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Duma Reviews

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Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
May 14, 2005
When I saw it, Ballard's knack for boring small children was intact, but this time the movie is so dramatically inert that even the best-intentioned parents probably won't require their kids to sit through it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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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Ben Kenigsberg
Village Voice
September 27, 2005
Surprisingly flat.

Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 4, 2005
It's an extraordinary film, and intelligent younger viewers in particular may be enthralled by it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
August 3, 2005
Carroll Ballard has created in Duma another remarkable story of people and wild animals set against a rugged landscape.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 1, 2005
It really is in the best sense of it, a good family film.
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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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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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
Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media
December 18, 2010
Enchanting coming-of-age story for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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
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.
Peter Sobczynski
August 5, 2005
A thrilling and visually stunning entertainment that will excite and enrapture viewers of all ages.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 12, 2005
This is an old-fashioned adventure uncomplicated in its telling but rich in meaning. It belongs to a vanishing breed. Treasure it while it remains.
Full Review| Original Score: 3.5/4
Mary Lasse
Christianity Today
November 1, 2006
A handcrafted masterpiece.
| Original Score: 3/4
Rob Blackwelder
April 21, 2005
While it would hold up well against other routine kiddie-animal matinees, all through "Duma" I kept thinking of last summer's (similiar but superior) "Two Brothers."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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