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Zookeeper (2011)

Country: USA

Genres: Comedy, Family, Romance

Taglines: Welcome to his jungle.

Director: Frank Coraci

Writers: Nick Bakay, Rock Reuben, Kevin James, Jay Scherick, ...

Stars: Kevin James, Rosario Dawson, Leslie Bibb, Ken Jeong, ...

A group of zoo animals decide to break their code of silence in order to help their lovable zoo keeper find love -- without opting to leave his current job for something more illustrious.

75 | 2011-07-07 | Roger Ebert

It's not the romcom that's so entertaining, anyway; it's the slapstick.
Read More: Chicago Sun-Times

75 | 2011-07-06 | Steve Persall

Sure, it's silly without shame, and predictably sentimental. But Zookeeper is the most thoroughly enjoyable movie for the entire family in theaters right now. I can't believe I just typed that about a Kevin James flick with talking animals.
Read More: Tampa Bay Times

67 | 2011-07-07 | Owen Gleiberman

Zookeeper (I can't believe I'm even writing this) is a dumbed-down "Paul Blart."
Read More: Entertainment Weekly

63 | 2011-07-07 | Sean OConnell

Pratfalls and agonizing tumbles appear to be James's business, and man, business is booming.
Read More: Washington Post

50 | 2011-07-07 | Mick LaSalle

As far as complete wastes of time go, Zookeeper is not especially offensive. Yet it is surprising that everything you might expect to be charming in it just isn't - namely all the bits involving animals.
Read More: San Francisco Chronicle

50 | 2011-07-06 | Roger Moore

James takes his comic lumps like a man. His Griffin suffers injuries and indignities and lets us laugh at him as he does. No matter where the script wanders and where the direction founders, at some point, James' comic instincts take over. And this time, they don't let him down.
Read More: Orlando Sentinel

42 | 2011-07-07 | Keith Phipps

As a study in insanity, Zookeeper is mildly interesting. But as a kiddie comedy, it's something to watch only once the little ones have worn out their "Dr. Doolittle" DVD.
Read More: The A.V. Club

40 | 2011-07-25 | Nick de Semlyen

Some sparks of comedy and fun but largely a flat and unrewarding comedy.
Read More: Empire

40 | 2011-07-07 | Rachel Saltz

It's hard to completely dislike a movie in which Mr. James makes like Fay Wray, hitching a ride on the back of his gorilla pal, Bernie (voiced by Nick Nolte), as Bernie clambers up a bridge.
Read More: The New York Times

40 | 2011-07-07 | Robert Abele

Zookeeper has the territory-marking scent of a franchise product from the Sandler-produced stable: pratfalls, caricature and aggression, which the likeable-enough James isn't as effective at getting laughs with as he is the more recessive, aw-shucks moments.
Read More: Los Angeles Times

40 | 2011-07-07 | Richard Corliss

It's all mildly deplorable and instantly forgettable. Kevin James remains a potentially appealing movie star - if only he didn't have to be in Kevin James movies.
Read More: Time

40 | 2011-07-07 | Todd McCarthy

Although one would never have expected to find her in a film like this, Dawson, by dint of enthusiasm, is the only actor who rises above the material with her dignity intact.
Read More: The Hollywood Reporter

40 | 2011-07-07 | Pete Hammond

Almost totally devoid of charm and genuine laughs despite the presence of star Kevin James and a wonderful veteran voice cast for the creatures.
Read More: Boxoffice Magazine

40 | 2011-07-06 | Bill Goodykoontz

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.
Read More: Arizona Republic

38 | 2011-07-07 | David Hiltbrand

The film would be a moth-eaten mess without the wisecracking animals. Not that it's funny with them.
Read More: Philadelphia Inquirer

38 | 2011-07-07 | Scott Bowles

There isn't much in the way of plot to get in the way of Sandler's world: There's poo, ripped pants and hot girls falling for fat guys.
Read More: USA Today

38 | 2011-07-07 | Mark Feeney

As for other voices, the most notable are Adam Sandler, whose capuchin monkey wears out his welcome pretty quickly; Maya Rudolph, whose jivey giraffe comes perilously close to aural blackface; and Nick Nolte's gorilla.
Read More: Boston Globe

30 | 2011-07-16 | J.R. Jones

The best thing I can say about this sleep-inducing kiddie comedy is that the need to bring in a PG rating must have precluded the endless series of giant-turd gags promised by the title.
Read More: Chicago Reader

30 | 2011-07-07 | Brian Lowry

Ultimately, it's a marketing pitch in search of a movie that proves punishingly flat.
Read More: Variety

25 | 2011-07-08 | Peter Rainer

Numbingly inane comedy.
Read More: Christian Science Monitor

25 | 2011-07-07 | Jennie Punter

Unfortunately, nobody had the good sense to call the comedy authorities and shut this Zookeeper down.
Read More: The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

25 | 2011-07-07 | James Berardinelli

The "special effects" employed to have the animals' mouths form words might have been state-of-the-art 20 years ago, but they're outdated today, and the gorilla looks like a guy in the monkey suit that was abandoned after the 1976 version of "King Kong." I guess CGI was too sophisticated for the technical crew.
Read More: ReelViews

20 | 2011-07-12 | Matt Singer

Fans of the spectacle of Kevin James falling over (nine times in 104 minutes!) and shockingly brazen product placement ("Is T.G.I. Friday's as incredible as it looks?") may dig this deranged comedy; everyone else will be scratching their heads.
Read More: Time Out New York

20 | 2011-07-08 | Joe Neumaier

A children's comedy about talking animals that feels as if it were written by children or, perhaps, by talking animals.
Read More: New York Daily News

20 | 2011-07-07 | Michelle Orange

The talking animals, though less tough to look at than those in "Marmaduke," are murder on the ears: Maya Rudolph as a neurotic giraffe and Sandler voicing a monkey could take the paint off of a Buick.
Read More: Movieline

12 | 2011-07-08 | Lou Lumenick

Zookeeper barely avoids a zero-star rating because of James.
Read More: New York Post

10 | 2011-07-07 | Nick Schager

A comedy whose cliché-embracing stupidity borders on the surrealistic.
Read More: Village Voice

0 | 2011-07-07 | Kimberley Jones

I'm not gonna sugarcoat this: Movies don't have to be this bad.
Read More: Austin Chronicle

0 | 2011-07-06 | Simon Abrams

It's monumentally terrible. "Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son" now has competition for worst picture of the year.
Read More: Slant Magazine