familiarity only adds to the feeling that this is just another Carrey movie
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
This movie is definitely for young kids--anyone over the age of 8 will be insulted by how predictable it is.
| Original Score: 1/5
A bland family film where your struggle with consciousness will be the most exciting thing happening in the theater.
Not nearly as dismal as it could have been.
(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.
A formulaic family comedy with little to offer other than prepackaged life lessons and Carrey going through the motions of lame slapstick and a half-hearted catch phrase.
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
It's not very good, but it works better than it has any right to because Carrey never ever phones it in.
| Original Score: 2/4
Kid-friendly, if not exactly potty-trained.
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
Sadly, this is a one-joke film which Carrey cannot keep afloat...
It's not an unwatchable film, it's just that, like the flightless birds, it never manages to take off.
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.
Mr. Popper's Penguins is a stupefying dumb family movie proving that penguins have limited charisma as pets.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Not a classic by any means, but Mr. Popper's Penguins does manage to provide some mildly, entertaining family fun.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
The message of valuing family over work feels half-baked because the film defines doing the right thing as breaking penguins out of a zoo and harboring them in a high-rise.
A film that can't seem to buy into its own strident message of "family first," possibly because to prove your love, you apparently have to risk the wrath of everyone from your co-op board to PETA.
| Original Score: D+
Fervently panders to an under-10 audience with Carrey's main requirement only to mug in a variety of reaction shots to his beaked sidekicks' mischievous hijinks and to provide name-brand legitimacy to a dim and unfunny project.
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.
| Original Score: D-