“I Don't Know About You, But I'm Going To Connecticut!”
“... Improves On The Original”
“Is She Dead Yet....nope!”
“"A Funny Movie"”
“The Christmas Review, By Adam Janaway A.K.A IndyFan117.”
“I Like Em Chunky, Chunky, Chunky, Plumpy, Plumpy, Plumpy, Plumpy, Funky!!!”
“A Great Movie”
“Escape To The Movies!”
“"It Was Crack A Lackin"”
“A Damn Funny Movie!”
“More Enjoyable Than The First”
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is pretty tame, but it knows how to keep its own turf tidy.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
There's a generally more diverting entertainment waddling along the edges of Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa than the larger one lollygagging on screen.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
This much-anticipated sequel is a frankly disappointing piece of opportunism, with a non-plot which shamelessly rips off The Lion King.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
Though it doesn't add anything new to the genre, Madagascar 2 is amusing animated fare.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
Fans of the first Madagascar will find much to enjoy in Escape 2 Africa.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
If you own a TV, you will have heard the best laughs excerpted in unrelenting commercials leading up to the movie's release.
Janice Page - Boston Globe
Funniest movie of '08? Close enough, for those who don't mind monkeying around.
Robert Wilonsky - Village Voice
There's not enough of the first movie's super-erudite monkeys. Yet the sitcom-style silliness is still there.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
The roots are shallow, but the sequel is good-natured, high-spirited and perfectly enjoyable if you take it for what it is.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
It's bad enough when sequels repeat the plot of their original movie. But it's serious chutzpah when the sequel cribs key plot points of another movie, as Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa does with The Lion King.
Nancy Churnin - Dallas Morning News
Emotionally and visually richer than its 2005 original.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
This is a brighter, more engaging film than the original Madagascar.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
The sequel, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, is a better film, though -- less manic, more easygoing.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
Lessons about family loyalty, tolerance, ingenuity, and sacrifice add depth to the screenplay by Etan Cohen and directors Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath.
Andrea Gronvall - Chicago Reader
Take the flat tire that was Madagascar. Retread it with The Lion King storyline. Pump it up with air. Now you have Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
This mediocre sequel to the 2005 DreamWorks Animation hit doesn't offer much to engage minds that have moved beyond coloring books.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
While Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa may offer hope to inter-species romance enthusiasts, for most adults it will simply serve as a way to keep the kids occupied.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Although there are some inspired bits, too often the movie takes what worked well in small doses in the original and beats them to death in the sequel.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
A notable improvement on its predecessor in every department.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
A by-the-numbers follow-up to the highly successful 2005 feature that was no great shakes to begin with.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
The animation shows glossy improvement from the original Madagascar, with nature and the neo-natural animals even more detailed than ever. But the knock on Dreamworks' animation style -- that it's entirely too talky -- rings true here.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
It has everything Madagascar had three years ago, but also two things the original was woefully lacking: a good yarn and genuine yuks.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Surprise, surprise, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is the rare sequel that is better than the original.
Stephen Cole - Globe and Mail
One reason to lament the existence of Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is too bemoan the considerable amount of talent that was tied up developing this uninspired sequel when it could have been employed in the service of something fresh and new.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Cartoons can get away with being serviceable and skillful without much creativity since they have an endlessly renewing audience. Mad 2 surfs along on such waves, entertaining youngsters while mildly amusing adults.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
With so many characters to cram in and not much for many of them to do, Escape 2 Africa ends up a choppy, episodic affair.
David Germain - Associated Press
If you weren't particularly enamored with the first one, chances are this isn't gonna change your opinion on the Madagascar cast
Jeffrey Lyles - Lyles' Movie Files
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Kids will love the wisecracking penguins, industrious monkeys and feisty, survivalist grandma, who packs quite a wallop with her handbag.
Neil Pond - American Profile
Dean Essner - Digital Spy
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
Dave White - Movies.com
Doesn't mess with a good thing. That means many prankish penguins, loony lemurs and that "move it, move it" song, all over again.
