Mr. Popper's Penguins Reviews

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Will Leitch
Deadspin
June 22, 2013
Even minor Carrey is undeniably entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 4, 2013
Kid-friendly, if not exactly potty-trained.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
May 12, 2012
Popper is just a pooper.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
December 29, 2011
In a desert of "family films," it stands out as a surprising oasis.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
December 20, 2011
grown-ups will quickly become annoyed with the squawking, the poorly conceived penguin names and the copious amount of penguin poop
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jason Best
Movie Talk
December 20, 2011
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.
James Luxford
The National
September 1, 2011
familiarity only adds to the feeling that this is just another Carrey movie
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Michael A. Smith
MediaMikes
August 16, 2011
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Andrew Simpson
Fan The Fire
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Mike McCahill
Scotsman
August 15, 2011
Vanilla Ice over the closing credits? Pretty much perfect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
August 7, 2011
The laughter is intermittent and is ultimately overwhelmed by a wave of sentimentality.
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
August 5, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
August 5, 2011
Sadly, this is a one-joke film which Carrey cannot keep afloat...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Catherine Jones
Liverpool Echo
August 5, 2011
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.
Derek Malcolm
This is London
August 5, 2011
It's not an awful film but, in the end, it's nothing much at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
August 4, 2011
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Alex Zane
Sun Online
August 4, 2011
This is Jim at his most Carrey-esque, back in Ace Ventura territory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
August 4, 2011
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 | Original Score: 1/5
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
August 4, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
August 4, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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