Crowe, who aims high to plant a big smile on your face, does so here more than competently.
| Original Score: B+
Packed with too many storylines, this drama feels like a zoo indeed.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
...this is packed with all the warmth, heart and humanity that one has come to expect from a Cameron Crowe film.
A muddled focus keeps We Bought a Zoo from being a guaranteed hit with kids or a captivating adult drama but there are enough compelling moments to make it worthwhile.
| Original Score: 3/5
In short, We Bought a Zoo is all bore and no roar, and while it's certainly not the worst of Crowe's career, it's far from earning its stripes as a worthy successor to his earlier films.
| Original Score: 4.5/10
Might be a stereotypical 'family movie,' but it's still a good one.
| Original Score: 8/10
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The film is a button-pusher, but it is so in the nicest way possible.
A few more animal encounters and fewer grief sessions would have been nice, but it's still a solid family film.
| Original Score: 7/10
Suffers from a case of schizophrenia; some of it is waaay too simple, cutesy and/or sappy for adults, while other scenes are too intense and adult for children.
| Original Score: C
It's something of a sweet-natured slog, peppered, as all of Crowe's films are, peppered with the pop music the former pop music journalist loves.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
It unfolds like military assault on the tear ducts. Don't know when to cry? Here comes Sigur Rós' Jónsi with an evocative sonic swoop to help you on your way.
A mushy metaphor for what it takes to bring a "Cameron Crowe movie" to the big screen.
| Original Score: 2/5
There is no harm in it and not a single surprise.
The shameless manipulation on display here makes one wonder where Cameron Crowe's talent has gone.
While the creatures may be dangerous, Jerry Maguire director Cameron Crowe definitely plays things safe.
You have to admire the thoroughness with which We Bought a Zoo - which is the film Disney would make if they still knew how - caters to the whole family.
Superficially very charming, this lacks depth but is still a pleasant and moving distraction.
We Bought A Zoo is Crowe at his most mawkish and cliched.
For all the movie's cute kids and sentimentality, [Damon] is the warm-hearted and convincing heart of this uplifting flick.
| Original Score: 4/5