• PG, 2 hr. 6 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Cameron Crowe
    In Theaters:
    Dec 23, 2011 Wide
    On DVD:
    Apr 3, 2012
  • 20th Century Fox


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We Bought a Zoo Reviews

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Jack Giroux
Film School Rejects

Crowe, who aims high to plant a big smile on your face, does so here more than competently.

Full Review Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: B+

August 11, 2014
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood

Packed with too many storylines, this drama feels like a zoo indeed.

Full Review Source: Big Hollywood | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 30, 2013
Cara Nash
FILMINK (Australia)

...this is packed with all the warmth, heart and humanity that one has come to expect from a Cameron Crowe film.

Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)

October 24, 2012
Ben Kendrick

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.

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

October 1, 2012
Kristal Cooper
We Got This Covered

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.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 4.5/10

September 15, 2012
William Bibbiani

Might be a stereotypical 'family movie,' but it's still a good one.

Full Review Source: CraveOnline | Original Score: 8/10

August 22, 2012
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses

full review at Movies for the Masses

Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses | Original Score: 3/5

April 27, 2012
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

The film is a button-pusher, but it is so in the nicest way possible.

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 3/5

April 18, 2012
James Plath
Movie Metropolis

A few more animal encounters and fewer grief sessions would have been nice, but it's still a solid family film.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 7/10

April 7, 2012
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest

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.

Full Review Source: Movie Dearest | Original Score: C

April 3, 2012
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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.

Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 23, 2012
Tara Brady
Irish Times

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.

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

March 19, 2012

A mushy metaphor for what it takes to bring a "Cameron Crowe movie" to the big screen.

Full Review Source: Scotsman | Original Score: 2/5

March 19, 2012
Philip French
Observer [UK]

There is no harm in it and not a single surprise.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

March 18, 2012
Shaun Munro
What Culture

The shameless manipulation on display here makes one wonder where Cameron Crowe's talent has gone.

Full Review Source: What Culture | Original Score: 2.5/5

March 18, 2012
Jason Best
Movie Talk

While the creatures may be dangerous, Jerry Maguire director Cameron Crowe definitely plays things safe.

Full Review Source: Movie Talk

March 16, 2012
David Sexton
This is London

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.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 3/5

March 16, 2012
Alex Zane
Sun Online

Superficially very charming, this lacks depth but is still a pleasant and moving distraction.

Full Review Source: Sun Online | Original Score: 3/5

March 16, 2012

Liverpool Echo

We Bought A Zoo is Crowe at his most mawkish and cliched.

Full Review Source: Liverpool Echo

March 16, 2012
Mark Adams
Daily Mirror [UK]

For all the movie's cute kids and sentimentality, [Damon] is the warm-hearted and convincing heart of this uplifting flick.

Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK] | Original Score: 4/5

March 15, 2012
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