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  • Summary: Enthusiastic, big and a little clumsy, Po is the biggest fan of Kung Fu around…which doesn’t exactly come in handy while working every day in his family’s noodle shop. Unexpectedly chosen to fulfill an ancient prophecy, Po’s dreams become reality when he joins the world of Kung Fu and studies alongside his idols—the legendary fighters Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Viper and Monkey—under the leadership of their guru, Master Shifu. But before they know it, the vengeful and treacherous snow leopard Tai Lung is headed their way, and it’s up to Po to defend everyone from the oncoming threat. Can he turn his dreams of becoming a Kung Fu master into reality? Po puts his heart-and his girth-into the task, and the unlikely hero ultimately finds that his greatest weaknesses turn out to be his greatest strengths. (Dreamworks) Expand
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  1. Positive: 28 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. Light and goofy, yet the fight scenes, which are the heart of the film, are lickety-split mad fun.
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    90
    The new picture provides a master coursed in cunning visual art and ultra-satisfying entertainment.
  3. It's not an instant classic, but it's imaginatively drawn, full of charming characters, alive with action sequences and blissfully free of the snickering scatology and endless pop-culture references.
  4. 75
    This movie leaves 'em laughing - and gasping.
  5. 75
    Beautifully animated, the celebrity voice performances are terrific, and the action sequences negotiate the fine line between being physically convincing and becoming too intense for the young children.
  6. Tongue-in-cheek dialogue, inventive slapstick and fight sequences, and luminous production design make this a treat.
  7. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    50
    A nice looking but heavily formulaic DreamWorks animation entry.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 66 out of 71
  2. Negative: 0 out of 71
  1. Aug 15, 2011
    10
    This movie was very interesting for me.The main character is very unique character. At the end of this movie , He became very strong , but he was also fan. Expand
  2. Nov 13, 2011
    10
    Kung Fu Panda has great visuals, but the real reason for Kung Fu Panda being so awesome is that the story is great and Po the panda is among the best animated characters ever. Expand
  3. Jun 2, 2011
    9
    Easily one of the best animated pictures of recent times with excellent voice talent, a solid and touching script, and a main character that we all can relate to. The film is also beautifully scored by Hans Zimmer, and at many times, the score drives the emotional and energetic levity. One of my favorites! Expand
  4. Nov 18, 2010
    9
    One of dreamwork's best. I got a karate kid feel from this. Jack Black was perfect for this role. I was laughing alot also. its a perfect family movie
  5. Dec 27, 2011
    8
    "Kung Fu Panda" - 1 Line(ish) review! B+!

    Very cool animation style, good for kids and "adults", Jack Black is great - some of the other high
    priced "voice talent" seemed a bit of a waste though. And I don't know how I feel about people saying that Po reminds them of me...

    http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/kung_fu_panda/
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  6. Mar 1, 2014
    8
    A great family movie, as well as engaging as a story itself, Kung Fu Panda is well-executed, has great animation, and features beautiful shots of gardens, palaces, and mountains in China. Expand
  7. Oct 11, 2010
    4
    I really had high hopes for this movie, especially when I heard Jack Black and Jackie Chan were in it. Unfortunately, I was really disappointed with the movie. With the exception of Po and Shifu, all the characters, especially the furious five, were one-dimensional. Lame plot, and I barely got to hear Jackie Chan! And now they're making a sequel? DreamWorks, unless you make this sequel your "Dark Knight", you won't be seeing me watching Kung Fu Panda 2. Expand

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