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Mr. Popper's Penguins (PG)

Comedy, Family

The life of a businessman begins to change after he inherits six penguins, and as he transforms his apartment into a winter wonderland, his professional side starts to unravel.

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The critical consensus

Carrey fans will be let down by the rubber-faced one playing straight man to a pack of penguins. While kids may find the plot p-p-past its sell-by date.

**(*)(*)(*)Ken McIntyre, Total Film, 27/07/2011

Sweet-natured, undemanding family fun.

***(*)(*)James White, Empire Online, 01/08/2011

Raises the odd chortle but is unlikely to appeal to anyone over 10.

***(*)(*)Jason Goodyer, Little White Lies, 04/08/2011

P-p-p-pretty poor ‘family’ comedy insults its members’ intelligence.

Paul Greenwood, Evening Times, 04/08/2011

As family entertainment for the summer holidays it isn't bad, and Britain's Ophelia Lovibond does well as Popper's perky assistant, though Carrey is fundamentally subdued.

**(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 04/08/2011

It’s perfectly harmless, though, and quite genial, with the occasional burst of winking inspiration (Carrey’s out-of-nowhere impression of Jimmy Stewart) to keep the inevitable schmaltz at bay.

***(*)(*)The Telegraph, 04/08/2011

The laughs are a downpayment on the schmaltz.

***(*)(*)Nigel Andrews, Financial Times, 04/08/2011

It might sound horrid but the wistful whimsy manages to put a lump in your throat. P-p-p-pick up a ticket.

****(*)Daily Record, 05/08/2011

Much of the plotting is perfunctory but the slap-stick is fun and Carrey, toning down his usually mugging, shrewdly lets the penguins steal the show.

***(*)(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express, 05/08/2011

The penguins naturally (or as natural as CGI gets) take the biscuit and steal the show. Expect tap dancing.

**(*)(*)(*)Alison Rowat, The Herald, 04/08/2011

Mr Popper's Penguins is much more bearable than most Bad Dad comedies.

Nicholas Barber, The Independent on Sunday, 07/08/2011

There's one excellent scene where the penguins disrupt a black-tie charity event at the Guggenheim Museum, but the laughter is intermittent and is ultimately overwhelmed by a wave of sentimentality.

Philip French, The Observer, 07/08/2011

Mr. Popper's Penguins (PG)

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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