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Zoo (2007)



Critic Consensus: While a marginally fascinating look at a taboo subject, Zoo is bogged down by its overly artistic presentation.

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Seattle-based filmmaker Robinson Devor blurs the line between documentary and narrative storytelling with an expressionistic rendering of the 2005 news story that shocked the world. Kenneth Pinyan was a 45-year-old Boeing engineer who, shortly after being anonymously dropped at a Washington state hospital in July 2005, died of a perforated colon. When the subsequent police investigation led authorities to a nearby farm, the discovery of a videotape featuring the recently deceased and other participants engaging in sexual relations with a variety of horses made headlines across the nation. In the aftermath, it was revealed that zoophiles were much more common that most folks would have surmised. Now, through detailed interviews with self-admitted zoophiles and tasteful dramatic reenactments, director Devor and cinematographer Sean Kirby draw viewers into a secretive world populated by animal lovers who see their unconventional desires as completely natural.


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Critic Reviews for Zoo

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (21)

Punch lines and outrage come easy, but beware: If you walk into this film with a secure moral judgment, prepare to have it shaken by the time you leave.

May 25, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Zoo, despite its elegance, teeters on a tightrope; by relying primarily on words from men who seem reluctant to talk much about what happened, it ends up having little to say.

May 11, 2007 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

This experimental-style documentary invokes the waking dreams of David Lynch, Werner Herzog and Errol Morris. It's like a true-crime inquiry undertaken during a total eclipse.

May 11, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Devor has an eye; this is clear. If he trades some of the poetry for a little prose next time out, he'll really have something, whatever his subject.

May 10, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4

Devor's moody style (silhouettes, reenactments, an ominously throbbing score) only heightens the sleazy Dateline NBC feel.

May 10, 2007 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Zoo is a cool sensibility married to a hot topic, a poetic film about a forbidden, unsettling subject.

May 4, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Zoo

Zoo doesn't exactly deal with the subject of bestiality. Instead it provides testimony of the events leading up to a mans death via penetration by a horse. It is an expose on the lives of a select group of men that feel more connected with animals than they do humans. These are not the sick weirdos you'd expect. They are normal and seemingly intelligent men. The film is shot as a beautiful reconstruction. Every scene is lit perfectly and has a dream like quality. It results in a film that you wish had been played as a fictional narrative. The film does not take shots at anyone and is a genuine attempt to understand these men and have them tell their story.

Luke Baldock
Luke Baldock

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yeah, i watched zoo

Bob Stinson
Bob Stinson

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you probably don't want to watch this. it's well made but extremely disturbing. this is animal abuse no matter what these freaks may claim; they are no better than rapists and child molesters; sick

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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