We Bought A Zoo

We Bought A Zoo

We Bought A Zoo

Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson star in this drama, directed by Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous), based on the true story of a single dad who moves his family into a zoo. 

Benjamin Mee (Damon), an animal behaviour specialist, and his family need a fresh start. Using his life savings, he buys a dilapidated zoo in the countryside complete with 200 exotic animals (including Siberian tigers, African lions, wolves and brown bears), and moves his family in. Along with his children and an electric team of staff, Mee balances caring for his wife, diagnosed with brain cancer, with returning the zoo to its former glory.

2011Rating: PG, Mild themes and infrequent coarse language124 minsUSA
DramaTrue Story & Biography

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We Bought A Zoo / Reviews

Variety

Variety

We Bought a Zoo is an odd bird, warm-blooded but largely lifeless.

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USA Today

USA Today

This menagerie of genres doesn't mesh.

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Time Magazine

Time Magazine

As human-interest stories go, this one’s a beaut.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

There's a lot of fun waiting at We Bought a Zoo, but it's the feelings that run through every scene scene that'll make you glad you came.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

Too much formula and not enough human interest.

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New York Post

New York Post

Genuinely charming, treacle-free family films are tough to find these days, so I’m happy to heartily recommend “We Bought a Zoo’’ as heartwarming holiday fare that even jaded adults can share with the kids.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Sentimental without being mushy.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

If, however, you like heartwarming—not cloying—stories about decent people, and hope to leave the theater feeling better than you did when you walked in, We Bought a Zoo will be a welcome cup of holiday cheer.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Arguably the director's least typical film, it doesn't dodge the potholes of earnest sentimentality and at times overplays the whimsy. But the uplifting tale has heart, humanity and a warmly empathetic central performance from Matt Damon.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

Formula, however, is the enemy of sincerity, and in We Bought A Zoo, the two engage in a film-long struggle.

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