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Head (1968)

tomatometer

60

Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 2

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audience

71

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Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 5,635

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Movie Info

The Monkees -- Micky Dolenz, Mike Nesmith, Davy Jones and Peter Tork -- didn't really enjoy being labelled the Prefab Four back when their TV series was all the rage in 1966. With the help and support of Bob Rafaelson (co-producer, co-writer and director) and Jack Nicholson (co-producer, co-writer, and, if you look closely, bit player), the Monkees expressed their displeasure over being packaged for popular consumption in the non sequitur masterpiece Head. At least, it seems that the film is an

PG,

Documentary, Comedy

Bob Rafelson, Jack Nicholson

Jul 21, 1998

Columbia Pictures

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All Critics (20) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (5) | DVD (2)

The clean-cut kids and the created kinetics work up a 'so-what' reaction too soon in the 85-minute stretch seques from war to westerns to desert chases to mad scientist brushes in the Columbia lot.

May 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Despite obviously dated aspects like clumsy psychedelic effects and some turgid slapstick sequences, the film is still remarkably vital and entertaining.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The movie is, nonetheless, of a certain fascination in its joining of two styles: pot and advertising.

May 21, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Sometimes it succeeds.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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It's uneven but mostly a blast.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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In which The Monkees get stoned, commit career suicide, and end up accidentally making one of the best movies of the 1960s.

March 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Popcornworld
Popcornworld

... a surreal mix of psychedelia and satire, a loopy twist on their lighthearted TV show with a dark undercurrent squeezed in between genre parodies.

December 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Parallax View
Parallax View

There is an inherent curiosity quotient for any project this inherently whacked out, which helps smooth over the underlying rub that Rafelson is using the film to rather portentously blow his own horn

December 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

An entertaining mess.

October 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Film Snobbery
Film Snobbery

If the Beatles were housebroken Marx Brothers, the Monkees here are gutty Bowery Boys

February 12, 2010 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

Mad, but highly watchable.

May 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

The result is a visually daring cinematic game that is virtually plotless and better off for being so.

July 26, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

It's no Monty Python.

June 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Equal parts good trip, bad trip, and cheesefest.

August 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

The great movie suicide attempt. The Monkees succeed in killing their careers.

December 21, 2004
Greenwich Village Gazette

Messy it may be, but Head acts as a fascinating document that marked the passing of Woodstock's loved-up summer into the violent winter of Altamont.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Considered a train wreck in 1968, this rock flick keeps getting better with age.

February 7, 2003
Your Movies (cleveland.com)

It's the deliberate assassination of the group by the group itself -- as far removed from their carefully crafted TV image as possible.

December 11, 2002 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Head

i think it probably helps to be high during this but it is a fun ride
March 25, 2013
rubystevens
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

Head really shines as the anti-Hard Day's Night. It takes all the pointlessness and over the top cinema verite and makes a complete mockery of it. This is so fragmented, so conceptual and so bizarre that most people won't know what they've just watched. However, this Is one of the most well done and certainly the most original movie about a band that's ever been made. It actually never focuses on the music itself, which is absolutely hilarious. While it's in the background, at no point is this movie supposed to be concerned about its stars or their music. Bob Rafelson's complete mind trip is circular and complex in nature, but extremely fun to watch and fascinating if nothing else.
April 16, 2011
ythelastman89

Super Reviewer

A trippy film about the Monkees, (a band I know very little about outside of the TV show). A lot of interesting anti-war sentiments that get a little over the top at times, but nothing not said by this generation before. Interesting mostly to see that Jack Nicholson co-wrote and co-produced this film.
January 11, 2011
tsigur

Super Reviewer

If you're expecting a mere extention of The Monkees TV show or a 90-minute episode of the show, you're not going to get it with Head. A plotless series of vignettes and a farewell of sorts to the show, Head just feels like a big acid trip (director Bob Rafelson admits the drug played a big part in the movie's creation.) Head also has plenty of odd cameos that were every bit as odd as the movie (Jack Nicholson, Dennis Hopper, Teri Garr, Tim Carey, Victor Mature) but the music (none of their more well-known stuff is anywhere to be found) is probably the best stuff they've ever done. Fans expecting a fun and coherent romp are likely to be disappointed and whether or not you'll enjoy Head ultimately comes down to if you're in the mood to deal with a stream of consciousness, meandering feast for the eyes and how inebriated you are. You'll either love it or it'll frustrate the hell out of you. I just happened to be in the right mood...
January 4, 2011
mjgildea

Super Reviewer

    1. Peter: Nobody ever lends money to a man with a sense of humor.
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    1. Mike: All right, need a volunteer, we're out of ammo.
    2. Peter: I'll go.
    3. Mike: See that you do.
    – Submitted by Lisa R (3 years ago)
    1. Peter: Everybody's where they wanna be.
    2. Micky: That is a particularly inept thing to say, Peter, considering that we are in a vacuum cleaner.
    – Submitted by Lisa R (3 years ago)
    1. Testy True: Quick! Suck it before the venom reaches my heart.
    2. Mike: What heart?!
    – Submitted by Lisa R (3 years ago)
    1. Mike: Okay. You think they call us plastic now, babe, but wait 'til I get through telling them how we do it.
    – Submitted by Lisa R (3 years ago)
    1. Lord High `n' Low: Boys, don't never, but never, make fun of no cripple!
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