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Family comedy in which the animals at a zoo decide to break their code of silence (think Night at the Museum at a zoo).

Finding himself more comfortable with a lion than a lady, zookeeper Griffin (Kevin James, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, TV's King of Queens) 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 to keep Griffin from leaving, and teach him the rules of courtship - animal style.

Also stars Rosario Dawson and features the voices of Cher as the giraffe, Adam Sandler as the monkey, Sylvester Stallone as the lion and Jon Favreau as the bear.

A.V Club (USA)


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.

Chicago Sun-Times (Roger Ebert)


Look, a great movie this is not. A pleasant summer entertainment it is.

Empire (UK)


Some sparks of comedy and fun but largely a flat and unrewarding comedy.

Entertainment Weekly


Zookeeper (I can't believe I'm even writing this) is a dumbed-down Paul Blart.

Hollywood Reporter


Beastly comedy for the lowest of brow.

Los Angeles Times


The movie is more of a genre-fortified enclosure than a comic idea that gets to run wild.

New York Post


Zookeeper" barely avoids a zero-star rating because of James. The bulky former star of "King of Queens" is impossible to hate no matter how much dumb slapstick he and his stunt double are required to perform.

New York Times


The director, Frank Coraci (The Wedding Singer), doesn’t impose much discipline, letting some scenes run wild and others peter out, their punch lines dangling.

The Guardian (UK)


I would rather lie on a bed of nails watching Dr Doolittle for a week than see a single reel of Zookeeper again.

Total Film (UK)


The simplistic slapstick targets kids, but lengthy sequences focused on James and his lady woes will bore adults, let alone young ’uns.

Variety (USA)


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

Village Voice (USA)


A comedy whose cliché-embracing stupidity borders on the surrealistic.

Not as funny as it could have been

Same story as seen before just done differently. A guy who losses in life and eventually gets better with the help of his colleagues Some good funny bits but they have all been previewed.. Talking animals and some good laughs to be had.. just dont expect it to go anywhere particularly good or unscripted. Its is fairly predictable but expecting that you'll still watch it and laugh.

Amusing enough

Go in with low expectations and you'll be happy. Just don't expect a high brow movie - this is from Adam Sandler after all.

Works for the under 7

A fat American actor tries to be funny. Probably succeeds in America.

Dr Dolittle's & His not so LiL Friends

This one is for the Family, a guy falls out with his girlfriend who turns him down when he asks to her to marry him because he's a zookeeper , The job title was his undoing? "Animals Unite" revael they can talk & try to teach & get them back together again so he wont leave the zoo. Not original but Funny for the family, this movie will bring the animal out of you (pun intended).

Funny or feeding?

In standing with Adam Sandler and the "Happy Gilmore" productions it is just a comedy, laugh at this, laugh at that & it ends with the guy becoming a better person... I could almost feel the canned laughter waiting to come out in a few places, Kevin James is placing a Kevin James role, just as you've seen him before. More focus on the talking animals might have bought more laughs,instead of James's characters romantic interest. Stallone, Cher, Nolte and Sandler (plus more) do great jobs with the voices. Enjoy the childrens film with few adult words/themes, Im so glad I have thumbs.

Genre : children/family, comedy, romantic?

3/5 : predictable but entertaining for the kids