Matt Soergel - Florida Times-Union
In a post WALL-E world, it's hard not to be slightly underwhelmed by Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.
Anders Wotzke - Cut Print Review
Anders Wotzke - Moviedex
Two stripes and you're out!
Paul Chambers - CNNRadio
I am no great fan of sequels, and am especially suspicious of movies that try to cross-over between adult and child audiences. But this one won me over early on.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
Energetic, fast-paced, and pumped full of zany humor...sure to entertain the younguns and be fairly painless for their guardians. [Blu-ray]
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
There's amusement in this jungle jumble but "Happy Feet" left me happier.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
The characters seem better developed this time and the story lines are stronger.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
...relies more heavily than ever on friendship, love, and family relationships. Who can complain about that?
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
den eihe kamia idiaiteri istoria na proekteinei, oyte apaitiseis kanenos fan base na ikanopoiisei, opote logika, den prospathei na kanei tipote ap' ta dyo
Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
Definitely a step down from the first one, but you should not let that stop you from seeing a film with great humor and animation.
Jolene Mendez - Entertainment Spectrum
Duplicates the original's inoffensive, middle of the road mediocrity.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Punches its key themes of friendship, togetherness and family amid a hyperactive swirl of jokes, musical numbers and physical gags.
Jim Schembri - The Age (Australia)
The pop culture references, the dance numbers and the in-jokes we enjoyed in the first film are here for parents and kids alike, as is the irreverent humour.
Jason Di Rosso - MovieTime, ABC Radio National
The animation is as breathtakingly beautiful as before and if anything, the sequel is funnier and sharper than the original thanks to a witty screenplay.
David Stratton - At the Movies (Australia)
Among the Looney Tuniest of recent computer-animated features -- the anatomy-distorting slapstick, wacky wordplay and surreal throwaway gags are nonstop.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Whatever else I felt about the movie, this is good animation. The colours are extraordinary, the backgrounds stunning.
Paul Byrnes - Sydney Morning Herald
It's a very handsome production, and a pretty funny one, too, which will keep audiences of all ages -- except perhaps the most cynical -- thoroughly entertained.
David Stratton - The Australian
[Sua] irreverencia so (surge) realmente quando os personagens secundarios sequestram a historia.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
It that has all the strengths of the original. It also has all of the weaknesses
Dan Lybarger - eFilmCritic.com
The visual invention and draughtsmanship are mightily impressive; a shame the drama's a bit of a bore.
Anthony Quinn - Independent
Stiller has an ear for mainstream projects that keep a few steps ahead of the crowd, like Meet the Parents and Tropic Thunder. Escape 2 Africa is tame by comparison but it never treats us like dumb animals.
Charlotte O'Sullivan - This is London
It's for children, rather than families. Adults can safely avoid.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
This crackingly entertaining sequel is great fun, blending beautiful animation with genuinely funny jokes. In truth it tries to pack in a sub-plot too far, but what the heck - this is great entertainment.
Mark Adams - Daily Mirror [UK]
Average sequel with a handful of great gags but the story is weak, the main characters are annoying and the best characters (the penguins) are largely under-used.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Its overall tone is cheerful, amiable and kid-friendly - and in these straitened times, one learns to be grateful for small mercies.
David Gritten - Daily Telegraph
This is one of those rare occasions where the sequel is better than the original - but only by a whisker.
Derek Adams - Time Out
Not quite on a par with the original but not bad as sequels go.
Daniel Etherington - Film4
Everything that worked about the first Madagascar, plus a lot that didn't. The zebra prattles and the giraffe whines, but when the lemur blows raspberries or sings 'Private Dancer', giggles all round.
Dean Essner - Total Film
Repeating a winning formula is fine because writing/directing duo Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath have dreamed up a story that allows these loveable characters to develop in a fun way.
