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Duma Reviews

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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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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
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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
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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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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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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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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.
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Ben Kenigsberg
Village Voice
September 27, 2005
Surprisingly flat.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
August 5, 2005
Duma, and the sort of intelligent, visually rich filmmaking it represents, are endangered species.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
August 5, 2005
Exactly the sort of movie parents starved for a good family picture in the theaters should be seeking out.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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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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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.
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Scott Foundas
Variety
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.
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Kathy Cano Murillo
Arizona Republic
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.
| Original Score: 3/5