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Zookeeper Reviews

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Derek Adams
Time Out
July 27, 2011
Funniest moments? The outtakes during the closing credits. I rest my case.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
July 8, 2011
I think there should be a subdivision of the ASPCA -- American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Audiences.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 8, 2011
Did we mention that things just go better with Kevin James? Well-trodden comedy hooks become strangely more amusing. Goofball physical shtick elicits broader smiles. The bumblingly stupid is made endearing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 8, 2011
Will most audiences mind this? Probably not. Should they? Of course. They deserve better and frankly, so does Kevin James.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
July 8, 2011
Unfortunately, nobody had the good sense to call the comedy authorities and shut this Zookeeper down.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
July 8, 2011
A children's comedy about talking animals that feels as if it were written by children or, perhaps, by talking animals.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
July 8, 2011
It's hard to think of a human finding much to laugh about in this wounded beast.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Sean O'Connell
Washington Post
July 8, 2011
Casting carries "Zookeeper" over its roughest patches. The vocal guest stars are inspired.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rachel Saltz
New York Times
July 8, 2011
Coraci doesn't impose much discipline, letting some scenes run wild and others peter out, their punch lines dangling.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 8, 2011
This one is strictly for James' hard-core fans and anyone wishing to witness the sole appearance of the once-mighty MGM lion on a new feature this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
July 8, 2011
Little kids - hence the G rating - and those who think poop-tossing is funny will be amused by Zookeeper. The rest of us are better off not feeding the animals.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 7, 2011
As far as complete wastes of time go, "Zookeeper" is not especially offensive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 7, 2011
It's all very ho-hum, though James, who's like Jason Alexander with a touch of Jeremy Piven, is still a schmo you can't help rooting for.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
July 7, 2011
There's no "The" in the title of the Kevin James comedy "Zookeeper," and that lack of a definitive article pretty well encapsulates the generic fat man follies on display here.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
July 7, 2011
There's little to recommend about Zookeeper, a movie that's flat, lacking in surprises and very dull.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 7, 2011
If you've been waiting for Hollywood to produce a romantic comedy with a supporting cast made up of talking animals . . . well, no, even then, Zookeeper will let you down.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
July 7, 2011
A comedy whose cliché-embracing stupidity borders on the surrealistic.
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
July 7, 2011
The talking animals are wildly child-pleasing, except that much of their talk concerns matters of animal husbandry. Is there such a thing as a hard PG?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
July 7, 2011
It's probably time to stop fretting about Kevin James's movies, and to stop hoping they'll get better.
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
July 7, 2011
Zookeeper is arguably one of the better products of the Adam Sandler Death of Cinema Fun Factory -- but that's an accomplishment somewhere on par with "Least Smelly Turd."
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 7, 2011
James can be a funny guy, but the lack of laugh-worthy material in Zookeeper stretches his comedic abilities past the breaking point.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
July 7, 2011
As a study in insanity, Zookeeper is mildly interesting. But as a kiddie comedy, it's something to watch only once the little ones have worn out their Dr. Doolittle DVD (maybe even their Dr. Doolittle 2 DVD, for that matter).
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 7, 2011
Look, a great movie this is not. A pleasant summer entertainment it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
July 7, 2011
If a worse movie is released this year, I hope I don't have to see it.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
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Brian Lowry
Variety
July 7, 2011
Ultimately, it's a marketing pitch in search of a movie that proves punishingly flat, with even the slapstick so sparsely delivered as to replicate a long slog through the zoo, surrounded by fidgety kids, on a suffocating summer's day.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
July 7, 2011
Beastly comedy for the lowest of brow.
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David Germain
Associated Press
July 7, 2011
James hurls himself into this sad scenario with energy and teddy-bear charm that makes him impossible to hate. But it's easy to hate "Zookeeper." If we could talk to the animals, they'd probably hate it, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
July 7, 2011
The team of five writers, including James, simply fails to provide a narrative that would make us care about what happens next.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
July 6, 2011
It's stupid, then it veers toward the absurd, but with James at its center it remains sort of sweet throughout. You can't hate James or the movie; both are just sort of dopey but well-meaning.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5