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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]
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: 45 out of 71
  2. Negative: 13 out of 71
  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. Nov 15, 2013
    8
    A delightful ploy of city animals desperately attempting to get back home, 'Madagascar' has a sort of panache that most animation films try toA delightful ploy of city animals desperately attempting to get back home, 'Madagascar' has a sort of panache that most animation films try to have, but fail. All the animals are fun and hilarious, significantly the penguins. I don't see why this film is an average. It's a charming spectacle. Expand
  4. Dec 29, 2013
    6
    "Madagascar" is silly and funny at the beginning, and starts getting strangely annoying and dull as it draws nearer to the end. I would"Madagascar" is silly and funny at the beginning, and starts getting strangely annoying and dull as it draws nearer to the end. I would recommend this film for kids, but for adults, it would be alright but you'll probably forget it in a couple of days. Expand
  5. Oct 23, 2011
    5
    Now, in "Madagascar", Dream Works presents their homemade movie formula of "15% story and 85% fun". It may be amusing for the kids that haveNow, in "Madagascar", Dream Works presents their homemade movie formula of "15% story and 85% fun". It may be amusing for the kids that have pure, honest hearts, but for the adults the film's baffling and confusing. Expand
  6. Dec 18, 2012
    5
    Solid voice acting, but its story is too simplistic. Simply fails at being entertaining throughout, even with its short length. Bland animatedSolid voice acting, but its story is too simplistic. Simply fails at being entertaining throughout, even with its short length. Bland animated feature. Expand
  7. AlisonR.
    Jan 1, 2006
    0
    Insufferable.

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