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We Bought a Zoo Reviews

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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
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
June 30, 2013
Packed with too many storylines, this drama feels like a zoo indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
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.
November 27, 2011
We Bought A Zoo is targeted at people who cry during TV commercials, who get misty eyed in the greeting card aisle.
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
December 22, 2011
The result is too much formula and not enough human interest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 20, 2011
The results feel artificial and sappy, with only a few too-little-too-late moments where the tragedy of losing a mother or a wife is handled with anything resembling grace.
January 6, 2012
Some cute animal moments, but the flat human characters do not ring true.
Read More | Original Score: C
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
December 24, 2011
Minus the corn, it's almost good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 16, 2011
There's an audience for such lazy sentimentality, which means Crowe's half-hearted attempt to revive his career might actually succeed.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
December 22, 2011
This isn't just an exercise in mawkishness, though it's also nowhere near as emotionally resonant as it strives to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
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December 22, 2011
Watching the overlong, overfeeling, overdirected We Bought a Zoo made me glad to return from Cameron Crowe's world to the real world, where things aren't quite so simple.
December 22, 2011
By the time young Rosie exclaims "We bought a zoo!" for what feels like the umpteenth time, even altruistic idealists will find their inner cynics chucking incredulously.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 11, 2011
Clichés and contrivances and corniness, oh my! With We Bought a Zoo, writer-director Cameron Crowe dives headfirst into the schmaltzy slop barrel.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
December 21, 2011
When we do feel a warm fuzzy in the heart or a lump in the throat, we also see everything Crowe did to put it there.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
December 23, 2011
This is indeed the story of some people who bought a zoo.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
December 23, 2011
So few films this holiday season can truly be labeled "family film." We Bought a Zoo is one. Sadly, many films wear the label of "boring." We Bought a Zoo is one of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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