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Kung Fu Panda Reviews

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Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
July 10, 2008
'Chinese' in the way that Springfield-style cashew chicken is 'Chinese.'
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 6, 2008
The film settles into a succession of ritual spoofs of the kung fu genre, and peddles the sort of cloying preachments about self-esteem and human potential -- panda potential -- that little kids hear all the time on TV.
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
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
June 5, 2008
Kung Fu Panda is generally content to simply coast along on a few Zen platitudes and regularly scheduled Po pratfalls.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Todd McCarthy
May 15, 2008
A nice looking but heavily formulaic DreamWorks animation entry.
Geoff Berkshire
June 7, 2008
No more impressive than anything you could randomly dial up on Cartoon Network.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 6, 2008
Neither as original as Ratatouille nor as funny as Shrek.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 6, 2008
Everything that happens in this dull tale of Po, a paunchy panda who becomes a zealous kung fu fighter, is telegraphed well in advance.
| Original Score: 2/4
Peter Sobczynski
June 5, 2008
It lacks that final spark of ingenuity or inspiration that would have transformed it from an amusing idea into a full-fledged movie worth watching.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 6, 2008
Kung Fu Panda illustrates the dilemma CGI movies find themselves in: They're suspended on a rickety bridge between product and moviemaking, and the boards of our interest are beginning to rot away.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 6, 2008
Very much a Hollywood production -- formulaic, made for marketing and never quite as inspired as it could have been.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Alex Markerson
E! Online
June 5, 2008
Replace the cute 'widdle' animals with people and you'd have a generic undiscovered-hero story with a dull script. (Also, it would have to be called Kung Fu Fat Kid, which probably wouldn't test very well.)
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Tom Charity
June 10, 2008
The action tends to blur into a whirlwind of slapstick chaos.
Jay Richardson
Future Movies UK
July 8, 2008
This is strictly formulaic animation from DreamWorks, wasting a stellar cast and a marvellously high concept idea.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
June 5, 2008
Why create a universe this utterly gonzo if all you're going to do is repeat the same 'believe-in-yourself' and 'everyone-is-special' pablum kids have heard a million times?
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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.
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
June 6, 2008
The message -- believe in yourself even when all evidence suggests you shouldn't -- is annoyingly familiar and frankly overdue for a serious debunking, but it's not about to happen here.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
June 4, 2008
Another misfit-makes-good movie with nifty visuals but a sodden script.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Stephen Garrett
Time Out
June 5, 2008
A parade of pain dominates Kung Fu Panda, which forgoes the rigors of character development for lazy, bone-crunching mayhem.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
June 6, 2008
Kung Fu Panda is one gorgeous movie. If only the story and comedy were half as absorbing.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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