We Bought a Zoo

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We Bought a Zoo
We Bought a Zoo
  • PG
  • 2h 4m
  • 2011
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Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson co-star in this family film about a single dad who tries to give his family a fresh start by moving to a home situated in the middle of a zoo.
© 2011 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Fresh64%
Critics Consensus: We Bought a Zoo is a transparently cloying effort by director Cameron Crowe, but Matt Damon makes for a sympathetic central character.
Reviews
London Evening Standard
David Sexton
Fresh

You have to admire the thoroughness with which We Bought a Zoo - which is the film Disney would ma...

June 22, 2017
Guardian
Peter Bradshaw
Fresh

It's an easy-going, likable film.

June 22, 2017
Little White Lies
Dan Stewart
Fresh

A warm, Sunday-afternoon-in-the-park type of movie, if that's your thing.

June 22, 2017
Time Out
Cath Clarke
Fresh

Crowe, to his credit, is more concerned with insights about family than romance - and some of thes...

June 22, 2017
New Yorker
David Denby
Fresh

Nothing that happens in this movie is in the least surprising, but it's all quite pleasant and eve...

September 1, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Family film tackles grief with humor and deep empathy.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that director Cameron Crowe's drama inspired by real-life events revolves around a family dealing with the loss of a beloved mother. As such, some moments of reminiscing and discussion about her death may be too sad/intense for younger kids. There's also quite a bit of swearing for a PG-rated movie (including "s--t"), some social drinking and flirting, creepy images (in drawings by an unhappy teenage boy), and the implication that the Easter Bunny isn't real. Nevertheless, We Bought a Zoo (which stars Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson) is a heartfelt and inspiring film about how a family pulls through difficulty and how being with animals -- and those who care for them -- can help heal the soul.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Family
  • Release Date:December 23, 2011
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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