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The Zookeeper's Wife Reviews

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December 28, 2017
Blending highly personal drama with the emotional trauma of the Holocaust, The Zookeeper's Wife excels in reminding that there were plenty of everyday human heroes in the Nazi resistance.
Full Review | Original Score: A
December 18, 2017
[Director Niki] Caro's film is an effective piece of war-based melodrama (I'd have jettisoned Chastain's "Polish" accent), even as it treads familiar ground.
December 1, 2017
One thing that makes this different is its perspective. Written and directed by women, the movie tells the story of a female hero, whose very heroism is the natural extension of the parts of her character that are typically perceived female.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
November 1, 2017
The Zookeeper's Wife is an incredible real life story that reminds us what makes us human - our ability to hope and rise beyond the darkness and hatred.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 24, 2017
Jessica Chastain brings this true story to life with a subtle and poignant performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.0/4
October 13, 2017
It's impossible not to be moved by SOMETHING in Zookeeper, and Caro effectively recreates the Warsaw Ghetto and its myriad horrors without sinking to exploitation or crass violence.
October 11, 2017
Highly recommended, despite the undeniable problems of the opening half hour.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 15, 2017
The Zookeeper's Wife has powerful moments, but it fails to truly convey the emotional depths of the situation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 5, 2017
The Zookeeper's Wife is a story worth telling - especially given today's political climate in the US - because it's a story of love, tolerance and courage taking on fascism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 31, 2017
The animal backdrop brings first an unexpected softness and then an alien undertow to an otherwise familiar but ever harrowing story.
Full Review | Original Score: B
August 22, 2017
The Zookeeper's Wife is a medium-grade drama that has been given the look and feel of a prestige offering.
June 30, 2017
A product full of good intentions that, fortunately, doesn't fall into tearfulness even though it could. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 28, 2017
The salvation of the film is in the wonderful performances of Chastain and Heldenbergh, on the other hand, it has some genuinely exciting moments. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 24, 2017
It is a story of selflessness and bravery I had not heard before and it surely inspires.
May 24, 2017
Chastain's performance is truly riveting and the Oscar-nominated actress shines every time she appears on screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 18, 2017
The Zookeeper's Wife is a story worth telling, and while it's not faultless, I believe it's a story Workman, Caro and Chastain have told well.
May 17, 2017
For the most part, Caro rises to the challenge, although the film is a slightly emotionless affair.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 8, 2017
The drama might feature cute creatures big and small, but it's firmly concerned with the human impact in times of conflict.
May 6, 2017
The ridiculously versatile Jessica Chastain nails it again with a terrific, touching central performance in this true-life wartime drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 5, 2017
An amazing story and movie that would not be believable if it were not based on true events.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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