(2005)

Critic Reviews

82

Metascore

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90
Variety
A superior all-ages adventure pic made by a filmmaker who knows more than a thing or two about the genre.
90
Salon.com
Intelligent, visually rich filmmaking.
88
Chicago Tribune
Duma, at its best, reminded me exactly why we loved movies as children: because they told stories like this, with images just as rhapsodically colorful and exciting.
88
An astonishing film.
80
A newcomer to film, Michaletos grew up on a farm with cheetahs, so he can act natural around the animals while making this Huck Finn-like character more than credible.
80
Wall Street Journal
Duma is not a masterpiece, but its deficits recede into insignificance once you open yourself to the movie's mystery and visual splendor.
80
Chicago Reader
This is superior family entertainment--warm, thoughtful, and connected to the landscape.
75
Entertainment Weekly
Ballard connects you to the beauteous inner calm of the wild, even if audiences today are looking for a lot less calm.
70
The A.V. Club
The cheetah is the star in Duma, and no one directs animals more convincingly than Ballard, who knows better than anyone how to integrate patchwork nature shots into narrative action. Too bad the two-legged talking animals aren't as compelling this time out.
60
Village Voice
Duma turns out to be surprisingly flat, with little of the child's-eye imagery that gave "The Black Stallion" its poetic thrust and too much of the narrative gear-grinding that grounded stretches of "Fly Away Home."

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