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Zoo Reviews

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Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine

The legacy of Chris Marker weeps when the future of essay filmmaking looks like a feature-length commercial for Ambien.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

September 21, 2007
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Devor has an eye; this is clear. If he trades some of the poetry for a little prose next time out, he'll really have something, whatever his subject.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 10, 2007
Eric D. Snider

Unusually classy, but it's also ponderous and boring -- which is something I didn't think a movie about a man who died from having sex with a horse could be.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: C-

February 27, 2007
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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Zoo is, to a large extent, about the rhetorical uses of beauty. It is, rather more coyly, also about a man who died after having sex with a stallion.

| Original Score: 2.5/5

April 25, 2007
Cole Smithey

This nightmare-inducing film is as dark and lurid in tone as the mind of its maker.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: D

May 1, 2007
Kim Voynar

Devor's' style as a filmmaker is visual and almost impressionistic, and he seems as enamored of the beauty of the landscape and the snow-capped volcano hovering protectively over Enumclaw as he does by his subject matter.

Full Review Source: Cinematical | Original Score: 2.5/5

February 18, 2007
Gene Seymour
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As artful and delicate as director Robinson Devor tries to be with his documentary's disorienting material, the enterprise bogs down from the weight of its artistic intent and mannered methods.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 26, 2007
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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[The filmmakers] insist, none too convincingly, that animals are capable of consenting to fulfilling their sexual needs. Wilburrrrr!!

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 26, 2007
Mark Bell
Film Threat

In the context of Zoo, you're usually too busy trying not to fall asleep due to the score, or trying not to scream 'lighten up' at the people onscreen, to really allow the visuals the proper respect they deserve.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 0.5/5

February 6, 2007

The movie consists of scripted reenactments, and is cast largely with actors, but what is the point of it? It's so neutral in its assessment of these men, so fastidiously even-handed, that it's virtually immaterial to the subject. On the one hand, the men

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

April 30, 2007
Matthew Turner

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

May 29, 2008
Ray Greene
Boxoffice Magazine

Zoo is a documentary doomed to remain forever biased and incomplete until somebody figures out how to interview a horse.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/5

March 10, 2007
David Ansen
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Zoo avoids any taint of exploitation, but it errs on the opposite extreme. I came away from it wanting a little less Art and a lot more simple reportage.

Full Review Source: Newsweek

April 24, 2007
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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You could wander into this poetic documentary willing to be sympathetic toward its subject -- men who have sex with horses -- and still find Zoo cryptic and borderline bogus.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C

May 3, 2007
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Zoo, despite its elegance, teeters on a tightrope; by relying primarily on words from men who seem reluctant to talk much about what happened, it ends up having little to say.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

May 11, 2007
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Zoo would be laughable if it weren't in such bad taste.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 24, 2007
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

Time and again, Devor sabotages his own attempt to bring 'zoos,' literally and figuratively, into the light.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2/5

June 2, 2007
Emanuel Levy

Devor has made an intriguing but flawed docu about bestiality, in which the aesthtic and bizarre imagery negates his more serious and critical probation.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: C+

November 2, 2007

Chicago Reader
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Devor's moody style (silhouettes, reenactments, an ominously throbbing score) only heightens the sleazy Dateline NBC feel.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

May 10, 2007

Los Angeles Daily News

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

May 26, 2007
Peter Bradshaw
October 18, 2008

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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June 30, 2007
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