“Cute, Chubby, This Panda Is Damn Interesting. Jack Blacks Voice Is Perfect For This Panda- Uh, Kungfu Panda. "AWESOMENESS #1"”
“Cute, Cuddly And Unbelievably Funny!”
“THE DRANGON WARRIOR REVIEW”
“One Paragraph Review Competition #3”
“Kung Fu Panda Literally Knocked The Wind Out Of Us Like A Well-placed Center Punch, Induced Spontaneous Shaolin Moves In Our Living Room, And Reinvigorated The Use Of 'awesome' In Our Household.”
“... A Classic Kung Fu Story Mixed With A Moral Tale Of Believing In Oneself.”
“You'll Find A Beginning And An End, But No Middle.”
“The Next Epic Saga In Kung-Fu Has Finally Arrived”
“THE ULITMATE KUNG-FU WARRIOR HAS ARRIVED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
“THE ULTIMATE KUNG-FU HERO HAS ARRIVED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
“At First I Was Skeptic Because I Dont Usually Watch Martial Arts Movie About A Cartoon Panda Usually They Have Hott Muscular Break Your Arm If U Give Them The Wrong Look Guys .... What Was I Talking About .. O Yeah This Movie Was Awesome. ”
“I Acutlly Enjoyed This Moive”
“Adam Janaway Reviews: KUNG FU PANDA”
“I Saw This One Last Nite”
“"Every One Was Kung Fu Fighting"”
“Too Damn Good/too Damn Funny”
“I Actually Thought This Movie Was Very Enjoyable”
“An Animated Blend Of Comedy And Action That Works To Near Perfection”
“A GREAT CARTOON MOVIE!”
“This Was Funny And Kick Ass”
“Not Has Magical As I Thought It Would Be!”
“One Of The Best Movies Ive Ever Seen!!!!!”
“I Don't Know Why I Saw It”
“Animation At Its Best”
“Great Action And A Funny Movie To.”
“Although The Movie Is Filled With Bright Colors And Beautiful Scenery - All They Need Is Black And White Because Po Is The Hero Of The Summer.”
“JACK BLACK ROCKS!!!!!!!”
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
A gift in a summer that threatens to be seriously short of quality kid entertainment.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Neither as original as Ratatouille nor as funny as Shrek.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
This is the best PG film I've seen in ... well, forever.
Laremy Legel - Film.com
It's a howl and amazement for anyone under 12. As is often the way with middling kids' movies, parents who grow tired of the film are treated to a satisfying consolation prize: watching their children have fun.
Stephen Cole - Globe and Mail
This is a solid family film material, although one suspects the children will get a little more out of it than their parents.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Though aimed primarily at youngsters, KF Panda embraces humor that plays well across age groups and nationalities.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
As summer movies get bigger and bigger, they often make us, the audience, feel smaller and smaller. The bright Kung Fu Panda is a simple and lighthearted exception.
Jake Coyle - Associated Press
A master [course] in cunning visual art and ultra-satisfying entertainment.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
The message -- believe in yourself even when all evidence suggests you shouldn't -- is annoyingly familiar and frankly overdue for a serious debunking, but it's not about to happen here.
Carina Chocano - Los Angeles Times
An energetic and surprisingly colorful family adventure tale that trumps formula through sheer force of personality.
Brent Simon - Shared Darkness
Kung Fu Panda is a colourful, extremely enjoyable if workmanlike animated romp.
Simon Reynolds - Digital Spy
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
A vast improvement over such previous DreamWorks dreck as Shark Tale and the Shrek flicks
Fernando F. Croce - CinePassion
Kung Fu Panda puts most other recent action movies to shame with its astonishingly beautiful, fluid, fast, clean use of movement and space.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Parental Content Review
Jim Judy - Screen It!
A witty, visually interesting and sweet comedy that works in pretty much all departments.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
...relies on the sounds of its voice cast and the brilliance of its CGI animation to help it succeed.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Dean Essner - National Post
It is as if the spirit of recent Zhang Yimou spectaculars have informed this warm and very likable Hollywood fare.
Allan Hunter - Screen International
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
It's still a bit patchy in terms of its pace, and it's awfully violent for a PG movie, but it also features the best fight sequences the animated world, or any other world, has ever seen.
