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The Zookeeper's Wife Reviews

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April 24, 2017
Although not as emotionally involving as it could have been, Chastain is as wonderful as ever as the plot revolves around her.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 23, 2017
It's two hours of sturdy heroism and 10 minutes of suspense at the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 23, 2017
A compelling story bolstered by engaging performances from Jessica Chastain and Daniel Brühl, let down by occasional awkward tonal shifts and clumsy plotting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 23, 2017
Caro floods the film's frames with light, resulting in a film far prettier than expected, but more sanitised too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 21, 2017
The Zookeeper's Wife tells an amazing true story, there are some remarkable set-pieces ... and who can honestly begrudge Chastain, a fine actress, a rare chance to emulate the great Meryl, and Streepishly deliver her lines in a sing-song Polish accent?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 21, 2017
A film that is worthy and well made rather than exceptional.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 20, 2017
It's impossible not to be moved, even with such a polite rendering of events that, in the end, finds hope for the human species.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 12, 2017
Amazing True Story of Courage and Love
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 8, 2017
'The Zookeeper's Wife,' based on the non-fiction book by Diane Ackerman, is a poignant tale of survival that happened at the Warsaw Zoo in 1939 when Hitler invaded Poland and on through the early 1940s.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 6, 2017
Despite its flaws, The Zookeeper's Wife is the kind of handsomely-mounted melodrama that will inspire many to bemoan the fact that they don't make them like this anymore.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 6, 2017
Despite its inadequacies, however, The Zookeeper's Wife conveys a tale of courage and opposition to authority that provides valuable inspiration for any era.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 5, 2017
The whole enterprise would be unbearably stiff were it not for Chastain, one of our sturdiest and most empathetic actors, wielding her incredible jawline like a weapon itself -- Antonina is often afraid, but her bravery is unwavering.
April 5, 2017
It doesn't burn through the conscience and haunt you forever like Schindler's List, but in spite of its laid-back reluctance to shock and horrify, it's never trivial or boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 4, 2017
Niki Caro breaks out of the genre and emerges with a truly moving and original film. She uses the familiar structure of survival and rescue, but her focus is on the mechanics of cruelty itself in an unlikely setting.
April 3, 2017
A portrait in courage told through the true story of a Polish couple who saved hundreds of Jews during World War II.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
April 2, 2017
How zookeeper Jan Zabinski and his wife, Antonina, pulled this off is as remarkable as it is inspiring, but "The Zookeeper's Wife" seldom does their story justice.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
April 1, 2017
Caro's overall approach to the film finds a respectable balance between horror, preaching, and sentimentality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 1, 2017
The Zookeeper's Wife is an accomplished picture, offering a fascinating history lesson even as it remains wholly topical.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 31, 2017
Gripping adaption... honors Poles who risked death to help Jews and resist [Nazis]...Zabinskis well-deserved this exciting cinematic tribute...without fictional challenges.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
March 31, 2017
The film is the latest to look at the evils committed during World War II but feels fresh because Caro keeps the focus on small moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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