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‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ Reviews: Does Jack Black’s New Movie Pack A Punch?

Sat, January 30, 2016 10:00am EDT by Avery Thompson 3 Comments

Po is back and ready to take on his next big foe in ‘Kung Fu Panda 3.’ Do the ‘Kung Fu Panda’ movies keep on getting better and better, or is it time for a rest? Here’s what the critics have to say!

Kung Fu Panda 3 hit theaters on Jan. 29, and Po’s in for his biggest adventure yet. Just like the previous two Kung Fu Panda movies, the third film is fun for the whole family. With Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Bryan Cranston and Kate Hudson all on board, Kung Fu Panda 3 is a hit with the kids.

Variety

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… There is perhaps no more hackneyed kid-pic moral than the importance of finding and believing in yourself, but “Kung Fu Panda 3” has just enough conviction and pop gravitas to make even this cliche resonate anew.

Los Angeles Times

“Kung Fu Panda 3,” the latest installment in the mega-successful animated film series, brings back the chubby, chop-sockying black-and-white bear, Po, and his familiar cohorts in a beautifully rendered, lovingly constructed action-comedy that’s sure to please kids and adults alike… The actors, especially Black, Cranston and Hong, provide terrific vocal support for their highly expressive characters.

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Associated Press

Like a well-made dumpling, it’s not too heavy but not too light, has the right amount of spice, and leaves one with some appetite for the next time… Much of the appeal of the “Panda” films is, of course, the starry cast of voices, and it’s fun to try to figure out who they are. Of course, you’ll already know that Jack Black is back, and in fine shape, as Po, our rotund panda hero and reluctant Dragon Warrior.

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USA Today

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.

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