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Kung Fu Panda (2008)



Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 174
Fresh: 152 | Rotten: 22

Kung Fu Panda has a familiar message, but the pleasing mix of humor, swift martial arts action, and colorful animation makes for winning Summer entertainment.


Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 41
Fresh: 32 | Rotten: 9

Kung Fu Panda has a familiar message, but the pleasing mix of humor, swift martial arts action, and colorful animation makes for winning Summer entertainment.



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A clumsy panda bear becomes an unlikely kung fu hero when a treacherous enemy spreads chaos throughout the countryside in this animated martial arts adventure featuring the voices of Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, and Jackie Chan. On the surface, Po (voice of Black) may look like just another portly panda bear, but beneath his fur he bears the mark of the chosen one. By day, Po works faithfully in his family's noodle shop, but by night he dreams of becoming a true master of the

Nov 9, 2008


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The animation work is dazzling; it's lovingly detailed without being overdone (particularly the opening sequence, which is hand-drawn and looks like prints struck from ancient woodblocks).

November 22, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
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As the credits roll, the film's many flaws come sharply into focus. But while it lasts, Kung-Fu Panda is something of a guilty treat.

November 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Manages to entertain and dazzle, and parents won't beat themselves up for sitting through it, although what it teaches could fit on a fortune cookie.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Hands down the most visually striking of DreamWorks Animation's releases, this lively CGI comedy is tailor-made for Jack Black.

September 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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The aphorisms creak. The plot's an open book. But all of those clichés are part of the joke in this ebullient ursine coming-of-age tale about a humble panda destined for greatness.

July 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
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The action tends to blur into a whirlwind of slapstick chaos.

June 10, 2008 Full Review Source:
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When the kids are happy and I get to watch a Jack Black kung fu movie, that's good enough for me.

November 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Supporting characters (including Jolie, who is wasted as a tiger) are pallid, and the fight scenes disproportionately long, as if the filmmakers figure the young boys most likely to see Panda are just as action-happy as their dads.

November 22, 2013 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

A decent bridge before the wonder of WALL-E, Kung Fu Panda will thrill kids and fight nuts alike. Shame the big names are underused and there's nothing particularly new.

November 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Kung Fu Panda is hugely entertaining, gorgeously animated and expertly cast, with Jack Black and Dustin Hoffman doing some of their best work in recent memory (no joke).

November 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

This beautifully designed, cherry blossom-hued cartoon is brighter, breezier and bouncier than most.

November 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

An energetic and surprisingly colorful family adventure tale that trumps formula through sheer force of personality.

May 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Shared Darkness
Shared Darkness

Kung Fu Panda is a colourful, extremely enjoyable if workmanlike animated romp.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

The thin script (light on length and surprise, heavy on tike-pleasing jokes and action) gives the ancillary anthropomorphized animals so little to say, you'll hardly recognize Angelina Jolie's Tigress or even Jackie Chan's Monkey.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

A vast improvement over such previous DreamWorks dreck as Shark Tale and the Shrek flicks

August 26, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

Kung Fu Panda puts most other recent action movies to shame with its astonishingly beautiful, fluid, fast, clean use of movement and space.

November 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

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November 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Screen It!
Screen It!

A witty, visually interesting and sweet comedy that works in pretty much all departments.

November 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

...relies on the sounds of its voice cast and the brilliance of its CGI animation to help it succeed.

November 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

It is as if the spirit of recent Zhang Yimou spectaculars have informed this warm and very likable Hollywood fare.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

This Panda delivers a cuddle more than a thump.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Formulaic, but entertaining and often dazzling.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

It's still a bit patchy in terms of its pace, and it's awfully violent for a PG movie, but it also features the best fight sequences the animated world, or any other world, has ever seen.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Kung Fu Panda

Funny and quite stylish, but entirely insubstantial, which is ok.
March 28, 2013
Louis Rogers

Super Reviewer

The dialogue provided by the charismatic Jack Black brings magic in this simplistic DreamWorks picture. Kung Fu Panda's blend of action, comedy and animation makes the film a worthwhile treat for all audiences. 5/5
January 1, 2013
Eugene Bernabe

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The action sequences featuring the animals created are imaginative and the animation is probably the BEST i've ever seen in a dreamworks production joint with Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron and its sequel Kung Fu Panda 2. The voice acting is good, it's funny, it's amazing.
February 25, 2012
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    1. Po: Skadoosh
    – Submitted by Carlo R (10 months ago)
    1. Po: No, master! Don't die!
    2. Master Shifu: *closes eyes*
    3. Po: NO!
    4. Master Shifu: I'm not dying you idiot! I'm relaxing!
    – Submitted by Mike R (15 months ago)
    1. Po: Oooooh... My tenders!
    – Submitted by Omar K (15 months ago)
    1. Mr. Ping: Once I had a dream that I ran away to make tofu.
    2. Po: Then why didn't you!
    3. Mr. Ping: Because it was a stupid dream.
    – Submitted by Matthew R (16 months ago)
    1. Po: Wow, all of you look bigger than the action figure! Accept for you Mantis.
    – Submitted by Matthew R (16 months ago)
    1. Oogway: Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called present.
    – Submitted by Adam H (16 months ago)
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