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Universal acclaim- based on 26 Ratings

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  • Summary: Set in the exotic country of South Africa, Duma tells the powerful adventure tale of an unbreakable bond of friendship between a cheetah named Duma and a courageous young boy named Xan. (Warner Bros.)
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Ballard filmed across hundreds of miles of South African desert, and there are times when the whole throbbing universe seems to resound for him.
  2. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    90
    A superior all-ages adventure pic made by a filmmaker who knows more than a thing or two about the genre.
  3. 90
    A drama of uncommon beauty and emotional resonance.
  4. Documentary makers struggle for this effect -- a feeling for the land that is both grand and unsentimental. The makers of Duma, a fable fit for children, have found it.
  5. A newcomer to film, Michaletos grew up on a farm with cheetahs, so he can act natural around the animals while making this Huck Finn-like character more than credible.
  6. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    80
    It's rich, but slow, and children younger than eight (like mine) might get restless. But this big kid was lost in admiration.
  7. Reviewed by: Ben Kenigsberg
    60
    Duma turns out to be surprisingly flat, with little of the child's-eye imagery that gave "The Black Stallion" its poetic thrust and too much of the narrative gear-grinding that grounded stretches of "Fly Away Home."

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. henrya.
    Oct 4, 2005
    10
    A simply amazing movie. One of the best I've seen in a long while. If there was a dry eye in the house as the final, beautiful scene scrolled by over the narration, I would have eaten my hat. Expand
  2. C.Carol
    Sep 16, 2005
    10
    Astonishing movie beautiful story, scenery, acting All animal lovers should see this movie.
  3. [Anonymous]
    Apr 29, 2008
    10
    Very gripping, great story about a movie about a cheetah about stuff.
  4. Drew
    May 27, 2006
    10
    Jaw-Dropping Scenic shots of South African landscapes only matched with a hart-felt story between a boy and his cheetah. I tear jerker to say the least. Expand
  5. Eldon
    Jun 14, 2006
    10
    This is a movie about what it means to move into the mystery of life. It's a movie about growing up, healilng, hope. It's about the power of relationship, ALL relationships. And a seemless relationship between a boy and a cheetah... ? The power of love, peace and harmony instinctually resides in the heart of all creatures. This movie illustrates that we are all one, even with animals. Yes! The creators of this film worked "real world" magic. It's one of the most beautiful movies I've ever seen. Bravo! Expand
  6. ScottP.
    Oct 30, 2006
    10
    Incredible story and film. Best movie I've seen in years.
  7. Dec 2, 2012
    0
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