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Duma Reviews

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.
March 31, 2006
For those wishing they still made films like The Black Stallion, today is your lucky day.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 30, 2006
Visually panoramic, a film that revels in making the expanse of a beautiful place palpable.
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
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
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
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
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
December 9, 2005
Ballard gets laughs where he's supposed to, and thrills in all the right places.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 5, 2005
Unlike many lesser movies aimed at families, this has heart, humor, thrilling adventure and stunning visuals.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 1, 2005
I can't say enough about that magisterial cheetah.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 30, 2005
Carroll Ballard still works in his ravishing, nearly pointillistic style of organic visual splendor.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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
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
September 29, 2005
Ostensibly a children's movie, but adults will want to see it, too.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
September 29, 2005
Ballard treats the quandary faced by Xan and Duma with a sure hand.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
September 29, 2005
I like it. Maybe not as much as those other pictures, but enough to bemoan a system in which family films have been so geared to kids (and their parents) with a kind of attention deficit disorder that it's inhospitable to a measured piece of storytelling.
September 27, 2005
Surprisingly flat.
August 5, 2005
Duma, and the sort of intelligent, visually rich filmmaking it represents, are endangered species.
August 5, 2005
Exactly the sort of movie parents starved for a good family picture in the theaters should be seeking out.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
August 3, 2005
Carroll Ballard has created in Duma another remarkable story of people and wild animals set against a rugged landscape.
August 1, 2005
It really is in the best sense of it, a good family film.
May 3, 2005
This intelligent, beautifully made production is a welcome reprieve from such crass (if successful) family pics as Are We There Yet? and The Pacifier.
April 21, 2005
Kids and animals are often a risky combination, but put them together in a movie such as Duma and you have a winning team.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5