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Mighty Joe Young

Mighty Joe Young (1998)

tomatometer

52

Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 46
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 22

Beguiling effects transcend a predictable plot.

67

Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 2

Beguiling effects transcend a predictable plot.

audience

40

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Average Rating: 2.8/5
User Ratings: 195,040

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Movie Info

After being discovered in the African outback, a twenty foot ape and his young woman companion escape to Los Angeles where the become an instant sensation.

PG,

Drama, Action & Adventure, Kids & Family

Mar 23, 1999

Buena Vista

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All Critics (69) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (22) | DVD (13)

Thrilling family fun.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

... a frustrating cartoon of a movie...

April 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Weekly
Seattle Weekly

Entertaining enough.

January 2, 2005 Full Review Source: StaciWilson.com
StaciWilson.com

An old-fashioned adventure film that ranks with the best of the genre.

June 19, 2003 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

King Kong has never looked so ... drowsy. Sleepy, boring tale of kind-hearted gorilla gets old real quick, but with Charlize Theron though, Disney proves men can have dirty thoughts while their children are entertained. Hooray Charlize!

August 1, 2002

A family film about the heroics of a gorilla trying to stay alive in the face of human greed and violence.

March 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

So slavishly formulaic, so deprived of an any inspiration of any kind, that it very well could have been written by a monkey.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

King Kong light. Insipid Joe Young. Just because this film is rated PG doesn't mean it has to be written on the level of an orangutan.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Nitrate Online
Nitrate Online

Never get into a movie where you play opposite an animal, right? They should have listened.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Needcoffee.com
Needcoffee.com

likely to please fans of the 1949 film as well as delight younger viewers who've never heard of the simian hero before.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

Middlin' monkey business with Charlize Theron.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
rec.arts.movies.reviews

The filmmakers forgot about the adults who pay to bring the target audience to the multiplex.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Although you could certainly do much worse, there is only one really distinctive quality about the film, and that is Charlize Theron's charismatic performance.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com
DustinPutman.com

No muy buena, pero ofrece un buen rato de entretenimiento familiar

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Moviola

Audience Reviews for Mighty Joe Young

It is all very Hollywood, but a watchable film none-the-less. A remake of the old black and white classic and a landmark of how far film effects have come during that length of time.
February 25, 2012
76Majikat

Super Reviewer

Remake of the classic original which had classic Harryhausen effects, this newer model actually does justice to the first film whilst giving us a much more vivid visual treat.

The original film was created by the same team that made the original King Kong film so you obviously have allot of similarities in plot and action sequences but I guess you gotta over look that alittle. The newer film is similar with its plot yet tweaked here and there with minor changes but its almost along the same lines, the main changes are of course the effects which do look surprisingly good for a film made in 98 with cgi of the time.
All 'Joe' sequences are pretty darn good showing allot of good hair detail including movement and that shine gorilla hair has, mixed with exceptional puppet/masks using animatronics by the legendary Rick Baker you can see why it looks so good. The cgi is the main surprise though which is really well done blending with most backgrounds pretty well, some sequences are obvious but its not bad at all, I must admit I was taken aback when viewing this again at how well it stands up today.

Its a typical Disney type film of course with cliched characters, allot of corny moments and predictable setups but the original was actually like this too so Disney have remained reasonably faithful. Its still very much a 'Kongish' film right up to the final moment and myself I didn't really like it when Joe gets loose and runs amok then saves the kid, too kong-like and mawkish at the same time but its still an above average film mainly thanks to Baker and his work.
July 27, 2011
phubbs1

Super Reviewer

A very good movie! Bill Paxton held this together more than it already was!
January 27, 2010
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

What a beautiful Story based upon real events.
December 1, 2009
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Wahida K

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