3 stars out of 4 -- "You want sunshine and uplift, see WE BOUGHT A ZOO."
Washington Post (12/23/2011)
"[W]e have an intelligent family film, a rarity...[It] benefits from a strong acting ensemble that keep emotions in check."
Los Angeles Times - Betsy Sharkey (12/23/2011)
"Damon is the most rational of actors....He gives a gradually winning performance as a depressed dad coming to life." -- Grade: B
Entertainment Weekly - Owen Gleiberman (12/09/2011)
"[T]he uplifting tale has heart, humanity and a warmly empathetic central performance from Matt Damon."
Hollywood Reporter - David Rooney (11/27/2011)
3 stars out of 5 -- "[Damon] brings the necessary light touch to the knockabout mishaps that ensue....[With] Crowe's instinctive warmth of spirit and usual jukebox skill..."
Total Film - Total Film Staff (04/01/2012)
"Comedy-drama meets family entertainment in Cameron Crowe's WE BOUGHT A ZOO....Maggie Elizabeth Jones as Benjamin's wise-beyond-her-years daughter Rosie steals the show..."
Sight and Sound - Sight and Sound Critic (04/01/2012)