Dean Essner - Sun Online
Give thanks for a sequel that defies the law of diminishing returns and provides a belly-full of laughs along the way.
Tim Evans - Sky Movies
The same as Madagascar 1 only louder and longer. Zoo animals escape into the wild. The only one you would want to spend time with is Sacha Baron Cohen's lemur, and even then only if you could bring your own script.
Dean Essner - Financial Times
A pleasing and pretty enough re-run, just that bit diminished.
Ian Nathan - Empire Magazine
This could be one of the best family films of the year, I loved it. As always the animation is faultless and the script very amusing.
Dean Essner - Heart 106.2
Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath's exhilarating cartoon is a medley of comic humiliations as the sophisticated New Yorkers fail to cut the mustard in the real wild. The Heath Robinson invention will delight adults. The ironies will thrill kids. Great fun.
James Christopher - Times [UK]
True, if you're not into cute kitten calendars you'll probably throw up, but who can resist soft fur?
Victor Olliver - Teletext
More complete and satisfying than the original, this fun-filled sequel springboards its endearing animal characters into another hilarious and colourful hair-raising adventure all the family will love.
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
Barring direct-to-DVD Disney sequels, the first Madagascar was one of the worst animated flicks of all time. The bad news is Escape 2 Africa reunites the same cast and directors that made the first DreamWorks flick such a turkey.
Mike Sage - Peterborough This Week
Little more than a greatest-hits rehash of the first movie.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Whenever the penguins pop up for their welcome routine, the movie takes flight.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Rarely do we get to truly celebrate a movie's second time around. We should this one, though. The filmmakers really move it, move it to the next level of joyous entertainment.
Larry Ratliff - San Antonio Express-News
Stronger animation and a textured story make this even more entertaining than the original
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Fans of the original will find plenty to love in the sequel (including 40% more covert penguin action).
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
A trip to Madagascar is better the second time around.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
The film relies on rapid-fire gags that will amuse most adults, and cute antics that will satisfy the little ones.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Nothing to phone home about.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Fans of the 2005 original will find this sequel more of the same. So will the original's detractors -- it was lousy then and it's lousy now.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
They did another one, and probably better than the original, but I'm simply tolerant.
Fred Topel - Can Magazine
If it feels routine and workmanlike, at least it goes about its work with a spring in its step and a smile on its face.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
Can't quite make it to the front of the pride. The animation is fine; a lot of the lines are snappy; there are a few nicely absurd situations. But each main character gets a semi-intriguing subplot that isn't developed, then disappears. The pace hobbles.
Brian Gibson - Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Except for the moronic title (Madagascar is part of Africa, so it's not much of an escape, is it?), the sequel is more enjoyable than the original.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
The upside, I suppose, is that we'll all forget about it in a few weeks.
David Cornelius - eFilmCritic.com
Fun for kids but not very funny for adults
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
The penguins steal the show, providing all the real highlights.
Steve Biodrowski - ESplatter
Somewhat better than the original, a film which it is mainly content to clone shamelessly.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
This is great. I loved it.
Ben Lyons - At the Movies
This is a really funny movie.
Ben Mankiewicz - At the Movies
'Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" gets back its roots ... at least, the animals do.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
[S]o gorgeous... that it took me a while to realize that the heart and the soul of the first Madagascar, the aspect that made it so special, is missing here...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
There aren't very many alternatives right at this moment, so expect it to make money out of proportion with its quality.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is better-looking, funnier, and has a better story [than the original].
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
It's filled with silly slapstick and scattered plotlines but it should satisfy kids who have been eagerly anticipating this sequel.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
Although the animated characters are sometimes fun to watch here, they're not given much of a story to work with. Musical numbers would've helped.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
In Alex the Lion and Marty the Zebra, we finally have the first unabashedly gay characters in a major Hollywood animated feature.
Pete Vonder Haar - Film Threat
"It's strictly for tots, who should enjoy it. As for those adults in attendance, there are worse ways to spend your time at the movies."
