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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
    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
    A nice looking but heavily formulaic DreamWorks animation entry.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 69 out of 74
  2. Negative: 0 out of 74
  1. IrinaB.
    Mar 4, 2009
    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
    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. JoeP.
    Jun 7, 2008
    Very Funny! The main character had depth and was very entertaining. A must see!
  4. Nov 18, 2010
    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. MatthewB.
    Jun 10, 2008
    This is a very good movie: it's funny and has a compelling plot. The characters are all very likable and I think kids would like it a lot. It definitely isn't just another cookie cutter animated movie about talking animals and does some fairly original things. Expand
  6. Dec 27, 2011
    "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...
  7. RyanC.
    Jun 4, 2008
    Typical Dreamworks animation fare - formulaic, unoriginal, uninspired. Don't waste your money.

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