'Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   11 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   154 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    67
    Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is pretty tame, but it knows how to keep its own turf tidy.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Manohla Dargis New York Times (Top Critic)
    50
    There's a generally more diverting entertainment waddling along the edges of Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa than the larger one lollygagging on screen.
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  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    40
    This much-anticipated sequel is a frankly disappointing piece of opportunism, with a non-plot which shamelessly rips off The Lion King.
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  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    63
    Though it doesn't add anything new to the genre, Madagascar 2 is amusing animated fare.
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  • Ann Hornaday Washington Post (Top Critic)
    Fans of the first Madagascar will find much to enjoy in Escape 2 Africa.
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  • Janice Page Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    50
    If you own a TV, you will have heard the best laughs excerpted in unrelenting commercials leading up to the movie's release.
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  • Robert Wilonsky Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Funniest movie of '08? Close enough, for those who don't mind monkeying around.
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  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    60
    There's not enough of the first movie's super-erudite monkeys. Yet the sitcom-style silliness is still there.
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  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    The roots are shallow, but the sequel is good-natured, high-spirited and perfectly enjoyable if you take it for what it is.
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  • Nancy Churnin Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    42
    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.
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  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    75
    Emotionally and visually richer than its 2005 original.
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  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    75
    This is a brighter, more engaging film than the original Madagascar.
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  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    The sequel, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, is a better film, though -- less manic, more easygoing.
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  • Andrea Gronvall Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    Lessons about family loyalty, tolerance, ingenuity, and sacrifice add depth to the screenplay by Etan Cohen and directors Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath.
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  • Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    50
    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.
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  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    25
    This mediocre sequel to the 2005 DreamWorks Animation hit doesn't offer much to engage minds that have moved beyond coloring books.
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  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    42
    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.
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  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    60
    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.
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  • Todd McCarthy Variety (Top Critic)
    A notable improvement on its predecessor in every department.
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  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    50
    A by-the-numbers follow-up to the highly successful 2005 feature that was no great shakes to begin with.
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  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    60
    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.
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  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    75
    It has everything Madagascar had three years ago, but also two things the original was woefully lacking: a good yarn and genuine yuks.
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  • Stephen Cole Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    75
    Surprise, surprise, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is the rare sequel that is better than the original.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    63
    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.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Kirk Honeycutt Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 5 years ago