Kung Fu Panda
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A clumsy panda bear becomes an unlikely kung fu hero when a treacherous enemy spreads chaos throughout the countryside in this animated martial arts adventure featuring the voices of Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, and Jackie Chan. On the surface, Po (voice of Black) may look like just another portly panda bear, but beneath his fur he bears the mark of the chosen one. By day, Po works faithfully in his family's noodle shop, but by night he dreams of becoming a true master of the martial arts. Now an ancient prophecy has come to pass, and Po realizes that he is the only one who… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The animation work is dazzling; it's lovingly detailed without being overdone (particularly the opening sequence, which is hand-drawn and looks like prints struck from ancient woodblocks)."
‑ Bruce Diones, New Yorker
"Hands down the most visually striking of DreamWorks Animation's releases, this lively CGI comedy is tailor-made for Jack Black."
‑ Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
"When the kids are happy and I get to watch a Jack Black kung fu movie, that's good enough for me."
‑ Josh Jackson, Paste Magazine
"Kung Fu Panda is hugely entertaining, gorgeously animated and expertly cast, with Jack Black and Dustin Hoffman doing some of their best work in recent memory (no joke)."
‑ Jeff Meyers, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"Kung Fu Panda is a colourful, extremely enjoyable if workmanlike animated romp."
‑ Simon Reynolds, Digital Spy
"As the credits roll, the film's many flaws come sharply into focus. But while it lasts, Kung-Fu Panda is something of a guilty treat."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"The aphorisms creak. The plot's an open book. But all of those clichés are part of the joke in this ebullient ursine coming-of-age tale about a humble panda destined for greatness."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"Supporting characters (including Jolie, who is wasted as a tiger) are pallid, and the fight scenes disproportionately long, as if the filmmakers figure the young boys most likely to see Panda are just as action-happy as their dads."
‑ Leah Rozen, People Magazine
"This beautifully designed, cherry blossom-hued cartoon is brighter, breezier and bouncier than most."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"The thin script (light on length and surprise, heavy on tike-pleasing jokes and action) gives the ancillary anthropomorphized animals so little to say, you'll hardly recognize Angelina Jolie's Tigress or even Jackie Chan's Monkey."
‑ Brett Michel, Boston Phoenix
"Manages to entertain and dazzle, and parents won't beat themselves up for sitting through it, although what it teaches could fit on a fortune cookie."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"The action tends to blur into a whirlwind of slapstick chaos."
‑ Tom Charity, CNN.com
"A decent bridge before the wonder of WALL-E, Kung Fu Panda will thrill kids and fight nuts alike. Shame the big names are underused and there's nothing particularly new."
‑ , Total Film
"An energetic and surprisingly colorful family adventure tale that trumps formula through sheer force of personality."
‑ Brent Simon, Shared Darkness
"A vast improvement over such previous DreamWorks dreck as Shark Tale and the Shrek flicks"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
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