A widower (Matt Damon) purchases a zoo in order to bring his family back together in this Twentieth Century Fox adaptation of Benjamin Mee's autobiographical memoir. Cameron Crowe (ALMOST FAMOUS) writes and directs based on a script by Aline Brosh McKenna.
"[T]he uplifting tale has heart, humanity and a warmly empathetic central performance from Matt Damon." (Hollywood Reporter)
"Damon is the most rational of actors....He gives a gradually winning performance as a depressed dad coming to life." -- Grade: B (Entertainment Weekly)
"[W]e have an intelligent family film, a rarity...[It] benefits from a strong acting ensemble that keep emotions in check." (Los Angeles Times)
3 stars out of 4 -- "You want sunshine and uplift, see WE BOUGHT A ZOO." (Washington Post)
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)
"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)