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Whenever we move away from their scenes -- sharp and quickly edited -- the film slows a bit. Whenever we skip to one of the main characters learning yet another life lesson, the fun begins to fade.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Parental Content Review
Jim Judy - Screen It!
A film whose blend of madcap exploits and generosity makes it both hilarious and endearing.
Michael Sragow - Baltimore Sun
The animation is sharp, and whenever things start to get confusing, a penguin or lemur comes onscreen and does something really funny.
Peter Hartlaub - San Francisco Chronicle
It pales so badly in comparison to the first Madagascar that they might as well have hired D.L. Hughley and Jim Belushi to replace Chris Rock and Ben Stiller
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
A decent-enough sequel that will satisfy fans without unduly bothering Oscar animation voters.
Glenn Whipp - Los Angeles Daily News
Definitely not a film for the ages, and you might not even remember it by the end of the year, but as it is, it's a reasonably pleasant, amusing and diverting bit of animation.
Peter T. Chattaway - Christianity Today
The movie is not painful to sit through, but it lacks standout moments like the first one had.
Austin Kennedy - Sin Magazine
Sequel is fun but doesn't break any new ground.
S. Jhoanna Robledo - Common Sense Media
Sitcom-like sequel to the 2005 movie about clueless New York zoo animals bungling in the jungle, this story about a lion king is no Lion King but a perfectly funny diversion that improves on the original. And the penguins are still psychotic.
Frank Lovece - Film Journal International
Unfortunately, for all the stuff that works well in Madagascar 2, the movie suffers from a serious case of unoriginality.
Perry Seibert - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Madagascar 2 is an overstuffed, unfunny adventure that adds nothing but length to the franchise's running time and, ultimately, disappoints as both a sequel and a standalone film.
Todd Gilchrist - IGN Movies
Animation holds everything together with aplomb, injecting the whirlwind picture with plenty of attitude and jokes.
John P. McCarthy - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Boasting talented voice actors and characters already beloved by the audience, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa still only adds up to middling.
Carla Meyer - Sacramento Bee
A hodgepodge, combining elements of The Lion King, Joe vs. the Volcano, Happy Feet and some romantic comedy that I'm sure must exist but which I haven't yet identified.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
Kids will undoubtedly love it. And thanks to those undercurrents of nihilist hilarity, adults can have fun, too.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
To be fair, the film is not horrible nor is it completely unwatchable. But it is mediocre.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
[There's] an awful lot of character development in an 89-minute movie, let alone one that also has to entertain kids. That it succeeds on both counts is yet another reason Escape 2 Africa is an impressive kids' film.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
It is the wayward penguins who are the heart and soul of the picture. Why else did they score so much screen time in the trailers?
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is a worthy, if inconsequential, sequel to its 2005 forerunner. While still high on laughs, this revisit throws in a lot more "drama," diluting some of the fun factor that drove the original.
Brandon Fibbs - Colorado Springs Gazette
Happily, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is a worthy follow-up that builds on its predecessor's successes and adds to them.
Tom Keogh - Seattle Times
All shtick and repetition, something the little ones may find entertaining, but something that will drive parents 2 boredom, 2 another theater, or 2 ask for their money back.
Brian Tallerico - Movie Retriever
The first Madagascar was surprisingly enjoyable, thanks to high energy and playfully dark material, but the returning writing-directing crew doesn't seem nearly as invested this time around.
Tasha Robinson - AV Club
Escape is a big improvement on its predecessor.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa repeats all the gags from the first film ... but lacks enough new material to warrant another rumble in the jungle.
Christian Toto - What Would Toto Watch?
Unlike most sequels, Madagascar 2 is actually funnier -- and better -- than the original.
Dezhda Gaubert - E! Online
Madagascar's flock of Mafioso penguins will crack you up. Not much else will.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
While all of these animated kids flicks are starting to run together, Madagascar 2 actually is a worthy sequel and is saved by the hilarious use of the penguin characters.
