Mr. Popper's Penguins Reviews

  • 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

  • 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

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