Zookeeper Reviews

  • It's all very ho-hum, though James, who's like Jason Alexander with a touch of Jeremy Piven, is still a schmo you can't help rooting for.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • Coraci doesn't impose much discipline, letting some scenes run wild and others peter out, their punch lines dangling.

    Rachel Saltz — New York Times

  • It's hard to think of a human finding much to laugh about in this wounded beast.

    Scott Bowles — USA Today

  • Casting carries "Zookeeper" over its roughest patches. The vocal guest stars are inspired.

    Sean O'Connell — Washington Post

  • The talking animals are wildly child-pleasing, except that much of their talk concerns matters of animal husbandry. Is there such a thing as a hard PG?

    Mark Feeney — Boston Globe

  • A comedy whose cliche-embracing stupidity borders on the surrealistic.

    Nick Schager — Village Voice

  • A children's comedy about talking animals that feels as if it were written by children or, perhaps, by talking animals.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • There's little to recommend about Zookeeper, a movie that's flat, lacking in surprises and very dull.

    Gary Dowell — Dallas Morning News

  • Did we mention that things just go better with Kevin James? Well-trodden comedy hooks become strangely more amusing. Goofball physical shtick elicits broader smiles. The bumblingly stupid is made endearing.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • If a worse movie is released this year, I hope I don't have to see it.

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • Look, a great movie this is not. A pleasant summer entertainment it is.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • If you've been waiting for Hollywood to produce a romantic comedy with a supporting cast made up of talking animals . . . well, no, even then, Zookeeper will let you down.

    David Hiltbrand — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Will most audiences mind this? Probably not. Should they? Of course. They deserve better and frankly, so does Kevin James.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • It's stupid, then it veers toward the absurd, but with James at its center it remains sort of sweet throughout. You can't hate James or the movie; both are just sort of dopey but well-meaning.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • Ultimately, it's a marketing pitch in search of a movie that proves punishingly flat, with even the slapstick so sparsely delivered as to replicate a long slog through the zoo, surrounded by fidgety kids, on a suffocating summer's day.

    Brian Lowry — Variety

  • This one is strictly for James' hard-core fans and anyone wishing to witness the sole appearance of the once-mighty MGM lion on a new feature this year.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • Little kids - hence the G rating - and those who think poop-tossing is funny will be amused by Zookeeper. The rest of us are better off not feeding the animals.

    Linda Barnard — Toronto Star

  • Kevin James has developed an irresistible screen persona as a nice-guy/underdog, which has served him well in some pretty mediocre films like Paul Blart: Mall Cop. In that context, Zookeeper is a quantum leap forward...

    Leonard Maltin — indieWIRE

  • Unfortunately, nobody had the good sense to call the comedy authorities and shut this Zookeeper down.

    Jennie Punter — Globe and Mail

  • James can be a funny guy, but the lack of laugh-worthy material in Zookeeper stretches his comedic abilities past the breaking point.

    James Berardinelli — ReelViews

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