Mr. DuLac’s review:
You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.
It's a big plate of sentimentality served with a side dish of wholesomeness by a master chef of the genre: Cameron Crowe. It has all the tropes of a Crowe film, including an incredibly cute child (Maggie Elizabeth Jones) as a central character, but it's also a very safe and by the numbers movie.
Everything you think will happen, happens. There's really no surprises here. With that said the movie is very well made and the entire cast is great. Matt Damon manages to make this seem legitimate and can evoke an emotional response in some scenes where he has nothing more to act with then a computer screen. Elle Fanning comes off as particularly charming in this too.
It's funny to say, but a film about a family who bought a zoo seems to be the safest and most ordinary movie Cameron Crowe has ever made. It's still very enjoyable though.