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Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Reviews

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Derek Adams
Time Out
December 5, 2008
This is one of those rare occasions where the sequel is better than the original - but only by a whisker.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 10, 2008
The sequel, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, is a better film, though -- less manic, more easygoing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
November 10, 2008
This is great. I loved it.
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
November 10, 2008
This is a really funny movie.
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David Germain
Associated Press
November 7, 2008
With so many characters to cram in and not much for many of them to do, Escape 2 Africa ends up a choppy, episodic affair.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 7, 2008
A by-the-numbers follow-up to the highly successful 2005 feature that was no great shakes to begin with.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 7, 2008
Whenever we move away from their scenes -- sharp and quickly edited -- the film slows a bit. Whenever we skip to one of the main characters learning yet another life lesson, the fun begins to fade.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 7, 2008
One reason to lament the existence of Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is too bemoan the considerable amount of talent that was tied up developing this uninspired sequel when it could have been employed in the service of something fresh and new.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
November 7, 2008
The animation is sharp, and whenever things start to get confusing, a penguin or lemur comes onscreen and does something really funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
November 7, 2008
Happily, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is a worthy follow-up that builds on its predecessor's successes and adds to them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
November 7, 2008
The roots are shallow, but the sequel is good-natured, high-spirited and perfectly enjoyable if you take it for what it is.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
November 7, 2008
Fans of the first Madagascar will find much to enjoy in Escape 2 Africa.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
November 7, 2008
It has everything Madagascar had three years ago, but also two things the original was woefully lacking: a good yarn and genuine yuks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
November 7, 2008
Surprise, surprise, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is the rare sequel that is better than the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 7, 2008
While Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa may offer hope to inter-species romance enthusiasts, for most adults it will simply serve as a way to keep the kids occupied.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
November 7, 2008
Emotionally and visually richer than its 2005 original.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
November 7, 2008
It's bad enough when sequels repeat the plot of their original movie. But it's serious chutzpah when the sequel cribs key plot points of another movie, as Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa does with The Lion King.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
November 7, 2008
Lessons about family loyalty, tolerance, ingenuity, and sacrifice add depth to the screenplay by Etan Cohen and directors Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath.
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Janice Page
Boston Globe
November 7, 2008
If you own a TV, you will have heard the best laughs excerpted in unrelenting commercials leading up to the movie's release.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
November 7, 2008
The first Madagascar was surprisingly enjoyable, thanks to high energy and playfully dark material, but the returning writing-directing crew doesn't seem nearly as invested this time around.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2008
This mediocre sequel to the 2005 DreamWorks Animation hit doesn't offer much to engage minds that have moved beyond coloring books.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
November 6, 2008
There's a generally more diverting entertainment waddling along the edges of Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa than the larger one lollygagging on screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 6, 2008
Though it doesn't add anything new to the genre, Madagascar 2 is amusing animated fare.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
November 6, 2008
There's not enough of the first movie's super-erudite monkeys. Yet the sitcom-style silliness is still there.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 6, 2008
Take the flat tire that was Madagascar. Retread it with The Lion King storyline. Pump it up with air. Now you have Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
November 6, 2008
Typical tale of self-discovery, punctuated by genuine hilarity and top-flight animation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 6, 2008
This is a brighter, more engaging film than the original Madagascar.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
November 6, 2008
Although there are some inspired bits, too often the movie takes what worked well in small doses in the original and beats them to death in the sequel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 5, 2008
The animation shows glossy improvement from the original Madagascar, with nature and the neo-natural animals even more detailed than ever. But the knock on Dreamworks' animation style -- that it's entirely too talky -- rings true here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 5, 2008
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is pretty tame, but it knows how to keep its own turf tidy.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Anna King
Time Out
November 5, 2008
You can't fault DreamWorks for including what Disney's animated tales conspicuously leave out -- gags pitched at adults. Plus, the CGI has improved since the first film, with animal fur being ruffled in all the right places.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
November 5, 2008
Funniest movie of '08? Close enough, for those who don't mind monkeying around.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
November 3, 2008
Cartoons can get away with being serviceable and skillful without much creativity since they have an endlessly renewing audience. Mad 2 surfs along on such waves, entertaining youngsters while mildly amusing adults.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
November 3, 2008
A notable improvement on its predecessor in every department.