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The Zookeeper's Wife tells the account of keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Zabinski, who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the Nazi invasion.
Drama - This fact-based WWII drama is a big starring showcase for lead
Jessica Chastain. The other recognizable face, Daniel Bruhl, has a
smaller supporting role. There is no language and violence is muted
compared to similar historical dramas, but adult themes and a number
disturbing moments, including the endangerment of animals, are
too intense for young children.
Roger EbertFull Review Average ...has many lovely and moving moments but fails to capture the many layers of this unique story, relying instead on plainly-stated metaphors. ...an incredibly moving and important story, in and of itself.
NY PostFull Review Good Her film dwells more in the aftermath of violence, as when Antonina tends to one of the people she shelters, a traumatized young rape victim (Shira Haas), by letting her care for a baby rabbit.
Slant MagazineFull Review Above Average ...The Zookeeper's Wife is the sort of glossy historical drama that suppresses the darker aspects of the atrocities it chronicles for the sake of tasteful, crowd-pleasing affirmation. Even Nazi turpitude goes down easy here.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 46 moviegoers:
TEENS: The one male enjoyed it very much. Two of the four females loved it and one felt it was an "above average" movie, which indicates a movie they enjoyed very much. The fourth one rated it just "average," (enjoyable but nothing special or memorable).
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: The lone female loved it.
ADULTS: GREAT REVIEWS! Both the males and females loved "The Zookeeper's Wife." Only a small percentage rated it as low as "average."