Carroll Ballard makes only one type of movie -- family adventures that feature some sort of wildlife. To his credit, however, he does them pretty well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
February 17, 2006
Director Carroll Ballard ... not only captures stellar images of nature, but feels the call of the wild in his bones.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Dan Lybarger
February 16, 2006
Chances are excellent that Carroll Ballard's latest film 'Duma' isn't playing in a theater anywhere near you. That's a shame. It's one of those rare children's films that actually succeeds in delighting tots and their parents.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
February 10, 2006
Exciting but never violent, deeply emotional but never saccharine, Duma is the sort of solid family film Hollywood is always being criticized for not making any more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 8, 2006
An old-fashion adventure yarn [and] an absolutely delightful throwback!
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
January 6, 2006
Family films can be simplistic or condescending, but the joy of Carroll Ballard's work is that it's neither.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
January 6, 2006
Grabs for the gut by stoking primal understandings about our loving but tragically distant relationship with the wild.
| Original Score: 3/4
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