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Liverpool Echo
March 16, 2012
We Bought A Zoo is Crowe at his most mawkish and cliched.
Mark Adams
Daily Mirror (UK)
March 15, 2012
For all the movie's cute kids and sentimentality, [Damon] is the warm-hearted and convincing heart of this uplifting flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
March 15, 2012
It's an easy-going, likable film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Stella Papamichael
Radio Times
March 15, 2012
[A] cute comedy drama inspired by a true story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 15, 2012
I always look forward to watching director Cameron Crowe's films or should I say listen to his superior soundtracks. For this former Rolling Stone journalist, music and movies were simply born to run.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
March 15, 2012
The film lost me at "hallo".
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
March 15, 2012
The movie is pretty, sticky, thoroughly innocuous, and quite nice.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
March 15, 2012
You can literally see Bourne star Matt Damon enjoying himself at the centre of this heartwarming family movie - and it will make all the difference to your appreciation of it, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dan Stewart
Little White Lies
March 15, 2012
A warm, Sunday-afternoon-in-the-park type of movie, if that's your thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
March 15, 2012
It's engaging enough to keep us watching, but never finds any real focus.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)
March 14, 2012
The picture may be too wholesome and twee for fans' of the director's edgier work like Almost Famous but it deserves to be a big hit with families.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
March 14, 2012
It isn't the wildest safari you'll ever go on, but it has plenty of attractions to offer less cynical visitors.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
March 14, 2012
Nicely written and featuring a great soundtrack, this is an unashamedly feel-good drama with terrific performances from a superb cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
March 13, 2012
Thanks to Crowe's steady hand and a talented, likeable cast, it is an appealing and family-friendly confection.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Top Critic
Cath Clarke
Time Out
March 13, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ian Freer
Empire Magazine
March 11, 2012
Despite Crowe's integrity and lightness of touch doesn't deliver the emotional experience of, say, Jerry Maguire or Almost Famous. Still, it is good to have the righteous dude back.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
March 9, 2012
Directed by the Norman Rockwell of the classic-rock set, Cameron Crowe, this overdetermined and painfully protracted movie needs more animals and less bathos ('Their happy's too loud,' the sad/wise little girl complains about some partying neighbors).
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Andrew Lowry
Total Film
March 5, 2012
It's slight, sure, and there's a better, less-glossy film buried in the material, but warm performances redeem Crowe's agreeable return.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sean O'Connell
February 3, 2012
Crowe simply remembers how to make a sweet story. He allows his huge heart to prevail in a moving coda that, while manipulative, helped me buy into this sentimental tone poem to simple destiny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 18, 2012
... the sort of slovenly assembled, paint-by-numbers time waster that doesn't even seem able to hold the director's attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 76/100
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