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Zoo animals leave the comforts of man-made habitats for exotic adventure in this animated family film. After escaping from the zoo, four friends -- a lion, a hippo, a zebra and a giraffe -- are sent back to Africa. When their ship capsizes, stranding them on Madagascar, an island populated by crazy critters, the pals must adapt to jungle life and their new roles as wild animals.

Actors: Christopher Knights , Tom McGrath , Andy Richter , Cedric the Entertainer , Paco León , Sacha Baron Cohen , Jada Pinkett Smith , David Schwimmer , Chris Rock , Ben Stiller
Directors: Eric Darnell , Tom McGrath
Country: USA
Release: 2005-05-27
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  • Owen Gleiberman

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

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • 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.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Sean Axmaker

    It could be more involving, but it's funny enough that you won't care.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Robert Wilonsky

    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.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    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.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    Forget life lessons: I much prefer a lemur king doing the robot.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Steven Rea

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

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • 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.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • 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.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    It's a brisk and lively getaway with genuine personality.

    Premiere Full Review
  • Chris Kaltenbach

    Madagascar doesn't do much, except make you laugh. All hail such a minimalist approach.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Tasha Robinson

    The tenor can be shrill, but there's no time to get bored. And on top of that, most of the gags actually work.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    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.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    Savvy family entertainment.

    Time Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    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.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Often feels like a cartoon that wishes it were live action.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • 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.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Eventually, it had to happen: a computer-animated dud.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Michael Rechtshaffen

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

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Angel Cohn

    Slickly animated and cleverly written.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Ian Freer

    Spirited, amiable, featherweight summer fun.

    Empire Full Review
  • Michael Atkinson

    Madagascar's relaxed density is a relief given the DreamWorks tendency to overbear, overblast, and overcaricaturize.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Dennis Harvey

    Pleasant, if mediocre family fare.

    Variety Full Review
  • 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.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Allison Benedikt

    The film never gets going. It's too slow and plodding for kids--even too obvious.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • 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.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    More than a few will agree with the penguins, who netted the film a PG rating with the utterance, "Well, this sucks."

    New York Post Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    Credit Madagascar with negotiating a hopeful truce in the ongoing battle between the computer and the animation. Judged merely by appearances, its look is a lovely compromise. Too bad everything else has been compromised right out of existence.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Shawn Levy

    By and large it's formulaic and dull.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • David Denby

    Often quite beautiful. But Madagascar, which was directed by Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath, is mismanaged pretty much from start to finish.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum

    The whole thing feels throwaway, but some of the gags are funny.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    Madagascar arouses no sense of wonder, except insofar as you wonder, as you watch it, how so much talent, technical skill and money could add up to so little.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    The underwhelming, only fitfully amusing movie left me hungry for more.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • David Sterritt

    The animation is deft but the screenplay is stilted, the voice-performances are unimaginative, and the whole project is surprisingly clumsy in its efforts to please young and old alike. A major disappointment.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • 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.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
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