David Medsker - Bullz-Eye.com
Formulaic, but entertaining and often dazzling.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
One fine movie.
Pete Hammond - Hollywood.com
A fun movie that manages to entertain pretty much the whole way through.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Despite the traditional animation platitudes, the film is entertaining and well voiced.
Wesley Lovell - Oscar Guy
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
Enjoyable, superbly animated and frequently funny adventure with great voice work, strong characters and some excellent fight scenes.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Just like many martial arts movie epics of old, Kung Fu Panda is filmed in widescreen CinemaScope: a perfect, vast canvas for an epic set in old China.
Victor Olliver - Teletext
... a solid animated flick for kids, and for any adults who are singing "Kung Fu Fighting" to themselves as they enter the multi-plex (guilty as charged).
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
It all whizzes along at an invigorating pace and there's plenty to please a young child but if you're looking for the kind of insights that made Ratatouille such a feast, you'll have to wait for Pixar's next.
Sandra Hall - Sydney Morning Herald
'Chinese' in the way that Springfield-style cashew chicken is 'Chinese.'
Stephen Himes - Film Snobs
This is strictly formulaic animation from DreamWorks, wasting a stellar cast and a marvellously high concept idea.
Jay Richardson - Future Movies UK
Privilegia mais a historia e menos o humor facil.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
This is the finest DreamWorks Animation effort since the first Shrek
Chris Hewitt (UK) - Empire Magazine
A collision of Black's signature humor with a succession of surprisingly awesome fight scenes.
Michael Dance - The Cinema Source
The Rocky template at work here is one of the most dog-eared premises around, but the sense of style and wit at play elevates the film above that premise to something unique.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
[The filmmakers] mix Black's good humor with breathtaking animated martial-arts sequences.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
An amusing and gorgeously designed kiddie fable.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
More original plotting could have bolstered this visually magnificent production.
David Stratton - The Australian
It's funny at times, and quite exciting, but of course you know where it's going from its opening moments, so no surprises dramatically.
Margaret Pomeranz - At the Movies (Australia)
The most visually stunning cartoon yet from DreamWorks...
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Filled with abundant slapstick and visual comedy, this family-friendly animation is sure to amuse the youngsters with its roly-poly panda hero antics and inventive effects. ...its predictable and formulaic script is less impressive
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
Willingly raucous and revved up for your escapist consideration do welcome this plump yet profoundly prancing panda into your thrill-seeking heart.
Frank Ochieng - TheWorldJournal.com
A far smarter movie than anyone could have expected.
David Cornelius - eFilmCritic.com
... Dreamworks Animation has finally managed to touch the brass ring of animated storytelling that has been exclusively in Pixar's reach for over a decade.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
A panda learns Kung Fu. If that sounds good to you, then have at it.
Bob Grimm - Reno News and Review
Kung Fu Panda is arguably the best animated movie Dreamworks has produced so far.
Vic Holtreman - ScreenRant
Sure, the story's ending is completely predictable, but it's great fun getting there.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Jack Black puts the "POW!" in Kung' pao.
David N. Butterworth - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Black blasts through Po, though, and lands on the furry character's visual surface with all vocal cylinders revving.
Larry Ratliff - San Antonio Express-News
...if nothing else, the filmmakers should be commended for their refusal to pepper the proceedings with crass jokes and pop-culture references...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
It has more in common with Dr. Seuss than the dubiously titled Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
The strength of this film is its visual presentation. The characters are well designed and they move with the necessary precision and grace.
Cindy White - IGN Movies
The near genius of the film -- big-name stars doing voices to one side -- is that it almost completely eschews the snarky postmodern, pop-culture-referencing sensibility.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
It takes a very worn storyline, infuses it with smart satire and in-jokes and ties it all up in a very pretty package of beautiful artwork.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
At first I growled at the panda.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
The action tends to blur into a whirlwind of slapstick chaos.
Tom Charity - CNN.com
Kid's will enjoy this movie, but I think Kung Fu geeks will like it even more. It's one of the most action-packed movies in theaters now!
