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Madagascar Reviews



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Release Date :

May 27, 2005

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Director :

Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath

Starring :

Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett Smith, David Schwimmer, Adam Del Rio, Chris Miller

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  4 of 5 [Rate It]

2.5 of 4

“..will likely hold the attention of kids more firmly than adults..”
by James Berardinelli [ReelViews]
3 of 4

“..the perfect holiday outing for families..”
by Kim Williamson [Boxoffice Magazine]
2.5 of 4

“..the first real computer animated failure..”
by Jack Moore [The Movie Insider]
2.5 of 4

“..nonetheless fails to approximate rival CGI cartoon house Pixar's trademark mix of hilarity and poignancy...”
by Nick Schager [Slant Magazine]
3 of 4

“..Madagascar delivers the goods..”
by Kit Bowen [Hollywood]
3 of 5

“..just a pretty good movie..”
by Pete Croatto [Filmcritic]
3 of 4

“..is somewhere between the best and the rest..”
by Duane Dudek [The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel]
2 of 4

“..is juvenile and deeply generic..”
by Peter Travers [Rolling Stone]
2.5 of 4

“..is just funny, brightly animated and manic enough to keep most young audiences in their seats..”
by Jeff Vice [Deseret News, Salt Lake City]
4 of 5

“..Highly recommended for kids and adults...”
by Paul Arendt [BBC Films]
3 of 4

“..has dazzling, detailed animation...but the story skews younger than its DreamWorks predecessors..”
by Barbara Vancheri [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
4 of 5

“..fresh, inventive and a wonder to behold..”
by Andrea Chase [Killer Movie Reviews]
7 of 10

“..Clever and fun..”
by Avril Carruthers [Movie-Vault]
2 of 4

“..an ill-conceived mess that plays like two movies awkwardly spliced together..”
by Jack Mathews [New York Daily News]
4.5 of 5

“..a routine story enlivened by location, color, exotic landscapes and a cascade of comic flourishes..”
by Sean Axmaker [Seattle Post-Intelligencer]
4 of 5

“..a funny movie..”
by David McDougall [Chart Magazine]
7 of 10

“..a fun family movie that both kids and adults could enjoy...”
by Scott Chitwood [Comingsoon]
2 of 5

“..a film that, visually, is quite colorful and lively, but what?s underneath is bland, uninventive, and downright dull...”
by David Cornelius [EFilmCritic]
3 of 5

“..a brisk and lively getaway with genuine personality..”
by Peter Debruge [Premiere Magazine]
7 of 10
Reviewed by Jeffrey Chen [Window to the Movies]
4.5 of 5
Reviewed by Alexis Tuminello [The Cinema Source]
4.5 of 5
Reviewed by Philip Wuntch [The Dallas Morning News]
4.5 of 5
Reviewed by Owen Gleiberman [Entertainment Weekly]
4 of 5
Reviewed by Bruce Kirkland [Jam! Movies]
4 of 4
Reviewed by Bruce Westbrook [Houston Chronicle]
4 of 5
Reviewed by [The Movie Chicks]
4 of 5
Reviewed by Peter Beary [The Trades]
4 of 5
Reviewed by Rebecca Murray [About]
3.5 of 5
Reviewed by Robert Denerstein [Denver Rocky Mountain News]
3.5 of 5
Reviewed by Kimberley Jones [Austin Chronicle]
3 of 4
Reviewed by Sara M. Fetters [MovieFreak]
3 of 5
Reviewed by Bill Muller [The Arizona Republic]
3 of 4
Reviewed by Ed Blank [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]
3 of 4
Reviewed by Glenn Whipp [L.A. Daily News]
3 of 4
Reviewed by Jeff Wilser [Latino Review]
3 of 5
Reviewed by Jeff Farance [The Daytona Beach News-Journal]
2.5 of 4
Reviewed by Hanh Nguyen [Zap2it]
2.5 of 5
Reviewed by Eric Lurio [Greenwich Village Gazette]
2 of 4
Reviewed by Sarah Chauncey [Reel]
2 of 4
Reviewed by Terry Lawson [Detroit Free Press]
2 of 4
Reviewed by Daniel Neman [Richmond Times-Dispatch]
2 of 4
Reviewed by Allison Benedikt [Chicago Tribune]
1.5 of 5
Reviewed by Jeffrey "The Vile One" Harris [Hybridmagazine]
Reviewed by Jim Lane [Sacramento News & Review]
Reviewed by Paul Clinton [CNN Showbiz]
Reviewed by Jean Lowerison [San Diego Metropolitan]
Reviewed by Michael Rechtshaffen [The Hollywood Reporter]
Reviewed by Travis Mackenzie Hoover [Exclaim!]

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