...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
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
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.
There is no harm in it and not a single surprise.
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.
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
It's an easy-going, likable film.
[A] cute comedy drama inspired by a true story.
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.
| Original Score: 6/10
The movie is pretty, sticky, thoroughly innocuous, and quite nice.
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.
A warm, Sunday-afternoon-in-the-park type of movie, if that's your thing.