Austin Kennedy - Sin Magazine
By far the most visually appealing film yet released by DreamWorks Animation.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
How an eating disorder paunchy punching bag morphs into an accidental fighter and subsequent Dragon Warrior by default, literally and figure-atively throwing his weight around. A Jenny Craig wet dream.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
[...]it's mercifully free of the kind of ephemeral pop culture-dependent humor that's plagued every previous DreamWorks cartoon.
Pete Vonder Haar - Film Threat
[C]harming and gorgeously animated... kids of all ages, including the grownup ones, will love [it]...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
There's an old saying about how a great musical will "leave 'em dancing in the aisles." Well this movie provides the kung fu equivalent of that.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Fast, light, and easy-to-swallow, 'Kung Fu Panda' is an ideal repast for families to enjoy during early summer at the multiplex.
John P. McCarthy - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
An animated cross of Rocky and The Karate Kid certain to delight this generation of tykes afresh.
Kam Williams - NewsBlaze
It's the kind of movie that kids will love -- and so will their parents, since they will enjoy seeing their kids so happy.
Scott A. Mantz - Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
The fight choreography in Kung Fu Panda is the real draw. And, especially in IMAX, the film is never visually boring.
Brian Tallerico - The Deadbolt
If Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons stumbled onto the steps of Wayne Manor and Alfred said he was destined to be Batman, you'd get something of the are-you-serious fanboy awe of Kung Fu Panda.
Gina Carbone - Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
None of it sounds encouraging, but the directors find the right mixture of slapstick, satire, and affection to bring out the best in their material.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
Kung Fu Panda stars a bunch of cute, highly-merchandisable creatures, but the amount of genuine kung fu movie love that permeates the film shines through to anyone who is a fan of top-notch animated filmmaking, as well as the martial arts genre.
Diva Velez - TheDivaReview.com
Big and bouncy, Kung Fu Panda is another powerhouse Family Entertainment that means to pummel its young viewers into adulation.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
The open got my interest up because the animation style recalled the Emmy-winning Cartoon Network show Samurai Jack. Unfortunately, when the dream ends, so does the innovative visual style...
Beth Accomando - KPBS.org
Story of a roly poly panda makes movie magic
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
The movie easily karate chops the weekend competition. A fine, fun film, filled with excellent animation and well-drawn characters.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Fighting action is as dynamic and creative as any live-action wire-fu match by Yuen Woo-ping while the story is a refreshingly simple tale.
Mark Pollard - Kung Fu Cinema
pays homage to the Hong Kong Kung Fu epic by being true to the Fu while making sport of cliches
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
Kung Fu Panda manages to minimize the aspects of a Jack Black that make him unbearable (no pun intended).
Kevin Carr - Film School Rejects
No more impressive than anything you could randomly dial up on Cartoon Network.
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
The jokey title sells this clever, old-fashioned film short.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
To paraphrase "Kung Fu Fighting" - mercifully heard only once, and in tweaked end-credit form by Gnarls Barkley - "Kung Fu Panda" is as fast as lightning and a little bit frightening but done with expert timing.
Nick Rogers - State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
The movie is full of exaggerated chop-socky action sequences, and most of them are clever and entertaining. The animators clearly have invested some time in studying and gleaning ideas from the Hong Kong kung-fu classics.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Kung Fu Panda is one gorgeous movie. If only the story and comedy were half as absorbing.
Dean Essner - Kansas City Star
Kung Fu Panda gets across important and inevitable plot information in ways that are novel and unexpected. Things simply don't happen the way they usually happen in animated stories.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Manic but hilarious Kung Fu Panda kicks its way onto the scene with irresistible force.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
Imaginatively done, full of peril, surprise and even humor.
Cathy Jakicic - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
A relatively harmless bit of animated fun.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
...it creates an enchanting other-world of its own.
Kurt Loder - MTV
After this movie, pandas might be the new penguins. And, you know Kung Fu Panda is going to be good because TALKING ANIMALS ARE FUNNY!
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Resistance is not just futile but almost seems churlish in the black-and-white face of such cuteness. Along with some terrific voice performances and lovely animation, the adorability quotient of Kung Fu Panda buoys the film.
Carla Meyer - Sacramento Bee
Kung Fu Panda gets a big kick from the vocal trio of Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman and Ian McShane.
