• 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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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
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
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
Philip French
Observer [UK]

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

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

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

Empire Magazine

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

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
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
Peter Bradshaw

It's an easy-going, likable film.

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

March 15, 2012
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
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
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
Mark Kermode
BBC Radio Five Live
March 27, 2012
Richard Roeper
March 10, 2012
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