Kung Fu Panda Reviews

  • Just about all animated movies teach you to Believe in Yourself, but the image of a face-stuffing panda-turned-yowling Bruce Lee dervish is as unlikely, and touching, an advertisement for that message as we've seen in quite some time.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • At once fuzzy-wuzzy and industrial strength, the tacky-sounding Kung Fu Panda is high concept with a heart.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • This Panda delivers a cuddle more than a thump.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • Everything that happens in this dull tale of Po, a paunchy panda who becomes a zealous kung fu fighter, is telegraphed well in advance.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • This computer-animated DreamWorks film is infectious and inspiring, despite one's best efforts to resist its charms.

    John Anderson — Washington Post

  • Kung Fu Panda illustrates the dilemma CGI movies find themselves in: They're suspended on a rickety bridge between product and moviemaking, and the boards of our interest are beginning to rot away.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • This is an unashamedly old-fashioned children's movie, and a predictable message is part of the mission. But that's okay; what the movie lacks in surprises, it makes up for in whimsical fun

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • The film settles into a succession of ritual spoofs of the kung fu genre, and peddles the sort of cloying preachments about self-esteem and human potential -- panda potential -- that little kids hear all the time on TV.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • The aphorisms creak. The plot's an open book. But all of those cliches are part of the joke in this ebullient ursine coming-of-age tale about a humble panda destined for greatness.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • The kung fu scenes overflow with crisp, thrilling and funny moments that whiz by in the 88-minute run time.

    Nancy Churnin — Dallas Morning News

  • With loads of laugh lines, Kung Fu Panda plays with the ying- yang tension of sincerity and irreverance. And it never shirks a popcorn tenet: kernels of wisdom must be tasty.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • It's elegantly drawn, the action sequences are packed with energy, and it's short enough that older viewers will be forgiving. For the kids, of course, all this stuff is much of a muchness, and here they go again.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Everything about Kung Fu Panda is a little better, a little sharper, a little funnier than the animated run of the mill. It's one of the few comedies of 2008 that knows what it's doing.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • 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

  • While its storyline might seem familiar (in fact, very familiar if you've seen the recent live-action Jackie Chan/Jet Li hit, The Forbidden Kingdom), there's enough invention and irreverence to make the film feel fresh.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • The nicest surprise about Kung Fu Panda is that it's so much better than the goofy-cutesy title would lead you to expect.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Very much a Hollywood production -- formulaic, made for marketing and never quite as inspired as it could have been.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Kung Fu Panda isn't the kind of movie that will make you gasp with surprise as it moves toward its believe-in-yourself destination. But it is the kind of movie that will make you enjoy the journey.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • A nice looking but heavily formulaic DreamWorks animation entry.

    Todd McCarthy — Variety

  • The animation is dazzling, so lovingly detailed you can make out individual hairs on the titular beastie, and full of bright Chinese images.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

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