Christian Toto - Washington Times
...use[s] dynamic animation and slapstick humor to compensate for the story's lack of originality.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Kung Fu Panda is far more exciting and abundantly more exhilarating than it has any right to be.
Brandon Fibbs - Colorado Springs Gazette
A good-natured, entertaining romp and, in my experience, not a bad kid discussion-starter. You can't ask much more from an animated panda kung fu movie than that.
Carolyn Arends - Christianity Today
Sure helps scrub away memories of Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny.
Kevin Williamson - Jam! Movies
From a studio that's decimated iconic fairy tale characters with its poison pop-culture pen, i.e., Shrek, comes an age-old fable, poetic, pop-free and timeless...yet still an utter hoot.
Kimberly Gadette - LivePDX
...a likable movie that fits the bill when we talk about family entertainment.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Hardly a groundbreaker, but still impressive in a good many of its particulars.
Keith Uhlich - UGO
The animation is consistently sporty and there are some choice comic riffs on martial arts movies.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
Dreamworks is bringing old school to the new school with Kung Fu Panda, which quietly lumbers around in its first half before proving itself a worthy master of the art in its action-packed second.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
A real charmer; a lightweight, generously funny family film that benefits from simplicity and a buffet of Asian cinema influences to pick from.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
This is one kid's movie where the grownups shouldn't have to fight over who has to take the children. Instead, everyone should get in on the fun.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
It's not entirely free of lazy writing or cheap jokes. But it's often strikingly drawn and, when it's kicking, breezy and funny.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
The movie has lean, to-the-point simplicity, which is refreshing in an era when so many films take needlessly bloated, talky routes into their story (for more on this, see Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull).
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
Beautifully animated, the celebrity voice performances are terrific, and the action sequences negotiate the fine line between being physically convincing and becoming too intense for the young children who are the filma(TM)s primary audience.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
DreamWorks Animation's best movie since Shrek.
Glenn Whipp - Los Angeles Daily News
In this summer movie season of old men with whips, gals in stilettos and superheroes a go-go, you may ask: "Where's the cartoon?" (Speed Racer doesn't count.) Indeed, the most highly anticipated animation event of the summer is Kung Fu Panda
Adam Fendelman - HollywoodChicago.com
This movie leaves 'em laughing -- and gasping.
Michael Sragow - Baltimore Sun
Kung Fu Panda is yet another celebrity-voiced animal adventure, but it stands out from the crowd of similar films with its lightning wit and whirlwind brio.
Tasha Robinson - AV Club
A hero whose power is gluttony? I almost missed this part, because I was out in the lobby getting a bucket of popcorn and a 40-ounce soda, so I'll refrain from comment.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
While the movie might not be as artistic as, say, one from Disney-Pixar, it features better combat scenes than much of its live-action brethren -- including the recent Forbidden Kingdom.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
an agreeable enough animation with the kid-worthy message to believe in oneself, but the embarrassment of riches that is its superstar vocal cast provides poor returns...Jackie Chan hired to make monkey noises?
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Chalk it up to either a newfound maturity or [Dreamworks] management being asleep at the wheel, but, somehow, someway, it achieves a low-impact playfulness that actually feels kind of... charming.
Andrew Wright - The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Po turns out to be smarter than your average bear, not to mention sweet of disposition and amusingly smart-alecky. ... DreamWorks' animated romp proves charming, if formulaic.
Bob Mondello - NPR.org
This is well-worn territory, from the cuddly slapstick to the Chinese wisdom, but the movie redeems itself with some surprisingly smart and tender moments.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
A snappy, amusingly witty family comedy. Kids will undoubtedly love the film, while adults won't feel talked down to.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
A pleasant surprise. It avoids easy targets and actually bases its humor in its performances.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
After years of skulking around in Hollywood's shadows, fan-boy culture finally has a movie hero to call its own.
Josh Rosenblatt - Austin Chronicle
Unpretentious sweetness, striking visuals, fresh settings, and strong voice characterizations by Black, Hoffman, Rogen, and Cross make this satisfying family entertainment.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
If the Shaw Brothers had access to CGI and the post-modern voice talent, Kung Fu Panda would have definitely been part of their stable of wuxia epics.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
Replace the cute 'widdle' animals with people and you'd have a generic undiscovered-hero story with a dull script. (Also, it would have to be called Kung Fu Fat Kid, which probably wouldn't test very well.)
