The Zookeeper's Wife

Movie review by S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Intense, violent true story about courage in WWII.

PG-13 2017 124 minutes

Parents say

age 16+

Based on 12 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 11 reviews

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age 16+

The book is great! Don't bother with the movie

The book was a great read. It did not have violent sexual topics like the movie. It was a touching story of bravery and resilience in such trying times for both Poles and Jews. I would recommend the book for 13+, the movie does the book no justice and there are many unnecessary scenes there that never took place in the book. There are no sexual references in the book.

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age 16+

Too much violences and sexual scenes

Poorly Handled 'The Zookeepers Wife' poorly handles a beautiful and inspiring true story. Based upon real life events that took place in Warsaw, Poland during World War II, this film fails to reach it's intended impact on the audience. The atmosphere of the film is misplaced and has an overall tone that doesn't belong. What should have been a tense film showcasing the impact the war had on zookeeper couple Jan and Antonina Zabinska, and how they responded to the atrocity, ends up feeling quote misplaced with an approach that waters-down the struggle the couple would have gone through. The film spends too much time on certain side plots that are not of importance to the narrative, and only divert the audience from the real story that we came for. Despite the poorly adapted narrative and misguided tone, the film fortunately contains several positive elements. In particular, Jessica Chastain's acting is nothing short of superb and is supported by great performances by Daniel Brühl and Shira Haas. The real-life animals used in the film offer a unique viewpoint of the war, and aid the film to be a visual delight. While it may be flawed in many places, 'The Zookeepers Wife' ultimately tells a unique and beautiful story of World War II that is led by a beautiful performance by Jessica Chastain.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism

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