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Kung Fu Panda Reviews

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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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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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).
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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
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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.
| Original Score: B
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
September 10, 2008
Hands down the most visually striking of DreamWorks Animation's releases, this lively CGI comedy is tailor-made for Jack Black.
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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
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Tom Charity
CNN.com
June 10, 2008
The action tends to blur into a whirlwind of slapstick chaos.
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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.
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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
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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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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
June 6, 2008
A master [course] in cunning visual art and ultra-satisfying entertainment.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 6, 2008
A relatively harmless bit of animated fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
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
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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).
| Original Score: 3/4
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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.
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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+
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
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+
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 6, 2008
The animation is consistently sporty and there are some choice comic riffs on martial arts movies.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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.
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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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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
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
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
June 6, 2008
This is the best PG film I've seen in ... well, forever.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
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.
| Original Score: A-
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
June 5, 2008
At once fuzzy-wuzzy and industrial strength, the tacky-sounding Kung Fu Panda is high concept with a heart.
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
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
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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
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John Anderson
Washington Post
June 5, 2008
This computer-animated DreamWorks film is infectious and inspiring, despite one's best efforts to resist its charms.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 5, 2008
A gift in a summer that threatens to be seriously short of quality kid entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
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.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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-
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Ella Taylor
Village Voice
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.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 2, 2008
I had a great time.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
May 16, 2008
Though aimed primarily at youngsters, KF Panda embraces humor that plays well across age groups and nationalities.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
May 15, 2008
A nice looking but heavily formulaic DreamWorks animation entry.