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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. 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. Expand
  2. Dec 2, 2012
    0
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