(2005)

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Metascore

Based on 36 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
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.
80
Dallas Observer
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.
63
ReelViews
Eventually, it had to happen: a computer-animated dud.
60
It's frustrating to see this wonderful-looking, laugh-out-loud funny survival tale fall short of its potential.
60
Variety
Pleasant, if mediocre family fare.
60
Village Voice
Madagascar's relaxed density is a relief given the DreamWorks tendency to overbear, overblast, and overcaricaturize.
50
Often quite beautiful. But Madagascar, which was directed by Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath, is mismanaged pretty much from start to finish.
50
Chicago Tribune
The film never gets going. It's too slow and plodding for kids--even too obvious.
40
L.A. Weekly
Anemic.

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