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Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011)


Average Rating: 5.2/10
Reviews Counted: 141
Fresh: 67
Rotten: 74

Critics Consensus: Blandly inoffensive and thoroughly predictable, Mr. Popper's Penguins could have been worse -- but it should have been better.

Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 38
Fresh: 18
Rotten: 20

Critics Consensus: Blandly inoffensive and thoroughly predictable, Mr. Popper's Penguins could have been worse -- but it should have been better.


Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 67,469


Movie Info

In this family comedy, Jim Carrey is Mr. Popper, a driven businessman who is clueless when it comes to the important things in life - until he inherits six penguins. Popper's penguins turn his swank New York apartment into a snowy winter wonderland - and the rest of his life upside-down. Filmed on a refrigerated soundstage with real Emperor Penguins, Mr. Popper's Penguins is a contemporary adaptation of the classic book. -- (C)Fox

PG (for mild rude humor and some language)
Comedy , Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By:
John Morris (XIX) , John Morris , Sean Anders , Jared Stern
In Theaters:
Dec 6, 2011
Box Office:
20th Century Fox - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Mr. Popper's Penguins

All Critics (141) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (67) | Rotten (74) | DVD (3)

Holy mother of pearl, talk about superficial claptrap!

Full Review… | August 3, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

The director, Mark Waters, moves things briskly along and lets the charming absurdity of penguin behavior rise to its inherently good-natured heights.

Full Review… | June 27, 2011
New Yorker
Top Critic

The good news is that, even though one must pace oneself through the dull parts, usually involving Mr. Popper's dullish family, [Carrey's] in pretty good form whenever he's getting physical

Full Review… | June 22, 2011
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

Such a brazenly moronic and uninspired example of a family movie that you'd swear it was a parody of brazenly moronic and uninspired family movies.

Full Review… | June 17, 2011
Top Critic

Why is Jim Carrey standing around watching penguins be funny? Why isn't he in a movie where Jim Carrey is funny?

Full Review… | June 17, 2011
Detroit News
Top Critic

Jim Carrey's farts-and-flippers comedy, which, though exceedingly dumb, is at least very smart about what appeals to 4- to 10-year-old kids, fans of Happy Feet, March of the Penguins, and YouTube animal videos.

Full Review… | June 17, 2011
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Even minor Carrey is undeniably entertaining.

Full Review… | June 22, 2013

Kid-friendly, if not exactly potty-trained.

Full Review… | January 4, 2013
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Popper is just a pooper.

Full Review… | May 12, 2012
Sin Magazine

In a desert of "family films," it stands out as a surprising oasis.

Full Review… | December 29, 2011
Movie Metropolis

grown-ups will quickly become annoyed with the squawking, the poorly conceived penguin names and the copious amount of penguin poop

Full Review… | December 20, 2011
7M Pictures

Look out for perky Brit Ophelia Lovibond, who provides a perfectly pleasing performance as Popper's alliteration-prone assistant, Pippi, who peppers her pronouncements with a profusion of p's.

Full Review… | December 20, 2011
Movie Talk

familiarity only adds to the feeling that this is just another Carrey movie

Full Review… | September 1, 2011
The National

Director Waters, who knows his way around young adult fare having directed such films as the 2003 version of "Freaky Friday" and "The Spiderwick Chronicles," again shows a keen eye for finding humor in everyday life

Full Review… | August 16, 2011

Hollywood might be trying to tell us that the answer to a midlife crisis is pets, not Prozac, but those behind the camera could certainly do with a little something to perk them up a bit.

Full Review… | August 16, 2011
Fan The Fire

Vanilla Ice over the closing credits? Pretty much perfect.

Full Review… | August 15, 2011

The laughter is intermittent and is ultimately overwhelmed by a wave of sentimentality.

Full Review… | August 7, 2011
Observer [UK]

Much of the plotting is perfunctory but the slap-stick is fun and Carrey, toning down his usually mugging, shrewdly lets the penguins steal the show.

Full Review… | August 5, 2011
Daily Express

Sadly, this is a one-joke film which Carrey cannot keep afloat...

Full Review… | August 5, 2011
Birmingham Mail

A saccharine family-oriented comedy, which hammers home the central message about parental responsibility and love triumphing over adversity with all the tenderness of a nasty case of frostbite.

Full Review… | August 5, 2011
Liverpool Echo

It's not an awful film but, in the end, it's nothing much at all.

Full Review… | August 5, 2011
This is London

Carrey can single-handedly kill a good comedy with his OTT shtick, but this time he reins it in and the film is all the better for it.

Full Review… | August 4, 2011
Daily Mirror [UK]

This is Jim at his most Carrey-esque, back in Ace Ventura territory.

Full Review… | August 4, 2011
Sun Online

Remember Adam Sandler in Click? Robin Williams in Hook? Eddie Murphy in The Haunted Mansion? Then congratulations, you've already seen this movie.

Full Review… | August 4, 2011
Daily Mail [UK]

Jim Carrey's latest is a perfectly pleasant if predictable picture about a part-time pop who learns his priorites after receiving a package of penguins.

Full Review… | August 4, 2011
Eye for Film

As family entertainment for the summer holidays it isn't bad, and Britain's Ophelia Lovibond does well as Popper's perky assistant, though Carrey is fundamentally subdued.

Full Review… | August 4, 2011

Audience Reviews for Mr. Popper's Penguins

After reading up on Richard Atwater's original story it is clear to see it would need updating for a modern retelling. However, any magic Atwater's 1939 novel had was urinated on, frozen and sold to kids as a new flavour of Popsicle. I like Penguins, you like Penguins, we like Penguins and so film producers like Penguins. Penguins equal money at the box office, so you could probably make a badly written film that was loosely based on a much loved kids story, stick the most irritating man in the lead role, make misjudged suggestions on ideology, marriage and the difficulties of parenthood (because Kids just love hearing about how hard it is to have kids, be a grown-up, get divorced etc), include poor quality CGI and a sickeningly sweet (not to mention pointless) sub-plot about a restaurant and you'll probably still make money. If you think that buying a child a Penguin to make up for missing their school performances because you selfishly have to work for a living is fun idea I think you need to recheck the definition of fun. If you think that you have to somehow make it up to your kids for missing their school performances/sporting events etc because you selfishly have to work for a living then you are a fool, this film is all yours!

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

Silly and puerile but little kids may like it.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


Just because is with Jim Carrey, doesn't mean that it's funny.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer


Absolutely adorable. Funny. Charming. Jim Carrey at his best!!

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

Mr. Popper's Penguins Quotes

Animal Control Guy:
Yeah, I only pick up the dead ones.
– Submitted by Matthew R (23 months ago)
Mr. Popper:
Dear Lord, thank you for the food we are about to eat. Please use your mighty power, to stop the melting of the polar ice caps. Amen.
– Submitted by Angela T (2 years ago)
Yipes! Penguins!
– Submitted by David A (2 years ago)
Mr. Popper:
Hello! I have to send the penguins back.
Voice of Antarctic Friend:
Mr. Popper:
Yes, send penguins.
– Submitted by Nick S (2 years ago)
Mr. Popper:
That's not cute.
– Submitted by Ben R (3 years ago)
Mr. Popper:
Why are you hitting yourself? That's not attractive for a zoo official.
– Submitted by Fern S (3 years ago)

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