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Madagascar Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
May 27, 2005
Mediocre, phoned-in semi-entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 27, 2005
It'll be fun for the smaller kids, but there's not much crossover appeal for their parents.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 24, 2005
Eventually, it had to happen: a computer-animated dud.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
May 26, 2005
Another triumph of animation technique over anything that could reasonably be called a story.
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
May 26, 2005
Some charming performances and saucy humor cannot save this movie from its surprising insensitivity.
| Original Score: C
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
May 25, 2005
Kinda funny. Kinda annoying. Pretty. In love with its own mediocrity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
May 27, 2005
This tepid summer animated offering limps along like an aged, mangy lion with bunions.
| Original Score: D+
David Foucher
EDGE Boston
May 27, 2005
Technically brilliant - but pathetically ignorant.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
June 4, 2005
Sometimes the line between family fun and cheeky humor gets blurred too far.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 31, 2005
It paints itself into a very bizarre corner because at first, they are all friends and then all of a sudden they revert to being more like real animals. How do you do that and make it funny? Well, you don't.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
May 24, 2005
Modestly improving upon the wretched DreamWorks animation template, Madagascar still fails to approximate Pixar's trademark mix of hilarity and poignancy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
October 30, 2006
Too kiddie-oriented to keep the parents coming back like they have for the likes of the vastly superior Shrek, Nemo and Incredibles films.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
May 26, 2005
It hopes that if it throws enough pop-cultural references at us, we won't notice how frantically it's trying to figure out what to do.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
May 26, 2005
The movie has plenty of ingenuity. What it lacks -- completely -- is inspiration.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
If we're not suffering poo-flinging or butt-biting, we get the theme songs from Chariots of Fire and Hawaii Five-O.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Cornelius
eFilmCritic.com
June 5, 2005
Madagascar is a film that, visually, is quite colorful and lively, but what's underneath is bland, uninventive, and downright dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mike Ward
Richmond.com
May 27, 2005
If Shark Tale was Shrek Light, then Madagascar is Shrek Dry.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
November 16, 2011
Boring and bedraggled.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
May 27, 2005
DreamWorks set the bar awfully low last fall with Shark Tale, but like a limbo champion it slips lower still with Madagascar.
Full Review| Original Score: 1.5/4
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
June 20, 2005
For all of its easy jokes about poop and flatulence, the one stinking here is the movie itself.
| Original Score: D
Ken Eisner
Georgia Straight
June 5, 2005
Mark Jenkins
NPR.org
November 8, 2008

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