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Mr. Popper's Penguins Reviews

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Derek Adams
Time Out
August 3, 2011
Holy mother of pearl, talk about superficial claptrap!
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Bruce Diones
New Yorker
June 27, 2011
The director, Mark Waters, moves things briskly along and lets the charming absurdity of penguin behavior rise to its inherently good-natured heights.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 22, 2011
The good news is that, even though one must pace oneself through the dull parts, usually involving Mr. Popper's dullish family, [Carrey's] in pretty good form whenever he's getting physical
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Eric D. Snider
Film.com
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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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 17, 2011
Why is Jim Carrey standing around watching penguins be funny? Why isn't he in a movie where Jim Carrey is funny?
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Logan Hill
New York Magazine/Vulture
June 17, 2011
Jim Carrey's farts-and-flippers comedy, which, though exceedingly dumb, is at least very smart about what appeals to 4- to 10-year-old kids, fans of Happy Feet, March of the Penguins, and YouTube animal videos.
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
June 17, 2011
It's an old-fashioned movie, gentling its way toward satisfying familial reunion, fueled by almost always endearing penguin antics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 17, 2011
[Carrey's] always "on," even when the character is supposed to be off; by the end of the movie, there isn't a piece of scenery that doesn't bear his teethmarks.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
June 17, 2011
Carrey looks frozen out of his own movie -- a stiffer and less elastic version of the younger dynamo. He could have used some of that CGI magic himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
June 17, 2011
Fortunately, the movie throws adults a few bones along the way; this is by no means an unpleasant film to watch, and the Ice Age short that runs with it is funny, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
June 17, 2011
Carrey, who is something of a CGI peacock himself, is the best thing about the film, which should delight young audiences even as it diverts their adult handlers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
June 17, 2011
Thanks to plucky performances and some perfectly precious pets, "Mr. Poppers Penguins" provides a pleasant, if obviously packaged, pursuit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
June 17, 2011
A surprisingly touching, low-key ballad of middle-aged male regret disguised as a kiddie comedy replete with poop and fart jokes and soccer balls launched at Popper's crotch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 16, 2011
Mr. Popper's Penguins bears almost no resemblance to the classic children's book of the same name. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
June 16, 2011
"Mr. Popper's Penguins," a mildly amusing flight of fancy for the family crowd, is far better for its penguins than its Popper.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joy Tipping
Dallas Morning News
June 16, 2011
Be prepared for the oh-so-real possibility that your kid -- or your wife -- is going to want a penguin for Christmas after seeing this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 16, 2011
Everything about the idea of "Mr. Popper's Penguins" sounds lovely, and everything about the actual movie is ugly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 16, 2011
My heart was warmed by gratuitous moments when Mr. Carrey clowns for clowning's sake -- in the best of them, he makes a slo-mo entrance to a press conference, even though the camera is running at normal speed.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
June 16, 2011
Everything about it is synthetic except for the occasions in which Carrey can rouse himself from the somnolence of family-movie slop.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 16, 2011
A mildly amusing specimen of a genre that has produced some of the most unspeakable atrocities of recent cinema.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 16, 2011
A slick, soulless adaptation of the children's book classic...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 16, 2011
The film is just another slice off a very stale loaf, but it's earnest and benign. It's sometimes funny and contains no ingredients that are bad for you, unless you are allergic to sap.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
June 16, 2011
The beloved 1938 children's book about a house painter who becomes guardian to a dozen penguins has been turned into a standard-issue children's comedy with Jim Carrey.
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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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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 16, 2011
Director Waters did the "Freaky Friday" remake as well as "Mean Girls," and knows enough not to turn a slapstick melee into a headache.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 16, 2011
Waters neatly integrates trained birds and computer-generated imagery, but the warm-blooded actors are stuck with a story that refuses to fly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
June 16, 2011
What the heck became of Carrey's career as a comic genius?
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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
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
June 16, 2011
It stokes memories of an era of clever, adventurous and genuinely sweet movies for kids, on one hand, while planting a future memory of quality for today's tykes.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
June 16, 2011
Although the mix of real gentoo penguins and CGI tricksters will keep youngsters entertained, we spend a lot of time waiting for the movie to shake a tail feather.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Koehler
Variety
June 15, 2011
Following his terrific performance in the R-rated I Love You Phillip Morris, Carrey has turned to a soft PG vehicle, and shows too much strain to make the comedy viable.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
June 15, 2011
The six penguins cast in this amiable Fox family comedy steal the movie -- along with any fish they can find -- although the film's star, Jim Carrey, does manage very nicely to hold his own.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
June 15, 2011
Director Mark Waters manages to wring some charm out of the film, and out of Jim Carrey.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
June 15, 2011
All of this would be simply banal if not for Waters' surehandedness and Carrey's clever inserts. This is staccato Carrey, throwing in lines and rubbery faces in between the kid movie machinations.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
June 15, 2011
With, say, Eddie Murphy as the star, Mr. Popper's Penguins might have been a glorified paycheck contrivance. But Carrey is so naturally stylized that he coaxes the film's gentle, creature-feature insanity to life.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Kevin B. Lee
Time Out
June 15, 2011
While the story is formula cornball, director Mark Waters sells it confidently, handling the unruly antarctic denizens as amiably as he handled Lindsay Lohan in his Freaky Friday remake and Mean Girls.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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.