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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 44%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Just enough to keep restless kiddies from wandering off into the wilds."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Real-life nature is presented as more exotic, detailed and deeply felt than any fantasy world."
‑ Miriam Bale, New York Times
"The kids' movie market is crowded with superior specimens; they'll eat Khumba alive."
‑ Charlotte O'Sullivan, This is London
"If it were a little worse then it might offer some mindless good fun."
‑ Donald Clarke, Irish Times
"A sweet and engaging story about bravery with a wise 'mother knows best' caveat."
‑ Emily Breen, HeyUGuys
"Khumba, despite being resoundingly terrible, will probably appeal to children in the same way that a Lucky Charms commercial or an inflatable bouncy castle would."
‑ Calum Marsh, Village Voice
"The animation is vibrant and the voice cast impressive... So it's a great shame that the animators and actors are let down by the meandering plot and trite dialogue."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"A dearth of new and interesting ideas characterises this stock animated caper with furry critters a-plenty."
‑ David Jenkins, Little White Lies
"Lovely animation and an abundance of comic relief should keep the tots engaged but this is not exactly The Lion King."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"This bright and frothy animated animal romp may well be rather familiar, but it still offers plenty of fun and enjoyment for the young ones."
‑ Mark Adams, Screen International
"Character movement occasionally has a stiff, disconnected quality, but the animators distinguish themselves with the weathered richness of their geographically unmistakable setting."
‑ Guy Lodge, Variety
"When this South African animated adventure embraces its unique setting and characters, it's visually stunning and a lot of fun."
‑ Rich Cline,
"Khumba isn't original - it's indebted in particular to The Lion King and Madagascar - but younger kids should enjoy the colourful safari."
‑ David Aldridge, Radio Times
"There's a pretty score of harmonic, Isicathamiya-influenced music, but this is a tedious time-killer for those desperate to keep kids occupied."
‑ Leslie Felperin, Guardian
"Everything is leftovers, from the lazy casting of dependable but typecast stars (Liam Neeson, Steve Buscemi), to a quest structure Robert McKee would dismiss as formulaic."
‑ Simon Kinnear, Total Film
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