The story in Madagascar 3 is functional, but the antically civilized spirit is infectious.
Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly
Kids will be stimulated. And, parents, you'll enjoy the sights.
Andy Webster — New York Times
Set at a frenzied pace meant to connote fun, it mostly feels like a frenetic spectacle.
Claudia Puig — USA Today
[It] may be the best of the bunch, simply because it busts the leash that tethers it to anything resembling reality.
Michael O'Sullivan — Washington Post
Cascading, colorful 3-D performance sequences are sufficiently dazzling that you'll forgive the bajillionth soundtrack sampling of "Firework."
Tom Russo — Boston Globe
Like a big-screen Big Gulp, this third installment of the billion-dollar animated franchise contains as much cinematic confection as an 85-minute movie can bear.
Eric Hynes — Village Voice
(Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted movie review at New York Daily News)
— New York Daily News
Despite a script co-written by Noah Baumbach, "Madagascar 3" can't upgrade its own shtick, becoming a craven example of a fast-buck, no-fun family film.
Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News
"Madagascar 3" is all about exuberant motion, cute characters and gorgeous colors. It aims for the eyes, not the heart.
Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal
A riot of splashy colors, silly 3-D gimmicks, big, broad kid-friendly gags - and those professionally pesky penguins.
Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News
From time to time the improbable occurs: A sequel outdoes its original.
Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post
...off-kilter wit and smarts to an animated bestiary that keeps you laughing while eloquently re-defining where home is.
Kathleen Murphy — MSN Movies
Your brain goes breathless and giddy struggling to keep up.
Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune
It's silly, and it's lazy. And yet, again, it's pretty funny.
Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic
This is the rare animated property that has consistently improved on its ho-hum origins.
Justin Chang — Variety
What might be barely tolerable in a seven-minute short gave me the biggest headache since "Transformers: Dark of the Moon.''
Lou Lumenick — New York Post
The movie zooms along at a clip so quick, it sometimes overwhelms.
Linda Barnard — Toronto Star
The clever lines and themes of friendship and finding home are almost completely overwhelmed here by the breathless pace and sensory overload...
Jennie Punter — Globe and Mail
It has value only as a way to engage a very young viewer until his or her attention span expires.
James Berardinelli — ReelViews
Yes, it's a cartoon, but it's conspicuously unmodulated, with the volume set on high and the pacing all but pushed to fast-forward.
Todd McCarthy — Hollywood Reporter
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