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Kung Fu Panda 3: Critics’ Review

Finally, Po met his family in Kung Fu Panda 3, where he goes to his village and gets along with his father and other pandas. But, the return of Kai, a bad spirit warrior, in the mortal realms made a chaos in the village. Kai also steals the Qi from the Kung Fu Master, which could help him to take over all of China. To prevent Kai from that, Po constitutes a Panda army to fight against Kai’s jade minions. However, to defeat him and regain Qi, Po has to be the master Qi.

 

Kung Fu Panda 3: The Movie Undercuts its Own Undercutting – Alan Scherstuhl

 

The movie was releasing gradually, starting China, South Korea and Russia on January 23. Later, on January 29, it was released in United States and Canada. And at last at United Kingdom on March 11.

 

Let’s have a quick look on the reviews for a while:

 

CineVue – Jamie Neish                                                                                               Mar 29, 2016

The stakes are upped and character count doubled, but this doesn’t mean attention to detail is spared. The visuals are sublime with different animation styles used to tell different stories.

 

The Guardian – Alex Needham                                                                                   Mar 29, 2016

This is a visually sumptuous kids’ film that will also charm adults.

 

The Telegraph – Tim Robey                                                                                       Mar 29, 2016

All the best parts of the movie are transitions and montages, jazzing up the video-game-ish plot with mock-heroic exuberance. The summer ahead is looking madly stuffed with talking animals, but Po has jammed his bulging frame through first, and done it with style.

 

Empire – Olly Richards                                                                                                Mar 7, 2016

Rather than the cynical ‘one last grab’ of the series, Kung Fu Panda 3 might actually be the best. Also, and this is so rarely the case that it’s worth mentioning, it deserves to be seen in 3D.

 

The Globe and Mail (Toronto) – Kate Taylor                                                             Feb 14, 2016

From a sympathetic perspective, let me say that sequel No. 3 shows how difficult it is to keep these franchises fresh while remaining true to their initial charm.

 

Chicago Sun-Times – Bill Zwecker                                                                           Feb 11, 2016

I think the secret to the appeal of the entire “Kung Fu Panda” franchise is the enormous affection we feel for Po, that seemingly bumbling good guy who also can rise to the occasion and showcase true heroism and mystical power.

 

The Seattle Times – Soren Andersen                                                                          Feb 11, 2016

Martial-arts action, excitingly mounted, is all part of the package as Po battles a glowering, green-eyed bull (J.K. Simmons) and tries to whip peaceable pandakind into a fighting force to defeat the villain. One-liners fly as fast as kung-fu fisticuffs in this sweet and satisfying picture.

 

Time Out New York – Anna King                                                                                  Feb 9, 2016

Visually though, Kung Fu Panda 3 is a candy-colored 3-D treat.

 

Time – Stephanie Zacharek                                                                               Feb 9, 2016

Mostly, Kung Fu Panda 3 is just fun.

 

ReelViews – James Berardinelli                                                                                   Feb 1, 2016

Like most sequels, it pacifies its core demographic by offering “more of the same.” To that extent, it can be said to be successful.

 

Movie Nation – Roger Moore                                                                                         Feb 1, 2016

Plays as a franchise out of ideas, out of jokes and more naked about its real place in the film firmament –as panda pandering to the enormous Chinese movie market.

 

Los Angeles Times – Gary Goldstein                                                                           Jan 28, 2016

A beautifully rendered, lovingly constructed action-comedy that’s sure to please kids and adults alike.

 

New York Post – Lou Lumenick                                                                               Jan 28, 2016

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.

 

Wall Street Journal – Joe Morgenstern                                                                      Jan 28, 2016

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.

 

Boston Globe – Tom Russo                                                                                        Jan 28, 2016

A story that builds toward Po training an army of his panda brethren fails to deliver exponentially greater fun.

 

Arizona Republic – Bill Goodykoontz                                                                          Jan 28, 2016

If directors Alessandro Carloni and Jennifer Yuh don’t reinvent the panda-as-martial-artist wheel, they avoid making the story seem stale. The terrific animation helps, of course.

 

Philadelphia Inquirer – Tirdad Derakhshani                                                               Jan 28, 2016

It’s easy to mistake the simplicity of plot and theme here for simple-mindedness – this isn’t Pynchon or Proust. Kung Fu Panda 3 has the economy of a Zen koan, not to mention its inner harmony and wisdom.

 

San Francisco Chronicle – Peter Hartlaub                                                                  Jan 28, 2016

Kung Fu Panda 3 has a moment or two for everyone, but no chance develop any character beyond a single dimension.

 

The New York Times – Neil Genzlinger                                                                      Jan 28, 2016

Lots of comedic fight scenes break up the story’s more somber stretches, and the animation, especially in 3-D, is simply gorgeous.

 

New York Daily News – Katherine Pushkar                                                                Jan 27, 2016

Once upon a time, Black’s charisma might have been enough to carry the movie.

 

The A.V. Club – Ignatiy Vishnevetsky                                                                        Jan 27, 2016

Kung Fu Panda 3 is Kung Fu Panda minus a dramatic arc, but with way more pandas.

 

Tampa Bay Times – Steve Persall                                                                                Jan 27, 2016

A singular look, an exemplary vocal cast, and a narrative arc like a caress. That’ll be the Kung Fu Panda franchise’s legacy, the idea that shouldn’t have worked but did, beautifully and with its own chi.

 

USA Today – Brian Truitt                                                                                            Jan 27, 2016

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.

 

Village Voice – Alan Scherstuhl                                                                                 Jan 26, 2016

The movie undercuts its own undercutting.

 

TheWrap – Alonso Duralde                                                                                          Jan 18, 2016

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.

 

Screen International – Tim Grierson                                                                       Jan 16, 2016

Fitfully amusing and certainly heartfelt, this latest chapter in the likeable animated saga will work best with younger viewers, but its life lessons and emotional beats feel slathered on rather than deftly woven into the storyline.

 

The Hollywood Reporter – Michael Rechtshaffen                                                     Jan 16, 2016

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.

 

Variety – Justin Chang                                                                                                  Jan 16, 2016

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.

 

Yet received some average reviews, the film was commercially successful, gaining $521 million worldwide.

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