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Based on 40 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 49 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Damon is extraordinary. He's heartfelt performance has a tough core of intelligence and wit. show more

  • 75
    Amy Biancolli San Francisco Chronicle

    The film is sweet. Its observations of life in the aftermath of death ring true, especially for anyone who's traveled the contours of mourning. And although it doesn't rank among Crowe's greatest films, it's a better, tighter, more disarming piece of grief work than his baggy and zigzaggy "Elizabethtown." show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    We Bought a Zoo doesn't seem to know what kind of animal it is. Is it a family melodrama, a love story, a wacky comedy, a drama about coping with grief, a feel-good film about following your dreams, or, as ads seem to indicate, a gift-wrapped animal adventure? Not surprisingly, this menagerie of genres doesn't mesh. show more

  • 60
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    A movie you want to like, and a movie you can enjoy if you cut its slackness some slack. show more

  • 63
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Often I couldn't see the character for the metaphors. show more

  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    "Field of Dreams" this ain't, and Crowe, whose "Jerry Maguire" and "Almost Famous" are justly held in high esteem, can't build the right frame here. It's neither fish nor fowl; a "guy-gets-his-life-right" rom-com runs smack into a "kids-with-animals" lark. show more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Arguably the director's least typical film, it doesn't dodge the potholes of earnest sentimentality and at times overplays the whimsy. But the uplifting tale has heart, humanity and a warmly empathetic central performance from Matt Damon. show more

  • 55

    The film has the feel of something deeply conventional that Crowe, who's also credited as a screenwriter, has tried with very mixed success to punch up with personality. show more

  • 75
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Genuinely charming, treacle-free family films are tough to find these days, so I'm happy to heartily recommend We Bought a Zoo as heartwarming holiday fare that even jaded adults can share with the kids. show more

  • 75
    Ann Hornaday Washington Post

    Provides a welcome seasonal dash of wholesomeness and humor. show more

  • July 31, 2012 pn00000000128056
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    The only good thing in this movie is my true love scarlett johansson.

  • June 27, 2012 torbert19
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    I am very upset by the bad language used in this \"family\" movie. I sat down to watch this movie with children ages 5 to 10 and it upset me deeply that you people think it ok to use this language and call it a family movie. Very Disappointed.

  • June 02, 2012 hannahbanana5998
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    Very heartfelt movie, yet touching. I wouldn\'t recommend this movie to younger children, it tended to bore mine.

  • April 11, 2012 sr00000000118364
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    Pretty good movie!

  • February 27, 2012 diesterhk
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    Loved ************ both adults and children grieving after a significant loss. The animals and supporting cast were outstanding.

  • February 27, 2012 Howard
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    Good movie...I love animals so that helps....Story was good also but I guessed the ending.....

  • February 25, 2012 Madeline
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    I thought it was great, better than some of the Oscar nominees. Just a root-for-the-underdog type movie.

  • February 17, 2012 mbrown8754
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    I took my kids to see this and was very surprised by some of the language they used. I didn\'t like having to sit through the movie and continually tell my kiddos that they shouldn\'t talk like that.

  • January 28, 2012 shoeluvr155
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    good movie

  • January 23, 2012 CuteyBeany
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    I thought this was a really cute movie. Matt Damon was great and adorable and always and so were most of the characters in the movie, including the animals.

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