Duma Reviews

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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.
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.
March 3, 2006
With ravenous alligators and lions on the prowl, Duma delivers familiar adventure, but Ballard refuses to cater to cuteness.
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.
January 6, 2006
Family films can be simplistic or condescending, but the joy of Carroll Ballard's work is that it's neither.
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.
December 9, 2005
Ballard gets laughs where he's supposed to, and thrills in all the right places.
October 5, 2005
Unlike many lesser movies aimed at families, this has heart, humor, thrilling adventure and stunning visuals.
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
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.
September 29, 2005
Ballard treats the quandary faced by Xan and Duma with a sure hand.
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.
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