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Kung Fu Panda Reviews

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
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).
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
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
September 10, 2008
Hands down the most visually striking of DreamWorks Animation's releases, this lively CGI comedy is tailor-made for Jack Black.
July 18, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 10, 2008
The action tends to blur into a whirlwind of slapstick chaos.
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.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 6, 2008
Neither as original as Ratatouille nor as funny as Shrek.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 6, 2008
A master [course] in cunning visual art and ultra-satisfying entertainment.
June 6, 2008
Kung Fu Panda gets across important and inevitable plot information in ways that are novel and unexpected. Things simply don't happen the way they usually happen in animated stories.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 6, 2008
A relatively harmless bit of animated fun.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 6, 2008
The animation is dazzling, so lovingly detailed you can make out individual hairs on the titular beastie, and full of bright Chinese images.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 6, 2008
This is an unashamedly old-fashioned children's movie, and a predictable message is part of the mission. But that's okay; what the movie lacks in surprises, it makes up for in whimsical fun
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 6, 2008
The nicest surprise about Kung Fu Panda is that it's so much better than the goofy-cutesy title would lead you to expect.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 6, 2008
The movie has lean, to-the-point simplicity, which is refreshing in an era when so many films take needlessly bloated, talky routes into their story (for more on this, see Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull).
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
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+
June 6, 2008
With loads of laugh lines, Kung Fu Panda plays with the ying- yang tension of sincerity and irreverance. And it never shirks a popcorn tenet: kernels of wisdom must be tasty.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 6, 2008
The kung fu scenes overflow with crisp, thrilling and funny moments that whiz by in the 88-minute run time.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 6, 2008
The animation is consistently sporty and there are some choice comic riffs on martial arts movies.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 6, 2008
Everything about Kung Fu Panda is a little better, a little sharper, a little funnier than the animated run of the mill. It's one of the few comedies of 2008 that knows what it's doing.
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
June 6, 2008
It's elegantly drawn, the action sequences are packed with energy, and it's short enough that older viewers will be forgiving. For the kids, of course, all this stuff is much of a muchness, and here they go again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 6, 2008
It's a howl and amazement for anyone under 12. As is often the way with middling kids' movies, parents who grow tired of the film are treated to a satisfying consolation prize: watching their children have fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 6, 2008
This is the best PG film I've seen in ... well, forever.
Full Review | Original Score: A
June 5, 2008
Kung Fu Panda is yet another celebrity-voiced animal adventure, but it stands out from the crowd of similar films with its lightning wit and whirlwind brio.
Read More | Original Score: A-
June 5, 2008
At once fuzzy-wuzzy and industrial strength, the tacky-sounding Kung Fu Panda is high concept with a heart.
June 5, 2008
Po turns out to be smarter than your average bear, not to mention sweet of disposition and amusingly smart-alecky. ... DreamWorks' animated romp proves charming, if formulaic.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
June 5, 2008
While its storyline might seem familiar (in fact, very familiar if you've seen the recent live-action Jackie Chan/Jet Li hit, The Forbidden Kingdom), there's enough invention and irreverence to make the film feel fresh.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 5, 2008
This is well-worn territory, from the cuddly slapstick to the Chinese wisdom, but the movie redeems itself with some surprisingly smart and tender moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 5, 2008
This computer-animated DreamWorks film is infectious and inspiring, despite one's best efforts to resist its charms.
June 5, 2008
Kung Fu Panda isn't the kind of movie that will make you gasp with surprise as it moves toward its believe-in-yourself destination. But it is the kind of movie that will make you enjoy the journey.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 5, 2008
A gift in a summer that threatens to be seriously short of quality kid entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
June 4, 2008
As summer movies get bigger and bigger, they often make us, the audience, feel smaller and smaller. The bright Kung Fu Panda is a simple and lighthearted exception.
June 4, 2008
Just about all animated movies teach you to Believe in Yourself, but the image of a face-stuffing panda-turned-yowling Bruce Lee dervish is as unlikely, and touching, an advertisement for that message as we've seen in quite some time.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
June 4, 2008
By all means, gather up the little ones and take them to this perfectly pleasant, very good-looking, modestly funny, dispiritingly unoriginal variant on the nerd-with-a-dream recipe.
June 2, 2008
This is a solid family film material, although one suspects the children will get a little more out of it than their parents.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 2, 2008
I had a great time.
May 16, 2008
Though aimed primarily at youngsters, KF Panda embraces humor that plays well across age groups and nationalities.
May 15, 2008
A nice looking but heavily formulaic DreamWorks animation entry.