“Cute Family Movie”
“Jim Carey With Penguins...Anyone?”
“P-p-p-perfectly P-p-p-p-palpable-PENGUINS POOP A LOT- (warning* Contains Mild Confusion, Excitement And A Gravitas Of Appreciation Of Poop Gags)”
“"Panda" VS. "Popper's" VS. "Pixar"”
“Good Thing This Jim Carrey Movie Didn't Come Out In 1994 Or We Might Be Getting Another One Of These (May Contain Spoilers)”
“Something Smells Fishy! Oh, Wait! It's The Low Percentage On Rotten Tomatoes. How'd That Happen?!”
With, say, Eddie Murphy as the star, Mr. Popper's Penguins might have been a glorified paycheck contrivance. But Carrey is so naturally stylized that he coaxes the film's gentle, creature-feature insanity to life.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
A mildly amusing specimen of a genre that has produced some of the most unspeakable atrocities of recent cinema.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
As family entertainment for the summer holidays it isn't bad, and Britain's Ophelia Lovibond does well as Popper's perky assistant, though Carrey is fundamentally subdued.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
Mr. Popper's Penguins bears almost no resemblance to the classic children's book of the same name. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
Carrey, who is something of a CGI peacock himself, is the best thing about the film, which should delight young audiences even as it diverts their adult handlers.
Michael O'Sullivan - Washington Post
Everything about it is synthetic except for the occasions in which Carrey can rouse himself from the somnolence of family-movie slop.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
Fervently panders to an under-10 audience with Carrey's main requirement only to mug in a variety of reaction shots to his beaked sidekicks' mischievous hijinks and to provide name-brand legitimacy to a dim and unfunny project.
Nick Schager - Village Voice
Thanks to plucky performances and some perfectly precious pets, "Mr. Poppers Penguins" provides a pleasant, if obviously packaged, pursuit.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
My heart was warmed by gratuitous moments when Mr. Carrey clowns for clowning's sake -- in the best of them, he makes a slo-mo entrance to a press conference, even though the camera is running at normal speed.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
Be prepared for the oh-so-real possibility that your kid -- or your wife -- is going to want a penguin for Christmas after seeing this movie.
Joy Tipping - Dallas Morning News
It's an old-fashioned movie, gentling its way toward satisfying familial reunion, fueled by almost always endearing penguin antics.
Kathleen Murphy - MSN Movies
The director, Mark Waters, moves things briskly along and lets the charming absurdity of penguin behavior rise to its inherently good-natured heights.
Bruce Diones - New Yorker
Mr. Popper's Penguins is a stupefying dumb family movie proving that penguins have limited charisma as pets.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Director Waters did the "Freaky Friday" remake as well as "Mean Girls," and knows enough not to turn a slapstick melee into a headache.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
The beloved 1938 children's book about a house painter who becomes guardian to a dozen penguins has been turned into a standard-issue children's comedy with Jim Carrey.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
A slick, soulless adaptation of the children's book classic...
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
The film is just another slice off a very stale loaf, but it's earnest and benign. It's sometimes funny and contains no ingredients that are bad for you, unless you are allergic to sap.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Why is Jim Carrey standing around watching penguins be funny? Why isn't he in a movie where Jim Carrey is funny?
Tom Long - Detroit News
Director Mark Waters manages to wring some charm out of the film, and out of Jim Carrey.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
Following his terrific performance in the R-rated I Love You Phillip Morris, Carrey has turned to a soft PG vehicle, and shows too much strain to make the comedy viable.
Robert Koehler - Variety
A surprisingly touching, low-key ballad of middle-aged male regret disguised as a kiddie comedy replete with poop and fart jokes and soccer balls launched at Popper's crotch.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
It's not very good, but it works better than it has any right to because Carrey never ever phones it in.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Although the mix of real gentoo penguins and CGI tricksters will keep youngsters entertained, we spend a lot of time waiting for the movie to shake a tail feather.
Linda Barnard - Toronto Star
Such a brazenly moronic and uninspired example of a family movie that you'd swear it was a parody of brazenly moronic and uninspired family movies.
Eric D. Snider - Film.com
Carrey looks frozen out of his own movie -- a stiffer and less elastic version of the younger dynamo. He could have used some of that CGI magic himself.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
What the heck became of Carrey's career as a comic genius?
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
The six penguins cast in this amiable Fox family comedy steal the movie -- along with any fish they can find -- although the film's star, Jim Carrey, does manage very nicely to hold his own.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
All of this would be simply banal if not for Waters' surehandedness and Carrey's clever inserts. This is staccato Carrey, throwing in lines and rubbery faces in between the kid movie machinations.
Jake Coyle - Associated Press
"Mr. Popper's Penguins," a mildly amusing flight of fancy for the family crowd, is far better for its penguins than its Popper.
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
Kid-friendly, if not exactly potty-trained.
Roger Moore - McClatchy-Tribune News Service
Popper is just a pooper.
Austin Kennedy - Sin Magazine
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
In a desert of "family films," it stands out as a surprising oasis.
James Plath - Movie Metropolis
Look out for perky Brit Ophelia Lovibond, who provides a perfectly pleasing performance as Popper's alliteration-prone assistant, Pippi, who peppers her pronouncements with a profusion of p's.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
grown-ups will quickly become annoyed with the squawking, the poorly conceived penguin names and the copious amount of penguin poop
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
familiarity only adds to the feeling that this is just another Carrey movie
James Luxford - The National
Hollywood might be trying to tell us that the answer to a midlife crisis is pets, not Prozac, but those behind the camera could certainly do with a little something to perk them up a bit.
Andrew Simpson - Fan The Fire
Director Waters, who knows his way around young adult fare having directed such films as the 2003 version of "Freaky Friday" and "The Spiderwick Chronicles," again shows a keen eye for finding humor in everyday life
Michael A. Smith - MediaMikes
Vanilla Ice over the closing credits? Pretty much perfect.
Mike McCahill - Scotsman
The laughter is intermittent and is ultimately overwhelmed by a wave of sentimentality.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
Sadly, this is a one-joke film which Carrey cannot keep afloat...
Graham Young - Birmingham Mail
A saccharine family-oriented comedy, which hammers home the central message about parental responsibility and love triumphing over adversity with all the tenderness of a nasty case of frostbite.
Catherine Jones - Liverpool Echo
It's not an awful film but, in the end, it's nothing much at all.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
Much of the plotting is perfunctory but the slap-stick is fun and Carrey, toning down his usually mugging, shrewdly lets the penguins steal the show.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
Raises the odd chortle but is unlikely to appeal to anyone over 10.
Jason Goodyer - Little White Lies
It's not an unwatchable film, it's just that, like the flightless birds, it never manages to take off.
Roz Laws - Birmingham Post
The best thing about Mr Popper's Penguins is that it makes no discernible sense.
- Daily Telegraph
[Carrey's] face performs gymnastic, nay pyroclastic, spasms while the voice cracks gags as a top chef cracks eggs: quickly, expertly, instantly separating, when possible, the joke from the runny stuff.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
Jim Carrey's latest is a perfectly pleasant if predictable picture about a part-time pop who learns his priorites after receiving a package of penguins.
Amber Wilkinson - Eye for Film
This is ultimately standard family fare that will keep children happy without really making a lasting impression.
Terry Staunton - Radio Times