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Mr. Popper's Penguins Reviews

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Daily Telegraph

The best thing about Mr Popper's Penguins is that it makes no discernible sense.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 3/5

August 4, 2011
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

[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.

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 3/5

August 4, 2011
Jason Goodyer
Little White Lies

Raises the odd chortle but is unlikely to appeal to anyone over 10.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 3/5

August 4, 2011
Roz Laws
Birmingham Post

It's not an unwatchable film, it's just that, like the flightless birds, it never manages to take off.

Full Review Source: Birmingham Post | Original Score: 2/5

August 4, 2011
Terry Staunton
Radio Times

This is ultimately standard family fare that will keep children happy without really making a lasting impression.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 3/5

August 4, 2011
Derek Adams
Time Out
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Holy mother of pearl, talk about superficial claptrap!

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

August 3, 2011
Matthew Turner

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.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 3/5

August 3, 2011
Simon Reynolds
Digital Spy

Like a bottle of cola that's lost its fizz, Mr Popper's Penguins is flat and sickly sweet.

Full Review Source: Digital Spy | Original Score: 2/5

August 3, 2011
James White
Empire Magazine

Sweet-natured, undemanding family fun.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

July 31, 2011
Ken McIntyre
Total Film

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.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 2/5

July 27, 2011
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy

Overall Carrey is wasted in this film, which is overtly geared towards children with its broad humour and thick sentiment.

Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy | Original Score: 2.5/5

July 15, 2011
Matt Neal
The Standard

(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.

Full Review Source: The Standard | Original Score: 2/5

July 7, 2011
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

The frontrunner for worst film of Carrey's career.

Full Review Source: Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA) | Original Score: 1/4

July 7, 2011
David Michael Brown
Empire Magazine Australasia

Feathery fun, you know, for kids. And penguins.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine Australasia | Original Score: 3

July 4, 2011
Linda Cook
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

If Mom was still alive, she would be as mad as a wet hen. Or maybe a dry penguin.

Full Review Source: KWQC-TV (Iowa) | Original Score: 1/4

July 1, 2011
Simon Foster

Mark Waters plants his camera and mostly lets Jim Carrey work his comedic schtick (and, thankfully, his dramatic chops) in Mr. Popper's Penguins.

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June 30, 2011
Bruce Diones
New Yorker
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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 Source: New Yorker

June 27, 2011
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

For all its slickness and occasional fakery, it works because deep down it's jangling a universal nerve that is worth jangling

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

June 27, 2011
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

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

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

June 27, 2011
Margot Harrison
Seven Days

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.

Full Review Source: Seven Days | Original Score: 4/10

June 24, 2011
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