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We Bought a Zoo Reviews

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September 6, 2017
We Bought a Zoo won't change your life, but it will provide two hours of lovely, slightly whimsical escapism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 1, 2017
We Bought a Zoo certainly wins this year's prize for most mediocre, heartwarming family film to win over audiences this holiday season.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 9, 2017
Crowe's emotional maturity is Benjamin Button, aging in reverse. Unfortunately, this means that We Bought a Zoo is an excruciating film for anyone not wearing rose-colored glasses.
July 3, 2016
One of the movie's best teachings is the concept that if one commits to '20 seconds of insane, embarrassing courage,' to attain what one desires, good things always come of it. An instant kid classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 7, 2015
Since "We Bought a Zoo" doesn't have much on offer, it could and should have at least been a more pointed reminder for us to rediscover nature and support local zoos.
August 11, 2014
Crowe, who aims high to plant a big smile on your face, does so here more than competently.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 30, 2013
Packed with too many storylines, this drama feels like a zoo indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 24, 2012
...this is packed with all the warmth, heart and humanity that one has come to expect from a Cameron Crowe film.
October 1, 2012
A muddled focus keeps We Bought a Zoo from being a guaranteed hit with kids or a captivating adult drama but there are enough compelling moments to make it worthwhile.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 15, 2012
In short, We Bought a Zoo is all bore and no roar, and while it's certainly not the worst of Crowe's career, it's far from earning its stripes as a worthy successor to his earlier films.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
August 22, 2012
Might be a stereotypical 'family movie,' but it's still a good one.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
April 27, 2012
full review at Movies for the Masses
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 18, 2012
The film is a button-pusher, but it is so in the nicest way possible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 7, 2012
A few more animal encounters and fewer grief sessions would have been nice, but it's still a solid family film.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
April 3, 2012
Suffers from a case of schizophrenia; some of it is waaay too simple, cutesy and/or sappy for adults, while other scenes are too intense and adult for children.
Full Review | Original Score: C
March 23, 2012
It's something of a sweet-natured slog, peppered, as all of Crowe's films are, peppered with the pop music the former pop music journalist loves.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 19, 2012
It unfolds like military assault on the tear ducts. Don't know when to cry? Here comes Sigur Rós' Jónsi with an evocative sonic swoop to help you on your way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 19, 2012
A mushy metaphor for what it takes to bring a "Cameron Crowe movie" to the big screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 18, 2012
There is no harm in it and not a single surprise.
March 18, 2012
The shameless manipulation on display here makes one wonder where Cameron Crowe's talent has gone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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