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We Bought a Zoo


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Release Date :

December 23, 2011

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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]

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by Linda Barnard [Toronto Star]


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by Joe Neumaier [NY Daily News]


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by Chris Nashawaty [Entertainment Weekly]


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by Roger Moore [Tribune News Service]


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by Katharine Pushkar [NY Daily News]


“..the camera prowls menacingly through the interiors, but the writers seem too content with their improbable conceit to bother with back story or character arcs..”
by David Parkinson [Radio Times]


“..there's plenty of entertainment value to found. Just don't expect to leave the film with a smile on your face and joy in your heart..”
by Blair Hoyle [Cinema Slasher]


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by Peter Bradshaw [The Guardian]


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