Metacritic Movie Ratings
We Bought a Zoo Reviews

3.0

58

out of 100

Metascore®
Mixed or average reviews
Based on a weighted average of all critic review scores.

A sample of reviews from critics across the country.

  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment WeeklyOwen Gleiberman

    The movie is like Doctor Dolittle remade as a therapeutic sudser. By the end, it got to me.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The 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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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA TodayClaudia Puig

    We Bought a Zoo doesn't seem to know what kind of animal it is. Is it a family melodrama, a love story, a wacky comedy, a drama about coping with grief, a feel-good film about following your dreams, or, as ads seem to indicate, a gift-wrapped animal adventure? Not surprisingly, this menagerie of genres doesn't mesh.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    Wall Street JournalJoe Morgenstern

    A movie you want to like, and a movie you can enjoy if you cut its slackness some slack.

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