• PG, 1 hr. 41 min.
  • Comedy, Romance
  • Directed By:
    Frank Coraci
    In Theaters:
    Jul 8, 2011 Wide
    On DVD:
    Oct 11, 2011
  • Columbia Pictures


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Zookeeper Reviews

Derek Adams
Time Out
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Funniest moments? The outtakes during the closing credits. I rest my case.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 1/5

July 27, 2011
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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I think there should be a subdivision of the ASPCA -- American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Audiences.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: D

July 8, 2011
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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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 Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

July 8, 2011
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Will most audiences mind this? Probably not. Should they? Of course. They deserve better and frankly, so does Kevin James.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C+

July 8, 2011
Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
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Unfortunately, nobody had the good sense to call the comedy authorities and shut this Zookeeper down.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 1/4

July 8, 2011
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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A children's comedy about talking animals that feels as if it were written by children or, perhaps, by talking animals.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1/5

July 8, 2011
Scott Bowles
USA Today
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It's hard to think of a human finding much to laugh about in this wounded beast.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 1.5/4

July 8, 2011
Sean O'Connell
Washington Post
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Casting carries "Zookeeper" over its roughest patches. The vocal guest stars are inspired.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 8, 2011
Rachel Saltz
New York Times
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Coraci doesn't impose much discipline, letting some scenes run wild and others peter out, their punch lines dangling.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

July 8, 2011
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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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 Source: New York Post | Original Score: 0.5/4

July 8, 2011
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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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 Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

July 8, 2011
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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As far as complete wastes of time go, "Zookeeper" is not especially offensive.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

July 7, 2011
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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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 Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

July 7, 2011
Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

July 7, 2011
Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
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There's little to recommend about Zookeeper, a movie that's flat, lacking in surprises and very dull.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: D+

July 7, 2011
David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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 Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 1.5/4

July 7, 2011
Nick Schager
Village Voice
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A comedy whose cliché-embracing stupidity borders on the surrealistic.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

July 7, 2011
Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
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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 Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 1.5/4

July 7, 2011
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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It's probably time to stop fretting about Kevin James's movies, and to stop hoping they'll get better.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

July 7, 2011
Alonso Duralde
The Wrap
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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."

Full Review Source: The Wrap

July 7, 2011
James Berardinelli
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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 Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 1/4

July 7, 2011
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Look, a great movie this is not. A pleasant summer entertainment it is.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

July 7, 2011
Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
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If a worse movie is released this year, I hope I don't have to see it.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 0/5

July 7, 2011
Brian Lowry
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

July 7, 2011
Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
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Beastly comedy for the lowest of brow.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

July 7, 2011
David Germain
Associated Press
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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 Source: Associated Press | Original Score: 1.5/4

July 7, 2011
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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The team of five writers, including James, simply fails to provide a narrative that would make us care about what happens next.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 1.5/4

July 7, 2011
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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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 Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 2/5

July 6, 2011
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