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Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

anime & animation, children & family, comedy


TIME Magazine calls MADAGASCAR 3 "A three dream circus.A real fun movie." (Richard Corliss) "Hilarious!The best 'Madagascar' yet!"(Pete Hammond, BOXOFFICE Magazine)"Charming and very funny."(Bill Zwecke

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    79%
  • Audience Score
    73%

common sense

ON for kids age 6
Consumerism
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Educational value
1 out of 5
Language
0 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
1 out of 5
Violence & scariness
2 out of 5

Entertaining "threequel" has some mild violence, innuendo.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that, like its two predecessors, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted is appropriate for virtually the whole family. There's little questionable material here, although some parents may notice a couple of innuendos, some threats and dart-gun attacks, and one almost-curse word ("Bolshevik" is made to sound like "bull---t"). On the plus side, kids might learn a thing or two about the circus and European destinations like Paris, Rome, and Monte Carlo. As always, Madagascar 3 boils down to the central relationship between the four main zoo animals, and, like the others, the third movie makes sure kids know how important it is to have unconditional friends.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how the two sets of animals help each other. What do the circus animals teach the Central Park Zoo pals about freedom? How do Alex and his friends make the circus better?
  • How does this installment of the franchise compare to the other two? Which one is your favorite?
  • How have the animals' adventures changed them? Why is the Central Park Zoo no longer the right home for the friends?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: The screenplay, by Eric Darnell and Noah Baumbach, churns out the snappy witticisms with admirable creative gusto, but it whizzes along at such a frenetic pace that you'll probably miss half of them.

- Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle, Friday, June 8, 2012

Fresh: Kids will be stimulated. And, parents, you'll enjoy the sights.

- Andy Webster, New York Times, Thursday, June 7, 2012

Fresh: A neon-saturated, high-flying trapeze act with enough frenetic funny business that it's a wonder the folks behind this zillion-dollar franchise about zoo critters on the lam didn't send the animals to the circus sooner.

- Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Thursday, June 7, 2012

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Wonderful, adventure and lots of laugh in this third animation film of four animals. It starts as it means to go on: with scant regard for anything approaching logic, as our four heroes - having finally made it all the way to Africa - quickly decide that they're utterly bored with life on the savannah. Dreaming of refuge back at the zoo in Central Park, they head for Europe. A movie that was concerned with plot holes or "reality" would spend ages trying to figure out how to get these four talking animals from Africa to Europe. Madagascar 3's three directors know that because they're talking animals, anything toes, and so simply cuts to them washing up on the shores of Monte Carlo. The solution? Snorkels. Well, of course. It sets the pace for what's to come. Which is, in short, deliciously bonkers. In quick succession, the team reunite with the sardonic Skipper (co-director Tom McGrath) and his magnificently twisted penguins, clean out a casino, and find themselves pursued by the series' first human antagonist, Frances McDormand's French animal control inspector, Chantal DuBois. An unstoppable Terminatrix who's desperate to put Alex's head on her wall of furry fame, DuBois is a hilarious - if not entirely politically correct - creation, and is often the source of the film's best jokes, whether it's her unflappability and Matrix-like reactions in the insane Monte Carlo car chase (the car, of course, being driven by the penguins), or a slew of great sight gags as the action moves to Italy and she outwits a succession of bumbling local polizia. As our heroes elude DuBois by joining a ramshackle travelling circus peopled - or should that be animated? - by deadbeat rejects desperate to recapture past glories, the pace continues to zip along, and the new characters - including Bryan Cranston as a sinister tiger with hidden depths - blend well with the existing set. In fact, if anything, the original quartet are given short shrift during the second half of the movie, bar Stiller's Alex and Sacha Baron Cohen's demented lemur, King Julien XIII, who bags arguably the movie's funniest scenes as he embarks upon a beautiful and ill-considered inter-species love affair. In many ways, that ever-so-slightly-wrong subplot is a perfect example of why Madagascar 3 is a movie that Pixar, for all it virtues, simply couldn't make. There are no wholesome message here, and any "be the best you can be" moments feel like half-hearted sops. Instead, this is a gleefully joyous, zany and anarchic animation where the chief issue confronted is an old one that's gripped comedians from time immemorial: simply put, make 'em laugh. While it may blunder down the odd comedy cul-de-sac, Madagascar 3 is often inspired and very, very funny.

- deano, Sunday, February 10, 2013

1 star

My immediate reaction to Madagascar 3 was 'Was this written by a 7 year old'?. The answer is no, it was written by Noah Baumbach! Double-u tee haitch! The story was awful. The laughs came few and far between and weren't all that funny. The only thing I enjoyed was Martin Short's Stefano. It felt like a vehicle for a video game more than anything and a lazy 3rd 'people will go see it whether it's good or not' cash in.

- SirPant, Monday, May 13, 2013

1 star

My immediate reaction to Madagascar 3 was 'Was this written by a 7 year old'?. The answer is no, it was written by Noah Baumbach! Double-u tee haitch! The story was awful. The laughs came few and far between and weren't all that funny. The only thing I enjoyed was Martin Short's Stefano. It felt like a vehicle for a video game more than anything and a lazy 3rd 'people will go see it whether it's good or not' cash in.

- SirPant, Monday, May 13, 2013