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Madagascar Reviews

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Derek Adams
Time Out
November 16, 2011
Boring and bedraggled.
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Erin Clements
Time Out
September 20, 2008
Lame scatalogical gags and worn pop-culture parodies abound, but the CGI animation romp is somewhat redeemed by the scene-stealing appearances of several supporting characters.
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
September 26, 2005
The tenor can be shrill, but there's no time to get bored. And on top of that, most of the gags actually work.
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 1, 2005
Lacking any meat on its bones, ['Madagascar'] is a cartoon about nothing. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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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.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
May 27, 2005
Madagascar is great good fun, not only because the filmmakers have enlisted some wonderful voice talent but also because the visuals truly are marvelous.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
May 27, 2005
The fact is, apart from certain superficial visual distinctions, virtually all of the recent studio-produced, star-voiced computer-animated movies feel like they could have been produced on different assembly lines in the same factory.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 27, 2005
What makes it good is that the story is a kind of parable that suggests some seriousness beneath the surface, even sadness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
May 27, 2005
The film ends with an obvious bid for a sequel, and why not? Madagascar and its charming critters deserve an encore.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 27, 2005
Take the kids. Find a globe. Do some teaching.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
May 27, 2005
This doesn't signify progress for the computer-animated medium. If anything, it's regression.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
May 27, 2005
[It] looks stunning, but it's an ill-conceived mess that plays like two movies awkwardly spliced together.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
May 27, 2005
The latest DreamWorks Animation picture that leaves you jonesing for a little Pixar.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
May 27, 2005
Brilliantly written, animated and performed, it not only bridges the child-adult divide, but also makes its kid-friendly humor smart in its own way.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
May 27, 2005
A wafer-thin yarn that might have done Sylvester and Tweety proud, but goes missing-in-action when stretched over 80-plus minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 27, 2005
A safe-as-milk, toy-ready, born-to-cross-promote piece of animated Hollywood product that will likely please children but leave adults dreaming of The Incredibles.
| Original Score: C+
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
May 27, 2005
Appropriate for the wee ones, this flick promises to please parents who will inevitably be in for repeat viewings.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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May 27, 2005
A delight. Co-writers and -directors McGrath and Eric Darnell, along with their entire team, have done a terrific job with their sweet and whimsical story.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 27, 2005
Antic, cute, scattershot, it's a remarkable-looking but terribly uncertain bit of CGI fluff, with its richest humor off to the sides of the action and a whole lot of average in the middle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
May 27, 2005
The movie seems a little undernourished in the story department, and attempts to infuse the proceedings with adult-pleasing humor don't always rise to brilliant levels.
| Original Score: C+
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
May 27, 2005
It's a good-humored, pleasant confection that has all kinds of relaxed fun bringing computer-animated savvy to the old-fashioned world of Looney Tunes cartoons.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 27, 2005
Sputters to an end without building to any sort of satisfying conclusion.
| Original Score: 2/4
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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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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
May 27, 2005
Madagascar makes you long for a time when story was more important than cleverness; before having celebrities voicing the characters was a marketing requisite; before you needed to be thoroughly immersed in pop culture to get the gags.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 26, 2005
The animation is visually stunning, and the animals' stylized rendering and friendly look is in keeping with the energetic mood of the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
May 26, 2005
Madagascar will have you roaring, but in the right way.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
May 26, 2005
The movie fails to satisfy on such a fundamental level that it either must be setting itself up for a Madagascar 2 or must hope that the audience isn't paying too much attention. I vote for the latter.
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Arizona Republic
May 26, 2005
The movie is like a doughnut, with frosting on the edges and a big hole in the middle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
May 26, 2005
Like many computer-animated features, this one, about four animals exiled from the Central Park Zoo, expends most of its imaginative resources on clever visuals.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
May 26, 2005
As with most recent animated features not affiliated with Pixar Studios, Madagascar oversells itself with superstar voices and set pieces bloated with noise and undernourished in wit.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 26, 2005
A good-natured kid flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
May 26, 2005
The film never gets going. It's too slow and plodding for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 26, 2005
While teens and adults can do worse than Madagascar (anyone for Kingdom of Heaven?), this slight and amusing 'toon is mostly a trip designed for the kiddie crowd to take in.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
May 26, 2005
If Madagascar is in all ways a sunnier place than Walt Disney's matricidal canon, it is also a correspondingly less magical kingdom.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 26, 2005
The movie sadly runs aground on old gags that no amount of eye-popping color and frenzied action can spin into gold.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Melinda Ennis
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
May 26, 2005
Like Looney Tunes, there's cartoon craziness for the kids and knowing, 'wink-wink' humor to keep the grown-ups giggling and guessing at the film allusions that fill the clever script.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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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.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 25, 2005
Untamed fun.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
May 24, 2005
An antic little charmer, wasting no more or less time on repetitive pratfalls and unpoetic mushiness than any Disney film since 1948.
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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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David Denby
New Yorker
May 23, 2005
After you see Madagascar, you start to think that the movies are being dumbed down even for small children.
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
May 23, 2005
Pleasant, if mediocre family fare.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
May 23, 2005
Runs out of gas.