• 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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Stella Papamichael
Radio Times

[A] cute comedy drama inspired by a true story.

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

March 15, 2012

I always look forward to watching director Cameron Crowe's films or should I say listen to his superior soundtracks. For this former Rolling Stone journalist, music and movies were simply born to run.

Full Review Source: UTV | Original Score: 6/10

March 15, 2012
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

The film lost me at "hallo".

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 1/5

March 15, 2012
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

The movie is pretty, sticky, thoroughly innocuous, and quite nice.

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

March 15, 2012
Graham Young
Birmingham Post

You can literally see Bourne star Matt Damon enjoying himself at the centre of this heartwarming family movie - and it will make all the difference to your appreciation of it, too.

Full Review Source: Birmingham Post | Original Score: 4/5

March 15, 2012
Dan Stewart
Little White Lies

A warm, Sunday-afternoon-in-the-park type of movie, if that's your thing.

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

March 15, 2012
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

It's engaging enough to keep us watching, but never finds any real focus.

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 3/5

March 15, 2012
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express

The picture may be too wholesome and twee for fans' of the director's edgier work like Almost Famous but it deserves to be a big hit with families.

Full Review Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 4/5

March 14, 2012
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies

It isn't the wildest safari you'll ever go on, but it has plenty of attractions to offer less cynical visitors.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 3/5

March 14, 2012
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon

Nicely written and featuring a great soundtrack, this is an unashamedly feel-good drama with terrific performances from a superb cast.

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

March 14, 2012
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Thanks to Crowe's steady hand and a talented, likeable cast, it is an appealing and family-friendly confection.

Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Original Score: B

March 13, 2012
Cath Clarke
Time Out
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Crowe, to his credit, is more concerned with insights about family than romance - and some of these are heart-on-sleeve touching if you've got a sweet tooth for the stickier stuff.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

March 13, 2012
Ian Freer
Empire Magazine

Despite Crowe's integrity and lightness of touch doesn't deliver the emotional experience of, say, Jerry Maguire or Almost Famous. Still, it is good to have the righteous dude back.

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

March 11, 2012
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Directed by the Norman Rockwell of the classic-rock set, Cameron Crowe, this overdetermined and painfully protracted movie needs more animals and less bathos ('Their happy's too loud,' the sad/wise little girl complains about some partying neighbors).

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 2/4

March 9, 2012
Andrew Lowry
Total Film

It's slight, sure, and there's a better, less-glossy film buried in the material, but warm performances redeem Crowe's agreeable return.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 3/5

March 5, 2012
Sean O'Connell
Movies.com

Crowe simply remembers how to make a sweet story. He allows his huge heart to prevail in a moving coda that, while manipulative, helped me buy into this sentimental tone poem to simple destiny.

Full Review Source: Movies.com | Original Score: 3/4

February 3, 2012
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

... the sort of slovenly assembled, paint-by-numbers time waster that doesn't even seem able to hold the director's attention.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 76/100

January 18, 2012
Neil Pond
American Profile

The soundtrack's FM '70s rock classics seem like leftovers from one of Crowe's other movies...or maybe one of his Rolling Stone cover stories.

Full Review Source: American Profile | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 17, 2012
Linda Cook
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

We Bought a Zoo," based on a true story, is an outstanding show that could, and should, bring in herds of viewers. It centers on a man who really did buy a zoo with 200 animals, on his children and on the staff that became their second family.

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

January 16, 2012
Phil Villarreal
OK! Magazine

There's an endearing, almost Fitzcarraldo-like irrational obsession to his character that keeps you from rolling your eyes as he continues his silly quest to indulge his ego.

Full Review Source: OK! Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

January 11, 2012
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