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 connects you to the beauteous inner calm of the wild, even if audiences today are looking for a lot less calm.
  2. Ballard filmed across hundreds of miles of South African desert, and there are times when the whole throbbing universe seems to resound for him.
  3. 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.
  4. Duma is not a masterpiece, but its deficits recede into insignificance once you open yourself to the movie's mystery and visual splendor.
  5. 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.
  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. A soulful, piercingly beautiful story.
  8. 70
    The cheetah is the star in Duma, and no one directs animals more convincingly than Ballard, who knows better than anyone how to integrate patchwork nature shots into narrative action. Too bad the two-legged talking animals aren't as compelling this time out.
  9. 80
    This is superior family entertainment--warm, thoughtful, and connected to the landscape.
  10. 90
    Intelligent, visually rich filmmaking.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 90
    A drama of uncommon beauty and emotional resonance.
  15. 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.
  16. A superior adventure film with a poetic heart.
  17. 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.
  18. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    63
    A pleasing fable reminiscent of G-rated nature movies of the '60s and '70s, before kiddie cinema required CGI or hip cultural references.
  19. 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."
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.