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Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted Reviews

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Miami Herald
January 22, 2013
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Guy Lodge
Time Out
October 16, 2012
This is that rare thing: a franchise that grows more winning with each instalment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
June 8, 2012
From time to time the improbable occurs: A sequel outdoes its original.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
June 8, 2012
The screenplay, by Eric Darnell and Noah Baumbach, churns out the snappy witticisms with admirable creative gusto, but it whizzes along at such a frenetic pace that you'll probably miss half of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 8, 2012
A fun and fast family entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
June 8, 2012
The clever lines and themes of friendship and finding home are almost completely overwhelmed here by the breathless pace and sensory overload...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
June 8, 2012
What might be barely tolerable in a seven-minute short gave me the biggest headache since "Transformers: Dark of the Moon.''
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
June 8, 2012
[It] may be the best of the bunch, simply because it busts the leash that tethers it to anything resembling reality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 7, 2012
Set at a frenzied pace meant to connote fun, it mostly feels like a frenetic spectacle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andy Webster
New York Times
June 7, 2012
Kids will be stimulated. And, parents, you'll enjoy the sights.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 7, 2012
"Madagascar 3" is all about exuberant motion, cute characters and gorgeous colors. It aims for the eyes, not the heart.
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
June 7, 2012
A neon-saturated, high-flying trapeze act with enough frenetic funny business that it's a wonder the folks behind this zillion-dollar franchise about zoo critters on the lam didn't send the animals to the circus sooner.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
June 7, 2012
A riot of splashy colors, silly 3-D gimmicks, big, broad kid-friendly gags - and those professionally pesky penguins.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
June 7, 2012
Cascading, colorful 3-D performance sequences are sufficiently dazzling that you'll forgive the bajillionth soundtrack sampling of "Firework."
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 7, 2012
Your brain goes breathless and giddy struggling to keep up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
June 7, 2012
If you typically check the ingredients on the stuff you feed your kids, here is what you'll find in "Madagascar 3": jokes, Katy Perry music and less than 2 percent of character development and emotional warmth.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
June 7, 2012
I have to give props to a movie that ascends from eccentricity to insanity without losing its footing.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
June 7, 2012
Despite a script co-written by Noah Baumbach, "Madagascar 3" can't upgrade its own shtick, becoming a craven example of a fast-buck, no-fun family film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
June 7, 2012
It's silly, and it's lazy. And yet, again, it's pretty funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
June 7, 2012
The movie zooms along at a clip so quick, it sometimes overwhelms.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
June 7, 2012
Deeply, engagingly weird.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
June 6, 2012
The story in Madagascar 3 is functional, but the antically civilized spirit is infectious.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 6, 2012
It has value only as a way to engage a very young viewer until his or her attention span expires.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
June 6, 2012
Marks the spot where a shrill and unfunny kid franchise made the leap into hilarious and engaging family entertainment.
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David Germain
Associated Press
June 5, 2012
The animation is grand, and the lovely images may be enough to send really young kids away happy. Their parents might leave feeling they've been taken in by some carny sleight-of-hand, though.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Sam Adams
Time Out
June 5, 2012
Madagscar 3 is less interested in plucking the last bit of meat off the series's bones than with simply picking the lowest-hanging fruit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Eric Hynes
Village Voice
June 5, 2012
Like a big-screen Big Gulp, this third installment of the billion-dollar animated franchise contains as much cinematic confection as an 85-minute movie can bear.
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
June 5, 2012
...off-kilter wit and smarts to an animated bestiary that keeps you laughing while eloquently re-defining where home is.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Justin Chang
Variety
May 18, 2012
This is the rare animated property that has consistently improved on its ho-hum origins.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
May 18, 2012
Yes, it's a cartoon, but it's conspicuously unmodulated, with the volume set on high and the pacing all but pushed to fast-forward.