Critics Consensus

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



Total Count: 50


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"Zoo" is an extraordinary glimpse into the life of a seemingly normal Seattle family man whose secret sexual appetites led to his shocking death. The film explores the ensuing media coverage and public outcry that uncovered a secret community of zoophiles, who call themselves "zoos." This expressionistic rendering of how apparently upstanding citizens banded together and videotaped their journey into the most taboo realms of behavior, reveals the enormous gulf between what we appear to be and who we really are.


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Critic Reviews for Zoo

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (21) | Fresh (30) | Rotten (20)

  • 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…
    Chicago Reader
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  • 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

  • Oct 21, 2009
    You have to see it to believe it
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 28, 2009
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • May 30, 2008
    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 D Super Reviewer
  • Apr 10, 2008
    [font=Century Gothic]"Zoo" is a provocative documentary about an unnamed engineer(here known as Mr. Hands") who died after a sexual act with a horse. He was part of a group of otherwise lonely men who had met over the internet where they talked about their shared obsession in zoophilia which is a sexual attraction to other species.(Mr. Hands had the closest to a normal life, being divorced with a child.) While using mostly recreations, the documentary successfully defuses the sensationalistic aspects of the story with an elliptical approach that relies not only on the testimony from an animal rescue worker who was on the scene afterward but also from three pseudonymous participants.(That having been said. Was it absolutely necessary to show how a horse is gelded?) The exquisite cinematography perfectly captures the shadow world that these men inhabit. [/font]
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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