100

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Bold and unforgettable meditation on a truly bizarre incident that pokes at the very heart of one of our culture's biggest taboos.
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83

Portland Oregonian

By Shawn Levy
The result is an immersive experience that never forgets the basic facts of the story but attempts with a level head and open mind to understand how in the world it might happen.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
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.
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Devor's sympathy for both the men and the animals is humane, yet his movie is palpably sad. A sense of shame cuts through all the ambiguity. You know less about what you've watched when Zoo is over than you did when it started. And that's what makes the movie so hard to shake.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

Compelling.
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63

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
To what degree does Zoo test our limits of tolerance? In the end, not much, which is why Devor's strange, carefully composed objet d'art is a limited achievement.
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50

Premiere

By Glenn Kenny
Constructing the narrative (made up mostly of dramatic reenactments, although given the static nature of many of the scenes, the word "dramatic" is pushing it) obliquely, Devor and co-writer Charles Mudede weave in the thread concerning the individual referred to as "Mr. Hands" into the film almost casually.
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50

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
You could wander into this poetic documentary willing to be sympathetic toward its subject -- men who have sex with horses -- and still find Zoo cryptic and borderline bogus.
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40

Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
Time and again, Devor sabotages his own attempt to bring "zoos," literally and figuratively, into the light.
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38

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
A bizarre quasi-documentary that more or less tries to rationalize bestiality as a harmless quirk.
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63 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.