Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. 90
    Intelligent, visually rich filmmaking.
  3. 90
    A drama of uncommon beauty and emotional resonance.
  4. 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.
  5. Duma, at its best, reminded me exactly why we loved movies as children: because they told stories like this, with images just as rhapsodically colorful and exciting.
  6. The same audience that loves "March of the Penguins" will eat up this beautifully told, gorgeously shot story of a grieving boy trying to return his pet cheetah to the wilds of South Africa.
  7. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    88
    This is precisely the kind of film that parents clamor for and rarely get: a substantive, stirring, Huck Finn-style saga that doesn't insult anyone's intelligence or mindlessly entertain with crass humor.
  8. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    88
    An exquisitely filmed, emotionally transfixing epic about a white South African boy's journey to return his pet cheetah to the wild.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. May 31, 2014
    9
    Ballard brings cheetahs, making "Duma" is not only human-animal uncommon friendship, but also a all-age fable and an old-fashioned adventure tale with wilderness and beautiful panoramic African scenery. If you're a animal film lovers and you should see this film then. Full Review »
  2. Dec 2, 2012
    0
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  3. [Anonymous]
    Apr 29, 2008
    10
    Very gripping, great story about a movie about a cheetah about stuff.