We Bought a Zoo
We Bought a Zoo (2011)

This holiday season, acclaimed filmmaker Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous) directs an amazing and true story about a single dad who decides his family needs a fresh start, so he and his two children move to the most unlikely of… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: December 23, 2011
DVD Release Date: April 3, 2012
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Critic Score: 65% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: We Bought a Zoo is a transparently cloying effort by director Cameron Crowe, but Matt Damon makes for a sympathetic central character.

Cath Clarke
Time Out

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.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

Damon and Colin Ford as his teen son have an affecting hesitancy, their hearts hovering between the living and the dead.

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Francesca Rudkin
New Zealand Herald

We Bought a Zoo won't change your life, but it will provide two hours of lovely, slightly whimsical escapism.

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David Denby
New Yorker

Nothing that happens in this movie is in the least surprising, but it's all quite pleasant and even, at times, moving.

Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

The picture annoys you, but it also wrings happy tears, because Crowe pulls at your heartstrings in crafty ways.

Craig D. Lindsey

We Bought a Zoo certainly wins this year's prize for most mediocre, heartwarming family film to win over audiences this holiday season.

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Rafer Guzman

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.

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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Crowe seems to be making baby steps into new territory, both stylistically and emotionally.

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Jessica Baxter
Film Threat

Crowe's emotional maturity is Benjamin Button, aging in reverse. Unfortunately, this means that We Bought a Zoo is an excruciating film for anyone not wearing rose-colored glasses.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Cameron Crowe aims for the Disney audience with this obvious-as-a-grammar school play crowd pleasing story about a single dad trying to raise his coming of age… More
Nicki Marie
This was okay to watch once. Drags on a bit, but story is nice and cast are good.
Jens S.
Let's be honest, Crowe's older films had much more energy, honesty and unpredictability. Here, you know immediately what you are getting, and you are… More
Mark Hobin
Much of the story involves our sweet kindly, dear old Dad, trying to get the zoo open and ready for business on time. It's a setup so manipulative,… More
Alex roy
I've always enjoyed Cameron Crowe's work; he has a nice touch that brings a unique viewing experience. With We Bought a Zoo, he crafts a fun little… More
Cynthia S.
Absolutely wonderful!! A feel good, sentimental, sweet, funny movie. Very, very enjoyable!