Kevin McCarthy - WJFK-FM (CBS Radio)
There are a few laughs, courtesy of King Julien, a self-aggrandizing lemur who comes off as a pint-sized parody of Dubya. But this isn't a movie concerned with engaging hearts and minds so much as bombarding the ears with Top 40 sing-alongs.
Rossiter Drake - San Francisco Examiner
The four-year olds out their will love the funny animals, music and flashy animation. Unfortunately, I am not a four-year old....
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
The nonsensical title is the least of its problems--how, exactly, are the characters escaping to Africa if the place they begin is technically a part of Africa?
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
The rare sequel that improves on the original, "Madagascar 2" keeps the silliness and steps up the heart.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
I find it endearing that the Madagascar movies spend most of their time chronicling failure.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
Perhaps having already gone back 2 Africa in this tired sequel, the inevitable third time around will inspire the filmmakers to go back 2 the drawing board instead.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
Feels rushed and disjointed, like the filmmakers didn't have a good reason for a sequel and just threw in every little thing they could think of.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
This is a big screen experience so kid-oriented it should come with a pacifier and a selection of Huggies.
Bill Gibron - Filmcritic.com
Directors Darnell and McGrath's follow-up would undoubtedly have benefited from more innovation or daring, but its vibrant animation and innocuously rollicking comedy remains endearing
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
There is one unassailable asset here that seals the deal: it brings back those penguins
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
The militaristic flightless fowl four returns in Africa, and, no shock here, the penguins steal the movie yet again with their resolute antics.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
... rapid-fire comedy and energetic parade of sight gags, delivered with visual invention and whiplash timing...
Sean Axmaker - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Typical tale of self-discovery, punctuated by genuine hilarity and top-flight animation.
John Anderson - Newsday
It's still primarily the supporting cast that's funny, not the leads -- but hey, if Dreamworks were capable of doing everything right it would have to change its name to Pixar.
Eric D. Snider - Cinematical
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa extends what Madagascar did best: fill up the screen with computer-generated visual novelty.
Theresa Everline - Austin Chronicle
An animated comedy about Alex the lion and his three buddies that is a total lark.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
This is an inferior sequel, but one which still contains plenty of laughs.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
The jokes fly by at a Shrek-ish rate, and a some are even funny.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Totally, depressingly average, Africa is so irrelevant and uninspiring it practically rolls its eyes at itself.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
This sequel not only outshines its predecessor, it left me looking forward to #3.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
I am tired of the same story lines in animated films. Be unique, not part of the herd. Be yourself and your Daddy will eventually be proud of you. Monkeys and penguins can fix planes with spit...Ok, that one is new.
Jenna Busch - UGO
Color me pleasantly surprised by Madagascar 2, a film that is far superior to the original in every way.
Sean McBride - Sean the Movie Guy
You can't fault DreamWorks for including what Disney's animated tales conspicuously leave out -- gags pitched at adults. Plus, the CGI has improved since the first film, with animal fur being ruffled in all the right places.
Anna King - Time Out New York
Creatively a notch above the original without sacrificing any of the charm that made these characters so memorable in the first place.
Pete Hammond - Boxoffice Magazine
Looks marvelous--the animation really is superb--but it's not even up to the standard of the initial installment in any other significant respect.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Easily entertained children will probably be amused enough by Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, but their parents may find themselves growing restless at this overly fussy, shticky movie and will no doubt look forward to an Escape 2 the Lobby.
Alonso Duralde - MSNBC
The sequel to DreamWorks' computer-animated family hit Madagascar offers more drama and a lot more animals but fewer laughs and not quite as much fun as the colourful summer 2005 original.
John Hazelton - Screen International
I found myself feeling a sense of enjoyment rather than the dread I expected.
Danny Minton - Beaumont Journal