Conclusion: Mr. Popper's Penguins is not as bad as it looks, not as good as you'll want it to be, and almost nothing like the old children's book whose name it shares. As far as contemporary family comedies go, you could do worse and a lot better than this routine divorced dad tale, which a decidedly not...
Excerpt: It’s probably not the best thing for Mr. Popper’s Penguins when the villain is the most sensible thing in the movie. He’s a zoo keeper, coming to claim the penguins unexpectedly shipped to one Mr. Popper (Jim Carrey).
Conclusion: Mr. Popper's Penguins is ultimately one of those forgettable family comedies parents patiently sit through, hoping their kids are having a fun time. It's not terrible—you can't dismiss it outright—but it's not exactly inspired either.
Excerpt: The Movie Jim Carrey stars as Tom Popper, a slick, successful real estate executive in New York City. The divorced father of two is on the verge of The Big Promotion when life throws him a curveball: His world adventurer dad has just passed away, willing Tom one final souvenir, a live penguin.
Conclusion: 'Mr. Popper's Penguins' is a fun family film that will more than likely delight the kids more than the adults. It's a seen-it-before story, but it works, Jim Carrey delivers another manic performance, and the penguins (real and fake) are so damn cute, much can be forgiven.
Excerpt: Even though it's a somewhat crass, definitely commercial adaptation of a beloved children's book, Mr. Popper's Penguins isn't quite the abomination it could have been. It's not a good movie, but not an entirely insulting one either, trading on Jim Carrey's remarkable physical skills and some moments...
Excerpt: Jim Carrey has made a number of stinkers during his career, but what makes the repellent "Mr. Popper's Penguins" such a heartbreaker is that it arrives so soon after the domestic release of one of his finest performances, as the sneaky Steven Russell in "I Love You Phillip Morris.