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Project X (1987)

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75

Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 2

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Project X is a top-secret government undertaking involving trained chimpanzees. Grounded pilot Matthew Broderick, assigned to teach the chimps how to operate a flight simulator, discovers that his charges are to be subjected to high levels of radiation to test potential human endurance. Risking a court martial, Broderick links up with Helen Hunt, the researcher who has taught the chimps sign language, to save the simians from destruction. The serious subtext of Project X is forgotten during a

Feb 22, 2005

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All Critics (18) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (4)

"Project X" reflects quality and care throughout, but its elements don't quite mesh.

October 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Plenty of strikes against this--moronic story line, obligatory animal mugging, more "awwwww" opportunities than any film since 3 Men and a Cradle--but it's still one of the most accomplished pulp fantasies in a while.

October 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Broderick is rightly more subdued here than in some recent performances, and supporting cast is discreetly effective.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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Disney-ish drama with a conscience.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The director, Jonathan Kaplan, lays on the animal antics without stint; it's a one-ring circus. The way he tugs at our sympathy for the poor smart beasts may remind you of a house pet scratching away for attention.

May 21, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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It's as unabashedly political as "Silkwood" and unashamedly sentimental as "Lassie Come Home." Yet it remains taut and resists the temptation to paint the villains too broadly.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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A likeable adventure movie with winning work from its young-ish leading man.

October 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Film4
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Broderick is superb as always and proves that he is a commanding screen presence even in the company of a cute chimp. Hunt also turns in a fine performance.

October 26, 2011 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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An exciting family adventure with a great turn by Broderick

May 6, 2005
Moviehole

...it's easy enough to suspend one's disbelief thanks primarily to the film's brisk pace and Broderick's exceedingly ingratiating performance.

March 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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Bland, but reasonably entertaining.

January 4, 2005 Full Review Source: StaciWilson.com
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Matthew Broderick and chimps...there are worse things.

November 24, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Project X could have gone wrong in a dozen different ways, but it doesn't.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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Audience Reviews for Project X

Not that I'm on the side of the crazy army scientist guys in this movie or anything, but I hate movies with monkeys. This is no exception, the story is predictable, yet the actors were good, but all the while I kept hating those monkeys who were supposed to be all cute, they get on my nerves.
January 28, 2011
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Sad movie about military medical experiment on monkeys. Stars a young Matthew Broderick and Helen Hunt who try to rescue the animals.
October 27, 2007
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Candy Rose

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Oh, how this movie made me bawl! It was the first time that I realize animals were used in labs. It also jumpstarted my fear of monkeys.
July 25, 2007
u2acro

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Save the monkeys! Pretty much exactly what you expect.
April 30, 2010
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