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75
Anyone of any age can get a kick out of watching penguins slide down the spiraled interior of the Guggenheim Museum, or seeing how one of these flightless birds manages to buck nature.
75
If you can watch Popper's most trusted penguin finally get to fly and feel like you're soaring right up there with her, then you may just let this likable trifle whisk you back to childhood.
70
The six penguins cast in this amiable family comedy steal the movie -- along with any fish they can find -- although the film's star, Jim Carrey, does manage to hold his own. Barely.
70
The whole enterprise is surprisingly painless, albeit in an icy-cool, numbed-out way.
63
Chicago Tribune
For some reason I was under the impression Jim Carrey already made his penguin movie. Doesn't it seem like it?
60
While the story is formula cornball, director Mark Waters sells it confidently, handling the unruly antarctic denizens as amiably as he handled Lindsay Lohan in his "Freaky Friday" remake and "Mean Girls."
60
Arizona Republic
Director Mark Waters manages to wring some charm out of the film, and out of Carrey.
50
Orlando Sentinel
Precious, protracted and pleasant enough.
30
Village Voice
The only faint upside to this excruciating dud is that, in its movie clips of Charlie Chaplin - who the mesmerized birds view as a kindred waddling spirit - the film might hopefully function for some kids as a gateway to superior comedy cinema.
25
Slant Magazine
If you're wondering where the Jim Carrey of "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective" and "Dumb and Dumber" fame went, don't look to Mr. Popper's Penguins for answers.

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