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  • Summary: Zoo is an extraordinary glimpse into the life of a seemingly normal Seattle man whose secret sexual appetites led to his shocking death. (ThinkFilm)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    100
    Bold and unforgettable meditation on a truly bizarre incident that pokes at the very heart of one of our culture's biggest taboos.
  2. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    90
    A breathtakingly original nonfiction work by Seattle-based filmmaker Robinson Devor (whose "Police Beat" was among the highlights of Sundance's 2005 dramatic competition).
  3. Whether meaning to or not, Devor and his accomplished crew expand our concept of the documentary film, which relegates this documentary to art houses, not porn theaters.
  4. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    70
    It would have been easy to focus on the eroticism of horses, who, let's face it, are beautiful creatures to look at even for the nonzoophilically inclined, but Devor shows the animals only sparingly. For him, what's most interesting is what the horses represent to the men who (gulp) love them: the wildness and purity of nature itself.
  5. Devor doesn't endorse horse-on-man sex, but he does attempt--with sympathy--to account for the appeal.
  6. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    60
    Zoo avoids any taint of exploitation, but it errs on the opposite extreme. I came away from it wanting a little less Art and a lot more simple reportage.
  7. 38
    A bizarre quasi-documentary that more or less tries to rationalize bestiality as a harmless quirk.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. MrHands
    Oct 24, 2007
    10
    Take a walk on the wild side. Don't you want to know how a father, and successful engineer for Boeing, could end up dying by receiving anal sex from a horse? I've heard of people having sex with animals before and I always assumed that they were under the influence of alcohol and or drugs, or they were insane. It's interesting to hear people, who are apparently able to blend in with society, try to rationalize how they can have a sexual relationship with an animal. Furthermore, the incident that this film focuses on involves a man (Mr. Hands, the engineer) who allowed himself to be mounted by a horse. It's not a case of some randy drunk who rapes a dog; thats a different situation. These "zoo" people seem to have a genuine love for their animals and insist that they do not force the animals to participate. Thats not hard to imagine, as many people have had a dog ride their leg. If you allow a dog to ride your leg, is that bestiality? Are you abusing the dog? FYI ,I don't know, I don't own a dog or a horse, and I love my cat, but I can't imagine a sexual attraction to any animal. If you follow some religion, the issue might be clear to you - it's just forbidden by your god. But for those of us who are willing to examine human behavior from a more objective standpoint, this film will raise interesting questions about the nature of love. Expand
  2. AugustG.
    Sep 27, 2007
    5
    I lived in Enumclaw when this happened. Everyone was surprised, but no one was sympathetic. These people are sick and need help. IT became a joke for a while- hey, i went to Enumclaw to ride a horse the other day. Expand
  3. j
    Jul 7, 2007
    0
    Disgusting! whoever made this movie should be killed.