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The Animal

The Animal (2001)



Average Rating: 4.3/10
Reviews Counted: 83
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 58

While less offensive and more charming than recent gross-humored comedies, The Animal is still rather mediocre.


Average Rating: 4.4/10
Critic Reviews: 24
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 16

While less offensive and more charming than recent gross-humored comedies, The Animal is still rather mediocre.



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Former Saturday Night Live cast member Rob Schneider stars in this comedy as Marvin Mage, a wimpy nebbish whose lifelong dreams of becoming a police officer are thwarted by his diminutive stature. But when Marvin is critically injured in an auto wreck, deranged scientist Dr. Wilder (Michael Caton) uses various animal body parts to save his life, leaving the patient with the stamina and physical skills of the organ donors. Marvin quickly gains fame as a supercop, but he's also left with all of


Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy

Tom Brady, Rob Schneider

Oct 30, 2001


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All Critics (101) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (25) | Rotten (58) | DVD (15)

Certainly reeks like something produced from a squatting position.

June 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
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The Animal is never more nor less than stupid, but stupid in ways that deliver goofiness rather than rampant humiliation.

June 11, 2001 Full Review Source: Variety
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Let's hear it for stupendously dumb screen writing.

June 4, 2001 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Frequently it becomes boring.

June 4, 2001
Mr. Showbiz
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It's just not funny.

June 4, 2001
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No classic but far less offensive than the witless dross like See Spot Run that kids have endured on their time off.

April 29, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

While there's no doubt that The Animal will make you laugh, it's not the kind of laughter that outweighs the missing $10 in your pocket.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

It's a great yawning void where Rob Schneider can hump a mail box and attempt to seduce a goat.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

There was one thing about The Animal that did surprise me: the extent to which it systematically rips off Wolf.

May 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
Decent Films Guide

Practically screams out, 'Tiresome!'

October 30, 2001 Full Review Source:

If you want a giggle and are not too fussy, you could do much worse than surrendering to its shamelessly puerile brand of smutty schoolboy humour.

October 29, 2001 Full Review Source:

This could have and should have been a much funnier film.

September 4, 2001 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

About the best you can say regarding this inoffensive Schneider vehicle is, hey, it could have been worse.

June 25, 2001 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

The Animal is nowhere near as shockingly tasteless as it could be.

June 19, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The premise is a single-note joke that is hardly sturdy enough to support a 90-minute feature.

June 14, 2001 Full Review Source:

This movie is a rabid beast that should be put to sleep.

June 11, 2001 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review
3BlackChicks Review

"Is it just me or did they overpublicize this movie?"

June 10, 2001
Matt's Movie Reviews

Considering that this is a movie about a man whose sex drive is controlled by animal urges, I was expecting a lot worse everytime a goat or cow appared on screen

June 9, 2001 Full Review Source: Greg's Previews at Yahoo! Movies
Greg's Previews at Yahoo! Movies

... lurches from scene to scene, some of them ending with a comedic thud, but most just fading into nothingness.

June 8, 2001 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Utterly innocuous and instantly forgettable.

June 7, 2001
New Times

"Think of a dumb, demented Island of Dr. Moreau Saturday Night Live spin-off."

June 6, 2001 Full Review Source:

I'm no fan of injury-based humor, but I guess if there were any actor I'd like to see pummeled, it'd be Rob Schneider.

June 4, 2001 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Audience Reviews for The Animal

The Animal is yet another pointless Rob Schneider comedy that has maybe three actually funny scenes in the entire film. Unfortunately for Schneider, he's a terrible comedian. This film is awful and it's beyond me why this crap got made in the first place. I though that this film was awful, and is one of those comedies that really doesn't stand the test of time. This is the type of comedy film that has poorly constructed jokes and that it really doesn't do anything memorable. The film is just an excuse for Rob Schneider to have a "career" in films. This is so poorly constructed, poorly plotted, yet the idea was pretty interesting. If the script would have been reworked and the jokes better though out, and with a different lead, this might have been a good film. But this film ends up being a big waste of time, and get tiresome after a while. The film rides on one joke practically for the entire length of the film, and it just doesn't cut it. I think that this film should never have been made, and looking back ten years since this crap was made, there have been far better comedies than this. The Animal is one of those comedies that are meant for people who don't want intellectuality to their comedy, it's a mindless one joke film that is so bad, and it can easily be regarded as one of the worst comedies ever made. Even the first two Pauly Shore outings (Encino Man, and Son in Law) brought more laughter than this, and that says something about this train wreck of a film.
November 30, 2011
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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I laughed a lot, and that's the best I can say about this. It's sporadically entertaining, but still lacks what most Happy Madison films do; a decent script.
September 16, 2011

Super Reviewer

NOT funny!
January 4, 2011
Dead Angel

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15/10/2010 (TELEVISION)

If you are in the mood for some childish humor then look no further, "Animal" just has what you wanna laugh at. I totally laughed right through this back in the days and it was a rather good re-watch.

I may not laugh as hard as I did on my initial watch but it's still a rather interesting plot for myself to follow, not original but definitely a fun one.

A funny idea and a rather good laugh for me, one that I probably wouldn't mind watching more than once.
November 11, 2010

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