(2005)

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Metascore

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91
Entertainment Weekly
Dishes up some very corny jokes, but the images have a brighter-than-life vivacity.
88
Charlotte Observer
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.
75
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.
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.
75
Philadelphia Inquirer
This slight and amusing 'toon is mostly a trip designed for the kiddie crowd to take in.
75
Premiere
It's a brisk and lively getaway with genuine personality.
75
Madagascar doesn't do much, except make you laugh. All hail such a minimalist approach.
60
The Hollywood Reporter
It's frustrating to see this wonderful-looking, laugh-out-loud funny survival tale fall short of its potential.
50
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.
50
Wall Street Journal
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.
50
New York Daily News
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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