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  • Summary: An adaptation of the beloved 1938 children's book, which won the 1939 Newbery Award. Mr. Popper is a house painter whose dreams of Arctic exploration prompt him to write letters to real explorers. One of them sends him a penguin, which he keeps in the icebox. Before he knows it, the painterAn adaptation of the beloved 1938 children's book, which won the 1939 Newbery Award. Mr. Popper is a house painter whose dreams of Arctic exploration prompt him to write letters to real explorers. One of them sends him a penguin, which he keeps in the icebox. Before he knows it, the painter has a litter of 12 beaked birds. They eat voraciously, leading him to form Popper's Performing Penguins, a stage act that goes on tour and creates mayhem at every stop. (20th Century Fox) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 30
  2. Negative: 5 out of 30
  1. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Jun 18, 2011
    75
    The good news is that, even though one must pace oneself through the dull parts, usually involving Mr. Popper's dullish family, he's in pretty good form whenever he's getting physical.
  2. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Jun 15, 2011
    75
    If you can watch Popper's most trusted penguin finally get to fly and feel like you're soaring right up there with her, then you may just let this likable trifle whisk you back to childhood.
  3. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Jun 16, 2011
    70
    There's no story beyond the utterly formulaic and not the slightest semblance of realism, but your kids will enjoy it if they're young enough and pretty easy to please.
  4. Reviewed by: Kevin B. Lee
    Jun 14, 2011
    60
    While the story is formula cornball, director Mark Waters sells it confidently, handling the unruly antarctic denizens as amiably as he handled Lindsay Lohan in his "Freaky Friday" remake and "Mean Girls."
  5. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Jun 16, 2011
    60
    There is nothing new here, but Mr. Waters, as he showed with the smarter and more daring "Mean Girls" and "Freaky Friday," knows how to keep things buzzing along.
  6. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Jun 16, 2011
    50
    During the movie's awww-inducing conclusion, those of you who are allergic to cuteness - or to Jim Carrey - might want to look away.
  7. Reviewed by: Simon Abrams
    Jun 15, 2011
    25
    If you're wondering where the Jim Carrey of "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective" and "Dumb and Dumber" fame went, don't look to Mr. Popper's Penguins for answers.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 38
  2. Negative: 4 out of 38
  1. Jun 18, 2011
    10
    Absolutely loved it, Mr. Poppers Penguins was a book I grew up with and I absolutely loved this film adaptation. Jim Carrey makes a hilariousAbsolutely loved it, Mr. Poppers Penguins was a book I grew up with and I absolutely loved this film adaptation. Jim Carrey makes a hilarious Mr. Popper and the penguins were amazingly well done. I am a 27 year old male and wanted to see it and used it as an excuse to take my ten year old goddaughter to see a movie on our weekend visit. Expand
  2. Jan 7, 2012
    10
    How could one not like this movie? While it's all pretty predictable, Jim Carrey delivers and it's both funny and delightful. If you'reHow could one not like this movie? While it's all pretty predictable, Jim Carrey delivers and it's both funny and delightful. If you're looking for a movie that the whole family can enjoy together, this would be it. Expand
  3. Sep 5, 2011
    8
    It revolves around Tom Popper (Jim Carrey), a businessman who spends most of his time with his life instead of his family. One day, after hisIt revolves around Tom Popper (Jim Carrey), a businessman who spends most of his time with his life instead of his family. One day, after his father dies, he receives a crate which contains all six penguins who then turns his life upside-down. Learning that he has to love them, he does whatever he can to take care of them at any costs.

    To those who read the book, I've read the book as well, but this movie is loosely based on the book and I've got my opinion to prove it.

    The only problem that I had with this movie was the storyline's pacing. It was so rushed while everything else in this movie turned out great. The casting was brilliant and even Jim Carrey, Angelina Lansbury and Jeffrey Tambor did great at their performances. The jokes were very funny I laughed at every single one of them. The development was organized and well built together. That's all I gotta say.

    Mr. Popper's Penguin's lacks in any depth, but it is a great comedy film and little kids and their parents should watch this so they could laugh their butts off for a few minutes.

    8/10
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  4. Jul 13, 2011
    6
    There is nothing fantastic, fresh, or very original about Mr. Popper's Penguins, but there is enough good humor and a solid performance by JimThere is nothing fantastic, fresh, or very original about Mr. Popper's Penguins, but there is enough good humor and a solid performance by Jim Carrey which makes it worth a look. It was much better than I expected it to be. Expand
  5. Apr 9, 2014
    6
    "Jim Carey is lovely at playing mr . popper" . as always jim carey in comedies is always a jackass . It is funny but this movie is okay ."Jim Carey is lovely at playing mr . popper" . as always jim carey in comedies is always a jackass . It is funny but this movie is okay . sometimes carrey's comedies are funny , stupid , retarted . Grade B maybe a C+ Expand
  6. Dec 26, 2014
    5
    Its story has good intentions and Jim Carrey is always welcome, but "Mr Popper's Penguins" is bereft of the laughs that made previous Carrey'sIts story has good intentions and Jim Carrey is always welcome, but "Mr Popper's Penguins" is bereft of the laughs that made previous Carrey's outputs (The Mask, Liar Liar) a hit. Expand
  7. Jul 30, 2011
    1
    Imagine a blowhard politician, a sycophant Valedictorian, or, even windbag like Charlie Sheen walking up to a podium, adjusting his tie,Imagine a blowhard politician, a sycophant Valedictorian, or, even windbag like Charlie Sheen walking up to a podium, adjusting his tie, clearing his throat, taking a deep breath, and being reduced to simply saying, "don't see this movie." Expand

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