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Based on 21 Reviews
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  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    A superior adventure film with a poetic heart. show more

  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    This is precisely the kind of film that parents clamor for and rarely get: a substantive, stirring, Huck Finn-style saga that doesn't insult anyone's intelligence or mindlessly entertain with crass humor. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Duma is not a masterpiece, but its deficits recede into insignificance once you open yourself to the movie's mystery and visual splendor. show more

  • 88
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    The same audience that loves "March of the Penguins" will eat up this beautifully told, gorgeously shot story of a grieving boy trying to return his pet cheetah to the wilds of South Africa. show more

  • 80
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    A newcomer to film, Michaletos grew up on a farm with cheetahs, so he can act natural around the animals while making this Huck Finn-like character more than credible. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    An astonishing film. show more

  • 88
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Duma, at its best, reminded me exactly why we loved movies as children: because they told stories like this, with images just as rhapsodically colorful and exciting. show more

  • 88
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    An exquisitely filmed, emotionally transfixing epic about a white South African boy's journey to return his pet cheetah to the wild. show more

  • 63
    New York Post

    A pleasing fable reminiscent of G-rated nature movies of the '60s and '70s, before kiddie cinema required CGI or hip cultural references. show more

  • 91
    Peter Rainer Christian Science Monitor

    Ballard filmed across hundreds of miles of South African desert, and there are times when the whole throbbing universe seems to resound for him. show more

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