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We Bought a Zoo

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Cameron Crowe

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About the Movie

Oscar® Winner Matt Damon gives a heartfelt performance in this delightful film that’s based on a true story. When his teenage son gets into trouble, Benjamin Mee (Damon) gives up a lucrative newspaper job to move his family to the most unlikely of places: a zoo! With help from an eclectic staff, and with many misadventures along the way, Benjamin embarks on a fresh beginning to restore the dilapidated zoo to its former glory, while uniting his family. From the director of Jerry Maguire, We Bought a Zoo is a wonderful, warm and witty celebration of the human spirit.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 159
  • Fresh: 104
  • Rotten: 55
  • Average Rating: 6.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Nothing that happens in this movie is in the least surprising, but it's all quite pleasant and even, at times, moving. – David Denby, New Yorker, Jan 9, 2012

Rotten: The movie has animals, kids and fine acting from Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson, but it lacks the emotional honesty and unpredictability that made Crowe's early films so irresistible. – Rafer Guzman, Newsday, Jan 5, 2012

Fresh: Heartwarming holiday fare that even jaded adults can share with the kids. – Lou Lumenick, New York Post, Dec 23, 2011

Fresh: "We Bought a Zoo" provides a welcome seasonal dash of wholesomeness and humor, but it's also a heartening celebration of second acts, even at their most unwelcome. – Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Dec 23, 2011

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Customer Reviews

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I thought it was a good movie and had a good message in it and Mat Damon is so cool.All in all its a great family movie so if you have a family movie night and you like the zoo this is a obvious choice


"We Bought a Zoo" is the kind of sweetly sentimental movie that packs on all the predictable, sappy clichés you'd be likely to find in any PG-rated family drama. It often plays out like a two hour-long sitcom. Just when you think the film has resolved all of its characters' problems, a new unexpected issue suddenly appears out of nowhere that has to be quickly taken care of in order for there to be a happy ending for everyone. But while it isn't Cameron Crowe's most realistic or inspired flick, it still has a good heart. Matt Damon stars as Benjamin Mee, a single father who buys and moves to a dilapidated zoo with his two kids. With the help of an eclectic staff, and with many misadventures along the way, the family works to restore the zoo to its former wonder and glory. Not surprisingly, Damon gives the best and most convincing performance in the entire movie, making for a sympathetic central protagonist. Colin Ford also does a fine job playing Ben's angst-ridden teen son, Dylan, even though his character is one we've already seen many times before: a rebellious youth dealing with the death of a parent by taking his anger and frustration out on others. As for Scarlett Johansson, she doesn't leave much of a lasting impression as Ben's love interest. Although I did happen to find Thomas Haden Church's portrayal of Ben's wisecracking older brother to be hilarious at times. All acting aside, I enjoyed the unique, atmospheric score by Jónsi despite the fact that it didn't quite match the tone of the film. Plus, the characters aren't too cloyingly sentimental to the point of annoyance. Overall, I'd say "We Bought a Zoo" is worth renting if you simply wanna watch a good-natured, family-friendly flick. It may be clichéd and sappy, but it's also a lot of fun, with a warmhearted spirit that's pretty tough to resist. Trust me, it's a lot better than "Zookeeper".

LOVED IT!!!!!!

I love this movie. You think it would be lame cause the title is We bought a Zoo,but I love it. It is truly inspiring, plus, my parents would never have bought a zoo!!!! And the little girl Rosie is adorable!!!!!! LOVE THIS MOVIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We Bought a Zoo
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Kids & Family
  • Released: 2011

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