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  • Summary: In Zookeeper, the animals at the Franklin Park Zoo love their kindhearted caretaker, Griffin Keyes. Finding himself more comfortable with a lion than a lady, Griffin decides the only way to get a girl in his life is to leave the zoo and find a more glamorous job. The animals, in a panic, decide to break their time-honored code of silence and reveal their biggest secret: they can talk! To keep Griffin from leaving, they decide to teach him the rules of courtship - animal style. (Sony Pictures)

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 29
  2. Negative: 15 out of 29
  1. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Jul 7, 2011
    It's not the romcom that's so entertaining, anyway; it's the slapstick.
  2. Reviewed by: Sean OConnell
    Jul 7, 2011
    Pratfalls and agonizing tumbles appear to be James's business, and man, business is booming.
  3. Reviewed by: Keith Phipps
    Jul 7, 2011
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    Jul 7, 2011
    The film would be a moth-eaten mess without the wisecracking animals. Not that it's funny with them.
  5. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    Jul 16, 2011
    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.
  6. 25
    Unfortunately, nobody had the good sense to call the comedy authorities and shut this Zookeeper down.
  7. Reviewed by: Simon Abrams
    Jul 6, 2011
    It's monumentally terrible. "Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son" now has competition for worst picture of the year.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 32
  2. Negative: 19 out of 32
  1. Jan 23, 2012
    Kevin James barley made this movie watchable and the weird thing is that it seems like Adam Sandler is like a bad luck charm because almost all movies that he is involved in are all epic fails like Bucky Larson which should have ended his career just for being involved. Well the movie is dumb and lame it's a darn shame that James and Adams cant make a good movie like I Pronounce you chuck and Larry which I didn't even find remotely bad despite it's awful reviews Expand
  2. Apr 6, 2014
    Zookeeper is just an orginal kevin james movie . the comedy is sort of enjoyable . Grade A- ............................................................................ Expand
  3. Aug 29, 2011
    I gave this movie a five because the previews appear to be targeting adult audiences with the romance plot line.
    However, I felt this movie
    would have been more appropriate for a younger audience. Dr Dolittle has been done before, and talking animals should remain with Disney. Expand
  4. Aug 25, 2011
    This isn't what talking animal movies are all about. As an excuse for being a Dr. Dolittle rip-off, sure the movie is Zookeeper. But Kevin James was a big stud when he played Paul Blart Mall Cop and the movie was absolutely funny. For the sad part, I couldn't find a Zookeeper around here. Maybe he's trying to steal jewelry or make a bad impression of an Eddie Murphy wannabe. But I like to be said that Zookeeper is one of the worst talking animal movie of 2011. Collapse
  5. Aug 1, 2011
    There really isn't a lot to say about this movie. Besides Kevin James, who makes the movie slightly watchable, is the only sunshine in this awful dark cave. Uninspired, cliche, and laughably bad script topped with some horrible and annoying performances, bad effects, and most of all, a pointless message, and Zookeeper is one of the worst movies of the year. The trailer perfectly sums up how bad this movie is. Don't watch it! Expand
  6. Jul 22, 2011
    This is just an awful film. Did not laugh through the entire movie. Its incredibly predictable. the acting and voice acting is also really bad. Do not watch it! Its a real shame that Kevin James has gone so low :(. Expand
  7. Jul 30, 2011
    One of the most unforgiving reviews is one where the statement "totally miscast" is thrown into the ring. This movie is so bad that voice-overs are miscast. The gorilla in this movie could have been pulled from a Three Stooges sketch, warranting a 4 year old screaming from his theater seat, "Is that grandpa in that Gorilla Suit?!" None of the voices are memorable - most annoying. The last time I saw so many trips, falls, and unintentional, intentional, accidents I was watching TV Land and Cindy was overacting on yet another episode of "Three's Company". Kevin James is easily the highpoint of this movie - high as in "knee-high to a grasshopper". Expand

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