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In 2005 a bizarre new story spread from the sleepy rural town of Enumclaw, WA -- a man died of internal injuries sustained while attempting a sexual act with a horse. It was discovered the man was part of a small group of zoophiliacs -- people who crave erotic contact with animals -- and that they had been engaging in various activities with local animals for some time. While investigating the incident, Washington police authorities discovered the state had no laws on the books concerning bestiality, and Sen. Pam Roach quickly introduced legislation which would make it illegal. While the story… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 58%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Neva Chonin, San Francisco Chronicle
"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."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"Devor is not interested either in condemning or condoning bestiality, but rather in trying to understand the strange workings of the human animal."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"The legacy of Chris Marker weeps when the future of essay filmmaking looks like a feature-length commercial for Ambien."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"Time and again, Devor sabotages his own attempt to bring 'zoos,' literally and figuratively, into the light."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"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."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Devor's moody style (silhouettes, reenactments, an ominously throbbing score) only heightens the sleazy Dateline NBC feel."
‑ , Chicago Reader
"Devor has made an intriguing but flawed docu about bestiality, in which the aesthtic and bizarre imagery negates his more serious and critical probation."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Director Robinson Devor makes an only mildly disgusting film about a wholly revolting subject."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"Zoo would be laughable if it weren't in such bad taste."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"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."
‑ Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times
"Zoo is a cool sensibility married to a hot topic, a poetic film about a forbidden, unsettling subject."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"a bizarre, moody entry that's part documentary, part drama."
‑ Norm Schrager, Filmcritic.com
"Zoo is the formal antithesis of To Catch a Predator-like exposÚs in its presentation of outcasts."
‑ Sky Hirschkron, Stylus Magazine
"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."
‑ Pam Grady, Reel.com
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