Madagascar (2005)

Four zoo animals are shipped back to their homeland by an animal rights group that feels they belong in the wild. When the ship capsizes, the animals find themselves stranded in Madagascar. Having had humans care for them their entire life,… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: May 27, 2005
DVD Release Date: November 15, 2005
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Critic Score: 55% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though its story is problematic in spots and its humor is hit-or-miss for the adult crowd, Madagascar boasts impressive visuals and enough spunky charm to keep children entertained.

Derek Adams
Time Out

Boring and bedraggled.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Lacking any meat on its bones, ['Madagascar'] is a cartoon about nothing. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Very much in the tradition of Looney Tunes and Termite Terrace.

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Erin Clements
Time Out

Lame scatalogical gags and worn pop-culture parodies abound, but the CGI animation romp is somewhat redeemed by the scene-stealing appearances of several supporting characters.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

It paints itself into a very bizarre corner because at first, they are all friends and then all of a sudden they revert to being more like real animals. How do you do that and make it funny? Well, you don't.

Cole Smithey

A foursome of digitally animated zoo animals escape the inner city confines of Manhattan's Central Park Zoo in search of freedom that's not be all it's cracked up to be in this well-defined children's comedy.

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Tasha Robinson
AV Club

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

Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

Madagascar is great good fun, not only because the filmmakers have enlisted some wonderful voice talent but also because the visuals truly are marvelous.

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Steve Biodrowski

The character design is ugly; the main characters are often annoying; the humor is generally weak; and the computer-generated animation is often soulless.

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Flixster Audience Score: 66% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
A mediocre CGI animation that was clearly conceived to please children and children only yet no one cared to make it remotely interesting for adults as well,… More
Eric Shankle
I tell ya, those penguins sure are funny. This film is alright. Don't really understand the character arc with Alex, but they do the best with what they… More
KJ Proulx
Over the years some films begin to deterierate and lose their flare they once had. As so many Dreamworks film have done now (proven their worth),… More
Everett Johnson
Odd animation, good music, great voice cast, and a decent story make for a good modern animated classic. "Madagascar" may not be a "Shrek"… More
Phil Hubbs
Dreamworks hit back with an animated tale about lovable zoo animals trying to escape to the wild. Always one step behind the mighty Pixar this feature seemed to… More
Candy Rose
Funny animation about zoo animals who escape and get shipwrecked on a desert island. I love the penguins.