Alex (Ben Stiller) and friends join a traveling circus.
" Cascading, colorful 3-D performance sequences are sufficiently dazzling that you'll forgive the bajillionth soundtrack sampling of "Firework." "
" Despite a script co-written by Noah Baumbach, "Madagascar 3" can't upgrade its own shtick, becoming a craven example of a fast-buck, no-fun family film. "
" A fun and fast family entertainment. "
" Your brain goes breathless and giddy struggling to keep up. "
" From time to time the improbable occurs: A sequel outdoes its original. "
" Set at a frenzied pace meant to connote fun, it mostly feels like a frenetic spectacle. "
" "Madagascar 3" is all about exuberant motion, cute characters and gorgeous colors. It aims for the eyes, not the heart. "
" A riot of splashy colors, silly 3-D gimmicks, big, broad kid-friendly gags - and those professionally pesky penguins. "
" 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. "
" I have to give props to a movie that ascends from eccentricity to insanity without losing its footing. "
" What might be barely tolerable in a seven-minute short gave me the biggest headache since "Transformers: Dark of the Moon.'' "
" It's silly, and it's lazy. And yet, again, it's pretty funny. "
" The clever lines and themes of friendship and finding home are almost completely overwhelmed here by the breathless pace and sensory overload... "
" 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. "
" This is that rare thing: a franchise that grows more winning with each instalment. "
" Kids will be stimulated. And, parents, you'll enjoy the sights. "
" 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. "
" [It] may be the best of the bunch, simply because it busts the leash that tethers it to anything resembling reality. "
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