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Zoo Reviews

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Emily Ashby
Common Sense Media
July 7, 2015
Patterson's tense doomsday thriller is campy but curious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
July 10, 2008
Devor is not interested either in condemning or condoning bestiality, but rather in trying to understand the strange workings of the human animal.
Emanuel Levy
November 2, 2007
Devor has made an intriguing but flawed docu about bestiality, in which the aesthtic and bizarre imagery negates his more serious and critical probation.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Norm Schrager
September 22, 2007
a bizarre, moody entry that's part documentary, part drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
September 21, 2007
The legacy of Chris Marker weeps when the future of essay filmmaking looks like a feature-length commercial for Ambien.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
July 5, 2007
Director Robinson Devor makes an only mildly disgusting film about a wholly revolting subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sky Hirschkron
Stylus Magazine
June 25, 2007
Zoo is the formal antithesis of To Catch a Predator-like exposÚs in its presentation of outcasts.
Full Review | Original Score: 70/100
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
June 2, 2007
Time and again, Devor sabotages his own attempt to bring 'zoos,' literally and figuratively, into the light.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Neva Chonin
San Francisco Chronicle
May 25, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
May 24, 2007
Zoo would be laughable if it weren't in such bad taste.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Pam Grady
May 19, 2007
Zoo, with its idiosyncratic subject matter, may not be the easiest sell in the world, but anyone interested in provocative, challenging, and unexpected fare owes it to themselves to check it out.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
May 11, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Shawn Levy
May 11, 2007
It's never explicit or sensational or tittering. And in that it's something of a golden example; political documentaries should be this careful and restrained.
Read More | Original Score: B+
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
May 11, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Gianni Truzzi
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
May 10, 2007
The film's techniques are implicit, not explicit, its soothing images of rural highways and nighttime solitude conveying the social blankness its subjects report.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
May 10, 2007
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Chicago Reader
May 10, 2007
Devor's moody style (silhouettes, reenactments, an ominously throbbing score) only heightens the sleazy Dateline NBC feel.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
May 4, 2007
Zoo is a cool sensibility married to a hot topic, a poetic film about a forbidden, unsettling subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 3, 2007
You could wander into this poetic documentary willing to be sympathetic toward its subject -- men who have sex with horses -- and still find Zoo cryptic and borderline bogus.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Cole Smithey
May 1, 2007
This nightmare-inducing film is as dark and lurid in tone as the mind of its maker.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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