Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 36
  2. Negative: 2 out of 36
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  1. Forget life lessons: I much prefer a lemur king doing the robot.
  2. Madagascar doesn't do much, except make you laugh. All hail such a minimalist approach.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    63
    Antic, cute, scattershot, it's a remarkable-looking but terribly uncertain bit of CGI fluff, with its richest humor off to the sides of the action and a whole lot of average in the middle.
  4. The animals' personalities have been carefully calibrated: They have sufficient edge to amuse us as characters, yet they're cuddly enough to market as plush toys or action figures.
  5. 63
    Madagascar is funny, especially at the beginning, and good-looking in a retro cartoon way, but in a world where the stakes have been raised by "Finding Nemo," "Shrek" and "The Incredibles," it's a throwback to a more conventional kind of animated entertainment. It'll be fun for the smaller kids, but there's not much crossover appeal for their parents.
  6. It's bright and spry, giggly and bouncy, but also cuddly with occasional touches of cruelty--a movie in which best friends, when let loose in the wild, suddenly realize one's a little higher on the food chain.
  7. Dishes up some very corny jokes, but the images have a brighter-than-life vivacity.
  8. Madagascar is a classical gas. It's a good-humored, pleasant confection that has all kinds of relaxed fun bringing computer-animated savvy to the old-fashioned world of Looney Tunes cartoons.
  9. 63
    Often feels like a cartoon that wishes it were live action.
  10. This slight and amusing 'toon is mostly a trip designed for the kiddie crowd to take in.
  11. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    75
    It's a brisk and lively getaway with genuine personality.
  12. 63
    Eventually, it had to happen: a computer-animated dud.
  13. Madagascar isn't deep and would have no business being deep. But that it keeps one foot in reality is enough to keep us guessing.
  14. It could be more involving, but it's funny enough that you won't care.
  15. 70
    The tenor can be shrill, but there's no time to get bored. And on top of that, most of the gags actually work.
  16. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    70
    Savvy family entertainment.
  17. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    75
    The thin story, which sometimes feels like a series of one-liners strung together, is wisely kept short. But the gags are funny and the characters endearing.
  18. 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.
User Score
6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 205 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 76
  2. Negative: 14 out of 76
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. 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!
  3. 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. Full Review »