Duma Reviews

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January 6, 2006
Grabs for the gut by stoking primal understandings about our loving but tragically distant relationship with the wild.
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.
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.
December 9, 2005
Ballard gets laughs where he's supposed to, and thrills in all the right places.
December 8, 2005
The awww factor of these sequences is huge -- and undeniable.
November 23, 2005
[Not The Black Stallion], but at least as worthy as any other feature released in the last month.
October 22, 2005
A visually stunning and quietly moving film of rare beauty.
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.
October 17, 2005
Moving and marvelously entertaining.
October 7, 2005
October 5, 2005
Unlike many lesser movies aimed at families, this has heart, humor, thrilling adventure and stunning visuals.
October 3, 2005
one of the better family films to come out in recent memory
October 1, 2005
I can't say enough about that magisterial cheetah.
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.
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.
September 30, 2005
[Ballard's] pitch-perfect adventure will engage your imagination, no matter your age.
September 30, 2005
Carroll Ballard still works in his ravishing, nearly pointillistic style of organic visual splendor.
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.
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.
September 29, 2005
Ostensibly a children's movie, but adults will want to see it, too.
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