Madagascar

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  • Summary: When a group of animals from New York's Central Park Zoo wash ashore on the exotic island of Madagascar, they must figure out how to survive in the wild and discover the true meaning of the phrase "It's a jungle out there." [DreamWorks]
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 36
  2. Negative: 2 out of 36
  1. Dishes up some very corny jokes, but the images have a brighter-than-life vivacity.
  2. 80
    Despite Madagascar's formulaic tendencies, it's a formula that works, so parents are urged to sit back, relax and enjoy -- the kids surely will.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    75
    It's a brisk and lively getaway with genuine personality.
  4. Reviewed by: Ian Freer
    60
    Spirited, amiable, featherweight summer fun.
  5. It's frustrating to see this wonderful-looking, laugh-out-loud funny survival tale fall short of its potential.
  6. The plot really is basic, so the bafflement of the movie lies in its combination of visual riches and dramatic -- as well as thematic -- impoverishment.
  7. The animation is deft but the screenplay is stilted, the voice-performances are unimaginative, and the whole project is surprisingly clumsy in its efforts to please young and old alike. A major disappointment.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 76
  2. Negative: 14 out of 76
  1. RamiW.
    Jun 3, 2006
    10
    the lemurs are so funny i cracked up laughing and dancing about that song so everybody stop giving this movie a low score and MOVE IT!
  2. mememem.
    Nov 1, 2005
    10
    Very funny.
  3. Mar 13, 2015
    8
    Pretty funny, and all voices are perfect. The best characters by far are the penguins. They have the best lines, the creepiest voices, and arePretty funny, and all voices are perfect. The best characters by far are the penguins. They have the best lines, the creepiest voices, and are just so darn entertaining! Expand
  4. Sam
    Nov 4, 2006
    6
    Yes, Madagascar can be funny at times, but it lacks the wit and charm of Shrek, its sequel, and Over the Hedge. But at least it's an Yes, Madagascar can be funny at times, but it lacks the wit and charm of Shrek, its sequel, and Over the Hedge. But at least it's an improvement over the disatrous Shark Tale. Expand
  5. Jul 23, 2015
    6
    Great animation! DreamWorks and Nickelodeon made one of the most famous animated features of our generation! I haven't seen the other twoGreat animation! DreamWorks and Nickelodeon made one of the most famous animated features of our generation! I haven't seen the other two parts yet though Expand
  6. Jul 5, 2013
    5
    "Madagascar" uses most of its humor on animals doing things that humans do, and while its okay, its quite dragging. The film is overall fun"Madagascar" uses most of its humor on animals doing things that humans do, and while its okay, its quite dragging. The film is overall fun and somehow enjoying, but its pop culture references are tiresome with... well, all Dreamwork Animation films. New characters have moments of shine especially the penguins, and while it plot lacks nearly any clever ideas, its humor can almost, but not quite, help it pass on by. Expand
  7. AlisonR.
    Jan 1, 2006
    0
    Insufferable.

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