91

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Dishes up some very corny jokes, but the images have a brighter-than-life vivacity.
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88

Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
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.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
This slight and amusing 'toon is mostly a trip designed for the kiddie crowd to take in.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
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.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
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.
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
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.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
It's frustrating to see this wonderful-looking, laugh-out-loud funny survival tale fall short of its potential.
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50

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Less like "Shrek," meaning hilarious and heartfelt, and more like "Shark Tale," meaning manic and exhausting, Madagascar will keep kids distracted without transporting them to wonderland.
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50

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
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.
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50

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Looks stunning, but it's an ill-conceived mess that plays like two movies awkwardly spliced together. In one movie, parents are asked to stand by while the kids are entertained with cute animal tricks and slapstick pratfalls. In the other, the kids will be hushed while the parents are treated to inside jokes.
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57 out of 100
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