We Bought a Zoo

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Released 2011

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Director:
Cameron Crowe
Released:
2011
Rating:
PG
Following the death of his wife, a Boston newspaper columnist (the father of 13-year-old boy and 6-year-old girl) buys a dilapidated New Hampshire zoo in hopes of making a new start. Against enormous odds, he and his children, working with a small but loyal staff, not only make the improvements needed to get the zoo certified, but come to terms with their loss...

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  • 60

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    Whatever the case, you may not buy his happy endings, but it's a seductive ideal when all of God's creatures, great and small, buxom and blond, exist in such harmony.

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Betsy Sharkey

    An intelligent family film, a rarity, and while not quite Crowe at his absolute best, it carries his humanistic imprint and benefits from a strong acting ensemble that keep emotion...

  • 50

    Variety Rob Nelson

    We Bought a Zoo is an odd bird, warm-blooded but largely lifeless.

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