Zoo Reviews

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Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
September 21, 2007
The legacy of Chris Marker weeps when the future of essay filmmaking looks like a feature-length commercial for Ambien.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
May 10, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
February 27, 2007
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 | Original Score: C-
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
April 25, 2007
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
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
May 1, 2007
This nightmare-inducing film is as dark and lurid in tone as the mind of its maker.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Kim Voynar
Cinematical
February 18, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
April 26, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 26, 2007
[The filmmakers] insist, none too convincingly, that animals are capable of consenting to fulfilling their sexual needs. Wilburrrrr!!
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Mark Bell
Film Threat
February 6, 2007
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 | Original Score: 0.5/5
April 30, 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 | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
May 29, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ray Greene
Boxoffice Magazine
March 10, 2007
Zoo is a documentary doomed to remain forever biased and incomplete until somebody figures out how to interview a horse.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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David Ansen
Newsweek
April 24, 2007
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.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 3, 2007
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 | Original Score: C
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
May 11, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
May 24, 2007
Zoo would be laughable if it weren't in such bad taste.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
June 2, 2007
Time and again, Devor sabotages his own attempt to bring 'zoos,' literally and figuratively, into the light.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
November 2, 2007
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 | Original Score: C+
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Chicago Reader
May 10, 2007
Devor's moody style (silhouettes, reenactments, an ominously throbbing score) only heightens the sleazy Dateline NBC feel.

Los Angeles Daily News
May 26, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
October 18, 2008
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 30, 2007
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