Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic 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: Kyle Smith
    Jun 17, 2011
    75
    As Popper himself notices, his and the penguins' saga gets so endearing that it could have been narrated by Morgan Freeman.
  3. Reviewed by: Connie Ogle
    Jun 16, 2011
    75
    Penguins are intrinsically amusing. In general, Jim Carrey is amusing, too, provided you can overlook that whole "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" debacle. In Mr. Popper's Penguins, he and they add up to surprisingly fun family entertainment.
  4. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Jun 15, 2011
    75
    Anyone of any age can get a kick out of watching penguins slide down the spiraled interior of the Guggenheim Museum, or seeing how one of these flightless birds manages to buck nature.
  6. Reviewed by: Pete Hammond
    Jun 16, 2011
    70
    A refreshing, hilarious and heartwarming movie for everyone.
  7. 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.
  8. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Jun 16, 2011
    70
    The whole enterprise is surprisingly painless, albeit in an icy-cool, numbed-out way.
  9. Reviewed by: Kirk Honeycutt
    Jun 15, 2011
    70
    The six penguins cast in this amiable family comedy steal the movie -- along with any fish they can find -- although the film's star, Jim Carrey, does manage to hold his own. Barely.
  10. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Jun 16, 2011
    63
    Predictable, but well-intentioned fun.
  11. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Jun 16, 2011
    63
    The moral lesson that this movie feeds us smells fishy - because it's not in the book. But the backbone story about a guy who inherits some penguins is enough to tickle the kids.
  12. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Jun 16, 2011
    63
    For some reason I was under the impression Jim Carrey already made his penguin movie. Doesn't it seem like it?
  13. Reviewed by: James White
    Jul 31, 2011
    60
    Sweet-natured, undemanding family fun.
  14. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Jun 17, 2011
    60
    There is something infectious about the old-fashioned innocence of Mark Waters' comedy.
  15. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Jun 16, 2011
    60
    The-impossible-to-upstage stars are the penguins, a combination of real Gentoos specially trained for the film and some computer-generated counterparts. The special effects gurus blend the two seamlessly, making it easy to believe there was no digital wizardry involved, which is perhaps the niftiest trick of all.
  16. 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.
  17. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Jun 16, 2011
    60
    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.
  18. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Jun 15, 2011
    60
    Director Mark Waters manages to wring some charm out of the film, and out of Carrey.
  19. 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."
  20. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Jun 23, 2011
    50
    In the sea of mediocrity that passes for children's films these days, Mr. Popper's Penguins has enough originality (and silly physical comedy) to make it stand out.
  21. Reviewed by: Rick Groen
    Jun 16, 2011
    50
    By happy coincidence, their names – Bitey, Loudy, Stinky, Lovey and Nimrod – pretty much double as a plot summary.
  22. 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.
  23. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Jun 16, 2011
    50
    This is a flavorless adaptation of Richard and Florence Atwater's 73-year-old children's book.
  24. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    Jun 16, 2011
    50
    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.
  25. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Jun 16, 2011
    50
    Precious, protracted and pleasant enough.
  26. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Jun 16, 2011
    38
    The movie stars Jim Carrey, who is in his pleasant mode. It would have helped if he were in his manic mode, although it's hard to get a rise out of a penguin.
  27. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Jun 16, 2011
    33
    Mr. Popper's Penguins reins in its rubber-faced star, leaving most of the rote physical comedy (and overabundance of fart jokes) to his nonhuman counterparts, comprised of a combination of CGI and real penguins.
  28. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Jun 14, 2011
    30
    The only faint upside to this excruciating dud is that, in its movie clips of Charlie Chaplin - who the mesmerized birds view as a kindred waddling spirit - the film might hopefully function for some kids as a gateway to superior comedy cinema.
  29. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Jun 16, 2011
    25
    Everything about the idea of Mr. Popper's Penguins sounds lovely, and everything about the actual movie is ugly.
  30. 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.
User Score
6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 95 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 37
  2. Negative: 4 out of 37
  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. Full Review »
  2. Jun 18, 2011
    10
    awesome concept , and the cast is brilliantly chosen....most awaited movie for kids this season, and jim carry was due for a big release ,thisawesome concept , and the cast is brilliantly chosen....most awaited movie for kids this season, and jim carry was due for a big release ,this could be the one feel good movie we all were looking forward for.
    the dialogues are situation based and are really hilarious
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  3. Jun 18, 2011
    10
    Nice to see Jim back in action, its funny, emotional, warm feelings and has nice Quotes you can take for your life. And the penguins areNice to see Jim back in action, its funny, emotional, warm feelings and has nice Quotes you can take for your life. And the penguins are hilarious and Jim Carrey he does his funny and great acting. Kids will love it and great Family movie Full Review »