The Zookeeper's Wife
The Zookeeper's Wife (2017)

The real-life story of one working wife and mother who became a hero to hundreds during World War II. In 1939 Poland, Antonina Żabińska (portrayed by two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain) and her husband, Dr. Jan… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 31, 2017
DVD Release Date: July 4, 2017
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Critic Score: 60% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Zookeeper's Wife has noble intentions, but is ultimately unable to bring its fact-based story to life with quite as much impact as it deserves.

Rex Reed
New York Observer

It doesn't burn through the conscience and haunt you forever like Schindler's List, but in spite of its laid-back reluctance to shock and horrify, it's never trivial or boring.

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews

If it's remembered at all, it will be seen as a missed opportunity to tell a powerful story.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a well-intentioned yet entirely misbegotten endeavor that squanders a good cast and searing true-life setup.

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Jacob Soll
The New Republic

Niki Caro breaks out of the genre and emerges with a truly moving and original film. She uses the familiar structure of survival and rescue, but her focus is on the mechanics of cruelty itself in an unlikely setting.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

Jessica Chastain is relaxed with some actual lion cubs, and there's a bunny that should win an Oscar. But when the film pivots to the scared human beings down below, you get a hint of the weirder, tougher drama it might have been.

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Eleanor Ringel Cater
Saporta Report (Atlanta)

"The Zookeeper's Wife" has a very particular, quite amazing story to tell and yet, somehow it squanders the opportunity.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

How this was managed is truly inspiring, but the way it plays out in Angela Workman's script (adapted from Diane Ackerman's bestseller) is strictly by the numbers.

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Matthew Lickona
San Diego Reader

Again and again, the fuse is lit and then fizzles. Eventually, bewildered disinterest sets in.

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Valerie Complex
Affinity Magazine

The film could have been an excellent introduction to a relatively unknown historical figure, but it doesn't eloquently capture the essence of their real life struggle.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Nate Zoebl
Antonina Zabinski (Jessica Chastain) and her husband Jan (Johan Heldenbergh) are the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo. Their lives are thrown into turmoil when Germany… More
John C
Could have been and should have been a very good movie but instead it is a tepid look at life in Warsaw in the 1940's Nazi invasion of Poland. This movie… More