We Bought a Zoo
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 66%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Crowe, to his credit, is more concerned with insights about family than romance - and some of these are heart-on-sleeve touching if you've got a sweet tooth for the stickier stuff."
‑ Cath Clarke, Time Out
"Damon and Colin Ford as his teen son have an affecting hesitancy, their hearts hovering between the living and the dead."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Crowe, who aims high to plant a big smile on your face, does so here more than competently."
‑ Jack Giroux, Film School Rejects
"A muddled focus keeps We Bought a Zoo from being a guaranteed hit with kids or a captivating adult drama but there are enough compelling moments to make it worthwhile."
‑ Ben Kendrick, ScreenRant
"full review at Movies for the Masses"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"Nothing that happens in this movie is in the least surprising, but it's all quite pleasant and even, at times, moving."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"The picture annoys you, but it also wrings happy tears, because Crowe pulls at your heartstrings in crafty ways."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Packed with too many storylines, this drama feels like a zoo indeed."
‑ John Hanlon, Big Hollywood
"In short, We Bought a Zoo is all bore and no roar, and while it's certainly not the worst of Crowe's career, it's far from earning its stripes as a worthy successor to his earlier films."
‑ Kristal Cooper, We Got This Covered
"The film is a button-pusher, but it is so in the nicest way possible."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"The movie has animals, kids and fine acting from Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson, but it lacks the emotional honesty and unpredictability that made Crowe's early films so irresistible."
‑ Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"Crowe seems to be making baby steps into new territory, both stylistically and emotionally."
‑ Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"...this is packed with all the warmth, heart and humanity that one has come to expect from a Cameron Crowe film."
‑ Cara Nash, FILMINK (Australia)
"Might be a stereotypical 'family movie,' but it's still a good one."
‑ William Bibbiani, CraveOnline
"A few more animal encounters and fewer grief sessions would have been nice, but it's still a solid family film."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
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