Alex Markerson - E! Online
Kung Fu Panda is generally content to simply coast along on a few Zen platitudes and regularly scheduled Po pratfalls.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
It may not be the most original animated feature, but it is a solid, well-crafted one.
Daniel Eagan - Film Journal International
Why create a universe this utterly gonzo if all you're going to do is repeat the same 'believe-in-yourself' and 'everyone-is-special' pablum kids have heard a million times?
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
I have never wanted to eat a digital/animated steamed dumpling more in my life than I did when I saw Kung Fu Panda. Jack Black really poured himself completely into this role and the movie turns out to be extremely funny and action packed.
Kevin McCarthy - WJFK-FM (CBS Radio)
Gravity-defying, action-packed family comedy - it's chop-socky fun.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
A parade of pain dominates Kung Fu Panda, which forgoes the rigors of character development for lazy, bone-crunching mayhem.
Stephen Garrett - Time Out New York
Loaded with high flying kung fu action, this animal-filled animated pic will keep youngsters in their seats.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
It lacks that final spark of ingenuity or inspiration that would have transformed it from an amusing idea into a full-fledged movie worth watching.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
Sufficiently entertaining for kids and mildly amusing for adults.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
After a summer of films crashing the two-hour barrier, I could give Kung Fu Panda (88 minutes!) a big old bear hug.
Jette Kernion - Cinematical
Sticking to a tried-and-true formula (hapless underdog discovers he's the Chosen One) still proves effective when it's done with a snappy pace, eye-popping animation and a cast of game comedic vocal talents headed by Jack Black.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
It's slick, energetic, and entertaining enough to separate it from most of the in-it-for-the-cash animated products that the studios have been cranking out the last few years.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
What helps Kung Fu Panda succeed is not just the classic beauty of the animation but also another way it avoids the Shrek pitfall by steering clear of that series' flat irony and tired snark.
Chris Barsanti - Filmcritic.com
Both a surprisingly good kung fu movie and a solid family flick… The story is sweeter and shows more heart than you might think.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
Outside of Japanese anime - and maybe Pixar's The Incredibles - I can't think of another animated feature packed with this much exhilarating, ingenious action.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
an unexpected, welcome animated treat and a tremendous amount of fun for the entire family.
Jeffrey Lyles - Gazette (MD)
Another misfit-makes-good movie with nifty visuals but a sodden script.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
A nice little adventure that will keep the kiddies entertained for an hour and a half. Mom and dad will find some nice moments as well.
Sean McBride - Sean the Movie Guy
Jack Black stars in appealing kid-friendly comedy.
S. Jhoanna Robledo - Common Sense Media
By all means, gather up the little ones and take them to this perfectly pleasant, very good-looking, modestly funny, dispiritingly unoriginal variant on the nerd-with-a-dream recipe.
Ella Taylor - L.A. Weekly
Jack Black inhabits the animated panda called Po with so much of his signature whimsy that audiences get a double dose of Black's comic persona.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
I had a great time.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
I'm no fan of casting big movie stars as voices in animated films, but Black and Hoffman have great fun taking their characters from exasperated adversaries to bedgrudging comrades.
Alonso Duralde - MSNBC
Oh heck, this is my favorite film of the year so far -- A ! Action, depth, fun, comedy, profound messages and it's visually gorgeous.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
The movie's crackpot message--'To make something special, you just have to believe it's special'--may best be proven by the existence of this funny, unpretentious, more than bear-able crowd-pleaser.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Even though Panda is one of the last animated flicks that Dreamworks won't be making in 3D it's still very easy on the eyes and it should help to keep the studio in competition this summer with the juggernaut that is Pixar.
Phil Contrino - Boxoffice Magazine
The colorful locale and battles, not the message, are the thing in this hybrid of family fare and martial arts in which Jack Black is too cute as the chubby misfit-hero but it's Dustin Hoffman and Ian McShane who steal the show with their ironic delivery
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Kung Fu Panda may be on the higher edge of the middle rank of computer-animated films, but it'll still provide your kids with a fairly respectable mix of action, amazement and amusement.
James Rocchi - Cinematical