20th Century FOX dropped their new animated/comedy movie, “Kung Fu Panda 3,” into theaters this weekend, and all the major, top movie critics, and it sounds like it resonated quite well with the majority of them as they gave it an overall 65 score out of a possible 100 score across 22 reviews at the Metacritic.com site.
The film stars: Angelina Jolie, Bryan Cranston, David Cross, Dustin Hoffman, J.K. Simmons, Jack Black, Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu and Seth Rogen. We’ve posted blurbs from a couple of the critics, below.
Gary Goldstein over at the Los Angeles Times, gave it a very nice 80 grade, saying: “A beautifully rendered, lovingly constructed action-comedy that’s sure to please kids and adults alike.”
Neil Genzlinger from The New York Times, gave it an 80 score as well, stating: “Lots of comedic fight scenes break up the story’s more somber stretches, and the animation, especially in 3-D, is simply gorgeous.”
Alonso Duralde over at TheWrap, gave it an 80 grade. He stated: “It’s cohesive and cathartic enough to make a fourth entry unnecessary, but at the same time, it’s entertaining and gorgeous enough to make the prospect of same something to welcome.”
Justin Chang at Variety, gave it an 80 score. He stated: “Emotionally, dramatically and perhaps most of all visually (it’s worth seeing in 3D), this delightful trilogy capper is almost as generously proportioned as its cuddly warrior hero, restoring a winning lightness of touch to the saga while bringing its long-running themes of perseverance and self-knowledge to satisfying fruition.”
Glenn Kenny over at RogerEbert.com, gave it a 75 grade. He said: “In spite of its abundant action — and for all the interspecies mashups, this is as much an action-adventure animated movie as it is a funny-animal animated movie — is a pretty relaxing experience for the adult viewer.”
Chritian Holub over at Entertainment Weekly, gave it a 75 score. He said: “Just complicated enough to reward steady viewers and just simple enough for parent escorts to enjoy without much prior knowledge.”
Michael Rechtshaffen over at The Hollywood Reporter, gave it a 70 score. He stated: “While the storyline, in which Jack Black’s dumpling-downing Dragon Warrior is reunited with his biological father, doesn’t quite fulfill its prophecies, dramatically speaking, visually speaking it’s all quite impressive — one of those very rare animated features that completely justifies its 3D glasses.”
Lou Lumenick over at the New York Post, gave it a 63 grade, saying: “The stunning visuals in DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 3 surpass the high standards set by its predecessors, but storywise, the latest adventures of goofy Po the panda break no new ground.”
Brian Truit at USA Today, gave it a 63 score. He said: “The movie’s story and cute characters are geared toward the younger crowd, per usual. But while it lacks the wonder and nuance of earlier Pandas, there are enough new faces and wowing, Asian-influenced style to also keep parents amused for an hour and a half.”
Joe Morgenstren from the Wall Street Journal, gave it a 50 score. He stated: “In Hollywood’s franchise game, sequels are seldom the best they can be. This one isn’t, but it’s pretty, perfectly pleasant and good enough.”
Tom Russo from the Boston Globe, gave it a 50 grade, stating: “A story that builds toward Po training an army of his panda brethren fails to deliver exponentially greater fun.”
Finally, Katherine Pushkar over at the New York Daily News, gave it a 40 grade. He stated: “Once upon a time, Black’s charisma might have been enough to carry the movie.” Stay tuned. Also, get your favorite Movie stuff, and more by Clicking Here.