Zoo (2007)

Seattle-based filmmaker Robinson Devor blurs the line between documentary and narrative storytelling with an expressionistic rendering of the 2005 news story that shocked the world. Kenneth Pinyan was a 45-year-old Boeing engineer who,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 25, 2007
DVD Release Date: September 18, 2007
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Critic Score: 58% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: While a marginally fascinating look at a taboo subject, Zoo is bogged down by its overly artistic presentation.

Neva Chonin
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

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.

Emily Ashby
Common Sense Media

Patterson's tense doomsday thriller is campy but curious.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

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.

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Chicago Reader

Devor's moody style (silhouettes, reenactments, an ominously throbbing score) only heightens the sleazy Dateline NBC feel.

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Anton Bitel
Eye for Film

Devor is not interested either in condemning or condoning bestiality, but rather in trying to understand the strange workings of the human animal.

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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Zoo is a cool sensibility married to a hot topic, a poetic film about a forbidden, unsettling subject.

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Emanuel Levy

Devor has made an intriguing but flawed docu about bestiality, in which the aesthtic and bizarre imagery negates his more serious and critical probation.

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Flixster Audience Score: 36% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
yeah, i watched zoo
El Hombre Invisible
Fairly done, heartfelt, unique documentary concerning a man who was f***** to death by a horse
Luke Baldock
Zoo doesn't exactly deal with the subject of bestiality. Instead it provides testimony of the events leading up to a mans death via penetration by a horse.… More
William Dunmyer
[size=3][color=black]Zoo is one of the worst movies of the year, but it has material that is among the most interesting of the year. Dichotomies like that… More
Stella Dallas
you probably don't want to watch this. it's well made but extremely disturbing. this is animal abuse no matter what these freaks may claim; they are… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Zoo" is a provocative documentary about an unnamed engineer(here known as Mr. Hands") who died after a sexual act with a… More