We Bought a Zoo


We Bought a Zoo

Critics Consensus

We Bought a Zoo is a transparently cloying effort by director Cameron Crowe, but Matt Damon makes for a sympathetic central character.



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This holiday season, acclaimed filmmaker Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous) directs an amazing and true story about a single dad who decides his family needs a fresh start, so he and his two children move to the most unlikely of places: a zoo. With the help of an eclectic staff, and with many misadventures along the way, the family works to return the dilapidated zoo to its former wonder and glory. -- (C) Official Site

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Matt Damon
as Benjamin Mee
Scarlett Johansson
as Kelly Foster
Colin Ford
as Dylan Mee
Angus Macfadyen
as Peter MacCready
Elle Fanning
as Lily Miska
Patrick Fugit
as Robin Jones
John Michael Higgins
as Walter Ferris
Carla Gallo
as Rhonda Blair
JB Smoove
as Mr. Stevens
Stephanie Szostak
as Katherine Mee
Michael Panes
as Principal
Todd Stanton
as San Diego Vet
Lauren Sanchez
as TV Anchor
Peter Riegert
as Delbert McGinty
Roberto Montesinos
as Hugo Chavez
Desi Lydic
as Shea Seger (Lasagna Mom)
Alice Marie Crowe
as Parrot Lady
Michelle Panek
as Sarah Tanner (Vet Assistant)
Gary D. Robertson
as Male Zookeeper
Nicole Russell
as Volunteer
Reid Peters
as Volunteer
Steve Bessette
as Zoo Patron
Hal Alpert
as Zoo Patron
Leslie Trotter
as Zoo Patron
Steven Lee
as Zoo Patron
Katherine Yerves
as Zoo Patron
Caroline Hanna
as Zoo Patron
David López
as Zoo Patron
Benjamin Mee
as Visiting Family
Ella Mee
as Visiting Family
Milo Mee
as Visiting Family
Sammi Yorn
as Visiting Family
Curtis Crowe
as Zoo Kid
Johnny Cicco
as Zoo Staff
Alexia Barroso
as Zoo Staff
Shannah Barrett
as Party Girl
Bart And Tank
as Buster the Bear
as Crystal the Capuchin
Rabbi Elliott T. Spar
as Spar the Tiger
as Ronnie the Binturong
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All Critics (165) | Top Critics (46)

  • You have to admire the thoroughness with which We Bought a Zoo - which is the film Disney would make if they still knew how - caters to the whole family.

    Mar 16, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's an easy-going, likable film.

    Mar 15, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A warm, Sunday-afternoon-in-the-park type of movie, if that's your thing.

    Mar 15, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Crowe, to his credit, is more concerned with insights about family than romance - and some of these are heart-on-sleeve touching if you've got a sweet tooth for the stickier stuff.

    Mar 13, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Cath Clarke

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Nothing that happens in this movie is in the least surprising, but it's all quite pleasant and even, at times, moving.

    Jan 9, 2012

    David Denby

    New Yorker
    Top Critic
  • The movie has animals, kids and fine acting from Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson, but it lacks the emotional honesty and unpredictability that made Crowe's early films so irresistible.

    Jan 5, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

    Rafer Guzman

    Top Critic

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