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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
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  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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  1. Positive: 70 out of 75
  2. Negative: 0 out of 75
  1. IrinaB.
    Mar 4, 2009
    10
    I loved Kung Fu Panda. I am an old school martial arts fanatic--used to watch the movies with my dad. This meets all of the criteria of a martial arts film like Lord of the Wu tang (unlikely hero becomes Kung Fu Master by chance), has the visuals of a "Hero" or "Crouching Tiger", and has the heart of Disney (yes, I said it). When I went to the theater to see it all of the children there loved it and my two reasons for living came out wanting to learn Kung Fu. I think the haters out there just don't like or "get" Jack Black, because really I see no other reason they could dislike this film. 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. keithw.
    Jun 7, 2008
    9
    I was pleasantly surprised by this movie.I was outvoted,so I went expecting over the topedness{sic} from the voice of Jack .B.He was, but in a good way.The nearly painted animation was done well very crisp,and fluid. 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. JacobL.
    Jun 22, 2008
    8
    Kung Fu Panda is awesome. The action scenes are great. Jack Black will make you laugh your head off. So if your worried that just because this is kids movie that it will be as bad as can be rest assured that Kung Fu Panda will blow you away. Expand
  6. May 25, 2012
    8
    This is definitely a great movie. I love the story, it's very clear and interesting. The graphics were great so it has visual impact to viewers. Definitely, one of Dreamworks' best........... Expand
  7. RyanC.
    Jun 4, 2008
    4
    Typical Dreamworks animation fare - formulaic, unoriginal, uninspired. Don't waste your money.

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