Setting a high standard for cartoon comedy, this film is almost too good for kids.
—Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune
In animation, the next best thing to a grand vision is crack comic timing. The third chapter...has timing up the wazoo.
—Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly
Pushes cartoon mayhem to its insane apogee... In circus terms, it's like a guy who's shot out of a cannon and lands on a high wire in a perfect pirouette.
—Richard Corliss TIME Magazine
Grabs you up for a brightly colored, fast-action odyssey full of energy and pizzazz — and never lets go.
—Kathleen Murphy MSN Movies
Like its predecessors, is mostly about the ups and downs of friendship of the playground variety — the better to keep little ones giggling, which they will.
—Betsy Sharkey Los Angeles Times
Severs the DreamWorks toon franchise's ties to reality entirely and emerges none the worse for it. Good-humored and endearing, full of energy and color (sometimes neon).
—Justin Chang Variety
Plot devices and developments appear out of nowhere, in a throw-it-at-the-wall-and-see-what-sticks approach. It's silly, and it's lazy.
—Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic
If you typically check the ingredients on the stuff you feed your kids, here is what you'll find in "Madagascar 3: jokes, Katy Perry music and less than 2 percent of character development and emotional warmth.
—Rafer Guzman Newsday
It incorporates even more riotous movement and cacophonous sound than its predecessors, more characters than you can reasonably track, more locations than a Bourne film (Africa to Monte Carlo to Rome to London to New York), and an extra dimension (3-D, natch).
—Eric Hynes Village Voice
Can't upgrade its own shtick, becoming a craven example of a fast-buck, no-fun family film.
—Joe Neumaier New York Daily News