Overall Rank: 2500
Average Rating: 2.8/4
# of Ratings: 94
Theatrical Release Date: 12/23/2011
Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 04/03/2012
Genre: Comedy, Drama
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: Cameron Crowe
Actors: Matt Damon, Thomas Haden Church, Elle Fanning, Scarlett Johansson, Carla Gallo, Patrick Fugit
Plot: A father moves his family to the country in order to rejuvenate a run-down Southern California zoo. -- Chris Kavan
Quick Movie Reviews
Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 06/17/2019
"We Bought a Zoo" is sweet, but offers only a fleeting and forgettable sense of encouragement.
Indyfreak - wrote on 03/18/2017
Schmaltzy and cheesy to a fault. Typical Cameron Crowe stuff. Families will enjoy it though.
Matthew Brady - wrote on 07/11/2014
The film is about a father moves his family to the country in order to rejuvenate a run-down Southern California zoo. I thought this movie might suck just because the title bought a zoo, and did it suck and it didn't. I enjoyed this movie. it had good acting and good story.
Full Movie Reviews
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 10/05/2012
A newly widowed Benjamin Mee (Matt Damon) tries to forget the past by purchasing a house with a zoo. He does this to make his children, 7-year-old daughter, Rosie (Maggie Elizabeth Jones), and 14-year-old son, Dylan (Colin Ford) happy. Benjamin is assisted by Kelly (Scarlett Johansson), the head keeper. Damon solid as always in dramas while the gorgeous Johansson shows sincerity in her role. Wonderful soundtrack as always since it is the trademark from the director. If only it were more realistic and likened to the real story (Zoo was in England, Benjamin was British, took 2 years to purchase the zoo, etc.). Not sure why people take stories and tweak them, still it was entertaining enough. We Bought a Zoo is a good family flick (though there were a couple of swears) that touches …
MovieAddict - wrote on 05/06/2012
“You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.”
Matt Damon turns in a very excellent performance as a recently widowed father, who decides the family needs a change after the loss of their mother. He quits his job from a dying newspaper and along with his a 7 year old daughter, (adorable Maggie Elizabeth Jones), and a 14 year old son, (Colin Ford) moves the family away from the city and their partying neighbors to the countryside where they take over a rundown zoo. Although his daughter immediately loves the idea the son is more resistant. Colin Ford does an excellent job as a troubled teenager, who feels that he has lost both of his parents …
LeeAnn M. - wrote on 04/04/2012
"We Bought a Zoo" is a movie of a young father relocating his two kids to the country for a fresh start six months after the wife and mother passes away. It just so happens that this perfect house in the country has an established zoo in the back yard. The younger girl is excited about the move, but the teenaged son has deep resentment over it.
I heard critics liked it, but I thought it was preachy and melodramatic. It's not Matt Damon's best work. The two little girls in the movie were great. (Maggie Elizabeth Jones and Elle Fanning.) A surprise for me was that Angus Macfadyen was in it. He was hilarious. (If you have not seen Elle Fanning in "Super 8", watch it. She is adorable in it. That movie reminded me of the Stephen Spielberg movies I watched as a kid.)
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