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: 66% 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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Mark Jackson
Epoch Times

One of the movie's best teachings is the concept that if one commits to '20 seconds of insane, embarrassing courage,' to attain what one desires, good things always come of it. An instant kid classic.

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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.

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook

Since "We Bought a Zoo" doesn't have much on offer, it could and should have at least been a more pointed reminder for us to rediscover nature and support local zoos.

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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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Jack Giroux
Film School Rejects

Crowe, who aims high to plant a big smile on your face, does so here more than competently.

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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!