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  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that this is probably the best movie so far this year about a kung-fu fighting panda. show more

  • 50
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Though occasionally visually inventive, Kung Fu Panda is a disappointment when it comes to matters of simple black and white: the script. show more

  • 70
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The essence of the film is slapsticky, chopsocky action, rendered with great verve and accompanied by bromides having to do with the need to believe. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Thanks to a witty script and the recognizably goofy but absolutely earnest delivery of Black, Kung Fu Panda has a human soul, too. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    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. show more

  • 90
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    The stroke of genius is, of course, the film's hero -- the big, lovable bear that is the Chinese panda. show more

  • 60
    Bob Mondello NPR

    Though the film's simple story is squarely aimed at tots, DreamWorks' digitizers have referenced Eastern visual styles -- everything from delicate Chinese screens to flashy Japanese anime -- to enliven the look of the film. show more

  • 88
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    Everything about Kung Fu Panda is a little better, a little sharper, a little funnier than the animated run of the mill. show more

  • 88
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    The voice cast includes Angelina Jolie as a tigress, omnipresent Seth Rogen as an acupuncturist who's a praying mantis, David Cross as a nasal crane and Lucy Liu as a cheerful viper. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Not one of the great recent animated films. The story is way too predictable, and truth to tell, Po himself didn't overwhelm me with his charisma. But it's elegantly drawn, the action sequences are packed with energy, and it's short enough that older viewers will be forgiving. show more

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