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Based on 20 Reviews
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  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Compelling. show more

  • 80
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    Whether meaning to or not, Devor and his accomplished crew expand our concept of the documentary film, which relegates this documentary to art houses, not porn theaters. show more

  • 100
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Bold and unforgettable meditation on a truly bizarre incident that pokes at the very heart of one of our culture's biggest taboos. show more

  • 75
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    Devor's sympathy for both the men and the animals is humane, yet his movie is palpably sad. A sense of shame cuts through all the ambiguity. You know less about what you've watched when Zoo is over than you did when it started. And that's what makes the movie so hard to shake. show more

  • 63
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    To what degree does Zoo test our limits of tolerance? In the end, not much, which is why Devor's strange, carefully composed objet d'art is a limited achievement. show more

  • 50
    Glenn Kenny Premiere

    Constructing the narrative (made up mostly of dramatic reenactments, although given the static nature of many of the scenes, the word "dramatic" is pushing it) obliquely, Devor and co-writer Charles Mudede weave in the thread concerning the individual referred to as "Mr. Hands" into the film almost casually. show more

  • 38
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    A bizarre quasi-documentary that more or less tries to rationalize bestiality as a harmless quirk. show more

  • 40
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle

    Time and again, Devor sabotages his own attempt to bring "zoos," literally and figuratively, into the light. show more

  • 83
    Shawn Levy Portland Oregonian

    The result is an immersive experience that never forgets the basic facts of the story but attempts with a level head and open mind to understand how in the world it might happen. show more

  • 75
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    The surprise of this locally produced, stylized documentary is that it could leave you wishing it had told a little bit more. show more

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