Home > Movie > W > We Bought a Zoo > Reviews

We Bought a Zoo Reviews

We Bought a Zoo


Genre :


Release Date :

December 23, 2011

MPAA Rating :


Director :

Cameron Crowe

Starring :

Matt Damon, Thomas Haden Church, Scarlett Johansson, Elle Fanning, Patrick Fugit, Angus MacFadyen, John Michael Higgins, Colin Ford

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  5 of 5 [Rate It]

2 of 5

“..unsuccessful mix of heavy emotions and whimsical lightness that strives to be both a film about family and a family film..”
by Mark Olsen [Boxoffice Magazine]
“..unevenly paced, its poignancy and joyfulness exercise a stealth impact..”
by David Rooney [Hollywood Reporter]
3 of 4

“..there are a couple of moments where the sentiment turns into sap and could have been trimmed..”
by Scott Nash [Three Movie Buffs]
Review rate : C

“..the ups and downs of survival while hanging on by their fingernails are too linear for spontaneity and the happy ending is nothing short of contrived..”
by Rex Reed [New York Observer]
2 of 5

“..the unfocused movie finds whimsical solutions to the incredible challenges the Mee family faces..”
by Radheyan Simonpillai [NOW Toronto]
Review rate : C+

“..the movie's emotional moments don't register very strongly..”
by Eric D. Snider [Film.com]
Review rate : B

“..the movie wins in its ability create a glow of giddy movie pleasure that audiences crave..”
by Cole Smithey [ColeSmithey.com]
Review rate : B

“..the movie is like Doctor Dolittle remade as a therapeutic sudser..”
by Owen Gleiberman [Entertainment Weekly]
“..shallow, empty and running on exhausted cliches..”
by Devin Faraci [Badass Digest]
“..schmaltzy to the point of being unwatchable..”
by Edward Douglas [ComingSoon.net]
“..rarely has letting go been so beautifully rendered on screen..”
by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat [Spirituality and Practice]
“..other performances don't rise above the hodgepodge of clashing themesof two who decides his family needs a fresh start and uses all his savings to buy and fix a house with a ramshackle zoo..”
by Claudia Puig [USA Today]
“..on the surface, it all sounds so terribly mawkish..”
by Robert Wilonsky [Village Voice]
Review rate : B+

“..lovely, delicate, and absolutely worth seeing with your family this holiday season..”
by Drew McWeeny [HitFix]
1 of 4

“..cliches and contrivances and corniness..”
by Nick Schager [Slant Magazine]
“..as well as comedy of any variety..”
by Rob Nelson [Variety]
Review rate : C+

“..and then there's the animal stuff, which is by turns amusing, alarming and almost always the stuff of parable, but isn't terribly oversold..”
by Glenn Kenny [MSN Movies]

Reader's Reviews

Screen Name
Rate This Movie
Please Enter   



“..Home doesn't stand out as fresh or particularly funny. There are stretches that feel flat..”
by Linda Barnard [Toronto Star]


“..Hart and Ferrell may not be Pryor and Wilder, but they score several laughs in this slim comedy..”
by Rafer Guzman [Newsday]


“..lazy and contrived retread can ever hope to be..”
by Rodrigo Perez [The Playlist]


“..Ned Rifle is top notch quirk and really exciting to watch..”
by Mike Shutt [Rope of Silicon]


“..while the story falls a bit into melodrama, that can't chop away at the solid drama the stars and director build beautifully..”
by Joe Neumaier [NY Daily News]


“..in While We're Young, writer-director Noah Baumbach gets hold of a good satirical premise and does halfway well by it, maybe even two-thirds..”
by David Edelstein [Vulture]


“..it's all very familiar in that Blair Witch kind of way, with neither the characters nor situations proving remotely interesting..”
by Frank Scheck [Hollywood Reporter]


“..the way director Kornel Mundruczo got Body and Luke to run the gamut of emotions from face-licking adorableness to teeth-baring killers baying for blood is genuinely impressive..”
by Cath Clarke [Time Out London]


“..a nearly laughless comedy that doesn't do its writer/director/stars any favors..”
by Roger Moore [Movienation]


“..has some recognizable stars, but they are trapped in a slim story padded with lots and lots of flesh-eating..”
by Neil Genzlinger [NY Times]