Mr. Popper's Penguins - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Mr. Popper's Penguins Reviews

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James Luxford
The National (UAE)
September 1, 2011
familiarity only adds to the feeling that this is just another Carrey movie
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Andrew Simpson
Fan The Fire
August 16, 2011
Hollywood might be trying to tell us that the answer to a midlife crisis is pets, not Prozac, but those behind the camera could certainly do with a little something to perk them up a bit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Grae Drake
June 19, 2011
This movie is definitely for young kids--anyone over the age of 8 will be insulted by how predictable it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Mathew DeKinder
Suburban Journals of St. Louis
June 17, 2011
A bland family film where your struggle with consciousness will be the most exciting thing happening in the theater.
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Ebert Presents At The Movies
June 20, 2011
Not nearly as dismal as it could have been.
Matt Neal
The Standard
July 7, 2011
(This) lightweight piece of family fluff will be amusing only to people who think the idea of a penguin pooping is hilarious. So under 10s, basically.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
June 16, 2011
A formulaic family comedy with little to offer other than prepackaged life lessons and Carrey going through the motions of lame slapstick and a half-hearted catch phrase.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
July 15, 2011
Overall Carrey is wasted in this film, which is overtly geared towards children with its broad humour and thick sentiment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 16, 2011
It's not very good, but it works better than it has any right to because Carrey never ever phones it in.
| Original Score: 2/4
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 4, 2013
Kid-friendly, if not exactly potty-trained.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Margot Harrison
Seven Days
June 24, 2011
Divorced or office-bound parents, beware: A kid who figures out the film's underlying message may just start asking for a puppy, or a pony.
| Original Score: 4/10
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
August 5, 2011
Sadly, this is a one-joke film which Carrey cannot keep afloat...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Roz Laws
Birmingham Post
August 4, 2011
It's not an unwatchable film, it's just that, like the flightless birds, it never manages to take off.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Catherine Jones
Liverpool Echo
August 5, 2011
A saccharine family-oriented comedy, which hammers home the central message about parental responsibility and love triumphing over adversity with all the tenderness of a nasty case of frostbite.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 16, 2011
Mr. Popper's Penguins is a stupefying dumb family movie proving that penguins have limited charisma as pets.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
June 18, 2011
Not a classic by any means, but Mr. Popper's Penguins does manage to provide some mildly, entertaining family fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robert Levin
Critic's Notebook
June 16, 2011
The message of valuing family over work feels half-baked because the film defines doing the right thing as breaking penguins out of a zoo and harboring them in a high-rise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
June 16, 2011
A film that can't seem to buy into its own strident message of "family first," possibly because to prove your love, you apparently have to risk the wrath of everyone from your co-op board to PETA.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
June 14, 2011
Fervently panders to an under-10 audience with Carrey's main requirement only to mug in a variety of reaction shots to his beaked sidekicks' mischievous hijinks and to provide name-brand legitimacy to a dim and unfunny project.
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Eric D. Snider
June 17, 2011
Such a brazenly moronic and uninspired example of a family movie that you'd swear it was a parody of brazenly moronic and uninspired family movies.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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