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The Zookeeper's Wife

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Intense, violent true story about courage in WWII.

Movie PG-13 2017 124 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 12 parent reviews

age 18+


I am highly upset that this movie is rated PG13 . It is by NO means a PG 13 movie. The womans breasts were completely exposed. You say brief, I say long enough for me and my husband to know exactly what was on our screen. If you are a christian conservative family or care about what your chikdren watch I DO NOT recommend this movie for anyone under 18. Im sorry but this movie is rated R. Any naked body parts should be rated R. As far as the storyline goes. Its a great story for adults. The naked scene happens around the 13 minute mark so be aware of that. Other than that. Good movie. I woupd rate it a 2 to 3 star for poor judgement on rating but it wouldnt let me.

This title has:

Too much sex
3 people found this helpful.
age 16+

Good, but not for young viewers

I saw this movie and thought it was well done. I do not think it is appropriate for children under the age of 16 due to the violent nature -rape of young teen girl, executions, brief nudity, and passionate and forced sexual scenes.
2 people found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (12 ):
Kids say (12 ):

This story is beautifully filmed and important, but it suffers from an affliction that many period films based on a single central figure endure: No one except the main character truly comes alive. And while Chastain is captivating in the title role, even Antonina remains somewhat opaque. Her deep love for those she cares for -- both animals and people -- is quickly explained by a short scene late in the film, almost as if someone was checking off a cinematic "to do" list. Everyone else in The Zookeeper's Wife, meanwhile, feels somewhat paint-by-numbers, including both Jan and the Jewish men, women, and children to whom the Zabinskis offer sanctuary. Only one of them, Urszula (Shira Haas), has texture and complexity, and even then, we still don't really get to know her story.

The movie is strongest when it focuses on the Zabinski home and the zoo; the bond between the family and their animals is palpable from the start, when we see their son napping next to a lion cub. But outside of that relative haven, the world is hard and broken, and these sections of the film are less effective, with director Niki Caro relying on visuals we've seen before in many other films about World War II and the Holocaust. Still, The Zookeeper's Wife will likely affect viewers deeply, offering a reminder that cruelty and brutality of this magnitude once had the capability to rob humans of their empathy and, well, humanity. Thankfully it also offers the reminder that there are always bold souls who will brave the fray and fight for what's right. It's an important, and sobering, lesson to re-learn.

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