Jeremy of We Got This Covered wrote, "Cameron Crowe‘s latest family drama We Bought a Zoo is light on the actual drama and heavy on the family-friendly animal oriented jokes. Crowe takes advantage of the zoo setting and takes shortcuts telling the story, favoring the animal jokes and silly tone a bit too much. We Bought a Zoo is a misfired family drama that could have been so much more. Matt Damon carries the film with his role as the father, but no-one steps in to help keep the film interesting. It eventually loses steam and falls into a pile of its own horseshit."