The best thing about Mr Popper's Penguins is that it makes no discernible sense.
| Original Score: 3/5
[Carrey's] face performs gymnastic, nay pyroclastic, spasms while the voice cracks gags as a top chef cracks eggs: quickly, expertly, instantly separating, when possible, the joke from the runny stuff.
Raises the odd chortle but is unlikely to appeal to anyone over 10.
It's not an unwatchable film, it's just that, like the flightless birds, it never manages to take off.
| Original Score: 2/5
This is ultimately standard family fare that will keep children happy without really making a lasting impression.
Holy mother of pearl, talk about superficial claptrap!
Enjoyable family comedy that sticks to the predictable formula but succeeds thanks to a witty script, several great gags, impressive penguin effects and a superb comic performance from Jim Carrey.
Like a bottle of cola that's lost its fizz, Mr Popper's Penguins is flat and sickly sweet.
Sweet-natured, undemanding family fun.
Carrey fans will be let down by the rubber-faced one playing straight man to a pack of penguins. While kids may find the plot p-p-past its sell-by date.
Overall Carrey is wasted in this film, which is overtly geared towards children with its broad humour and thick sentiment.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
(This) lightweight piece of family fluff will be amusing only to people who think the idea of a penguin pooping is hilarious. So under 10s, basically.
The frontrunner for worst film of Carrey's career.
| Original Score: 1/4
Feathery fun, you know, for kids. And penguins.
| Original Score: 3
If Mom was still alive, she would be as mad as a wet hen. Or maybe a dry penguin.
Mark Waters plants his camera and mostly lets Jim Carrey work his comedic schtick (and, thankfully, his dramatic chops) in Mr. Popper's Penguins.
The director, Mark Waters, moves things briskly along and lets the charming absurdity of penguin behavior rise to its inherently good-natured heights.
For all its slickness and occasional fakery, it works because deep down it's jangling a universal nerve that is worth jangling
I haven't laughed as much for a long time; Mr Popper's Penguins has the cute factor, is hilariously funny and its heart is ... warm
Divorced or office-bound parents, beware: A kid who figures out the film's underlying message may just start asking for a puppy, or a pony.
| Original Score: 4/10