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We Bought a Zoo Reviews

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Mark Jackson
Epoch Times
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
Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
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.
Jack Giroux
Film School Rejects
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+
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013
Packed with too many storylines, this drama feels like a zoo indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Cara Nash
FILMINK (Australia)
October 24, 2012
...this is packed with all the warmth, heart and humanity that one has come to expect from a Cameron Crowe film.
Ben Kendrick
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
Kristal Cooper
We Got This Covered
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
William Bibbiani
August 22, 2012
Might be a stereotypical 'family movie,' but it's still a good one.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
April 27, 2012
full review at Movies for the Masses
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
April 18, 2012
The film is a button-pusher, but it is so in the nicest way possible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
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
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
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
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
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
Tara Brady
Irish Times
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
Philip French
Observer (UK)
March 18, 2012
There is no harm in it and not a single surprise.
Shaun Munro
What Culture
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
Jason Best
Movie Talk
March 16, 2012
While the creatures may be dangerous, Jerry Maguire director Cameron Crowe definitely plays things safe.
David Sexton
London Evening Standard
March 16, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Alex Zane
The Sun (UK)
March 16, 2012
Superficially very charming, this lacks depth but is still a pleasant and moving distraction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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