This holiday season, acclaimed filmmaker Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous) directs an amazing and true story about a single dad who decides his family needs a fresh start, so he and his two children move to the most unlikely of places: a zoo. With the help of an eclectic staff, and with many misadventures along the way, the family works to return the dilapidated zoo to its former wonder and glory.
- Cameron Crowe
- Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church, Patrick Fugit, Elle Fanning, John Michael Higgins
Not surprisingly, this menagerie of genres doesn't mesh.Claudia Puig, USA Today, 12.22.2011
Nothing that happens in this movie is in the least surprising, but it's all quite pleasant and even, at times, moving.David Denby, New Yorker, 01.08.2012
Damon and Colin Ford as his teen son have an affecting hesitancy, their hearts hovering between the living and the dead.David Edelstein, New York Magazine, 12.29.2011
The film is sweet. Its observations of life in the aftermath of death ring true, especially for anyone who's traveled the contours of mourning.Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle, 12.22.2011