Mr. Popper's Penguins

Mr. Popper's Penguins
Mr. Popper's Penguins
  • PG
  • 1h 38m
  • 2011
Rotten48%
Common Sense Media Iconage 6+
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An uptight NYC man (Jim Carrey) is stuck taking care of six penguins who have been mistakenly left at his doorstep.
© 2011 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Rotten48%
Critics Consensus: Blandly inoffensive and thoroughly predictable, Mr. Popper's Penguins could have been worse -- but it should have been better.
Reviews
London Evening Standard
Derek Malcolm
Rotten

It's not an awful film but, in the end, it's nothing much at all.

June 22, 2017
Guardian
Peter Bradshaw
Rotten

As family entertainment for the summer holidays it isn't bad, and Britain's Ophelia Lovibond does...

June 22, 2017
Little White Lies
Jason Goodyer
Fresh

Raises the odd chortle but is unlikely to appeal to anyone over 10.

June 22, 2017
Time Out
Derek Adams
Rotten

Holy mother of pearl, talk about superficial claptrap!

June 22, 2017
New Yorker
Bruce Diones
Fresh

The director, Mark Waters, moves things briskly along and lets the charming absurdity of penguin b...

June 22, 2017
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Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media Iconage 6+
Common Sense Says
Carrey's penguin antics are predictable but still funny.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this live-action comedy was inspired by the classic Newbery Award-winning children's book Mr. Popper's Penguins. Like the book, the movie is fine for early elementary-schoolers, who will giggle at Jim Carrey's slapstick antics and all the messes the penguins make. Language is tame -- with the occasional "butt," "poo," "pee," and "stupid" thrown into the dialogue -- and there's some flirting/kissing, as well as one joke with a Viagra reference. Kids may pick up a thing or two about how to care for penguins, but this movie is ultimately about learning to put family first ... and laughing at sight gags.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Family, Comedy
  • Release Date:June 17, 2011
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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