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Kung Fu Panda Reviews

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Kristian M. Lin
Fort Worth Weekly
July 18, 2016
Kung Fu Panda is not as much fun as Kung Fu Hustle, but it's much better than Kung Pow: Enter the Fist.
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
December 7, 2014
There's something about the look of Kung Fu Panda that is so novel and pleasing. Perhaps it's just that we haven't seen this vintage, Far East world in a computer-animated movie before.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Jay Stone
December 7, 2014
Some of it just seems silly, which is fine for a family movie, of course, but there's silly and then there's silly. Kung Fu Panda is silly.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
Josh Jackson
Paste Magazine
November 22, 2013
When the kids are happy and I get to watch a Jack Black kung fu movie, that's good enough for me.
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Bruce Diones
New Yorker
November 22, 2013
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).
Leah Rozen
People Magazine
November 22, 2013
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.

Total Film
November 22, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
November 22, 2013
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).
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Alan Jones
Radio Times
November 22, 2013
This beautifully designed, cherry blossom-hued cartoon is brighter, breezier and bouncier than most.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
An energetic and surprisingly colorful family adventure tale that trumps formula through sheer force of personality.
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
November 16, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Simon Reynolds
Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
Kung Fu Panda is a colourful, extremely enjoyable if workmanlike animated romp.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 6, 2010
Loony Toons slapstick madness combines with martial arts spectacle to give way to some wonderfully funny scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
July 6, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Fernando F. Croce
August 26, 2009
A vast improvement over such previous DreamWorks dreck as Shark Tale and the Shrek flicks
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 21, 2008
Kung Fu Panda puts most other recent action movies to shame with its astonishingly beautiful, fluid, fast, clean use of movement and space.
Jim Judy
Screen It!
November 14, 2008
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Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
November 10, 2008
A witty, visually interesting and sweet comedy that works in pretty much all departments.
Read More | Original Score: 76/100
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
November 8, 2008
...relies on the sounds of its voice cast and the brilliance of its CGI animation to help it succeed.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 18, 2008
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.
Read More | Original Score: B
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