Human Nature Reviews

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Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
September 8, 2009
[Kaufman and Gondry] dive right into the subject [of sex] to lay bare the pain of it, and to have us laugh at it.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies
July 2, 2008
Human Nature cleverly satirizes our most ridiculous- and in many ways, our most tragic- impulses, and finds a unique balance between light-hearted humor and abject farce.
Staci Layne Wilson
StaciWilson.com
January 1, 2005
Not for everyone, but oddly charming. Great scenes with trained mice.
Jurgen Fauth
About.com
October 16, 2003
A ton of cute ideas do not a satisfying movie make.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 30, 2002
Plays as a sophomoric exercise in the art of satire.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
December 27, 2002
Risky, totally insane, at times brilliant, and absolutely original, Human Nature is a trip. A wonderfully wacky, weird satirical comedy that is hit and miss.
Top Critic
John Powers
L.A. Weekly
December 9, 2002
Although a few moments are hilarious, this would-be romp remains laboriously earthbound when it should be swinging gaily through the trees.
Ron Wells
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
A little watered down Spike Jonze has to be entertaining some of the time, so this isn't a total loss.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Rocchi
Netflix
November 7, 2002
Surreal comedy explores the differences between man and the animals -- and finds humans wanting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
One of a kind, a fresh comedy of ideas, and a daft, deft poke in the funny bone.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Diana Saenger
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 2, 2002
Offers viewers a chance to laugh at themselves.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 29, 2002
... laughing, you can forgive the self-conscious mucking around with the metaphysical... [but] you wouldn't want to call it's cribbed iteration of Rousseau brilliant.
| Original Score: B
Top Critic
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
July 20, 2002
Tries for both civilized wit and primitive joy -- and mostly misses both.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Marshall Fine
Journal News (Westchester, NY)
July 15, 2002
The year's happiest surprise, a movie that deals with a real subject in an always surprising way.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 10, 2002
Weird and wacky, but what else would you expect from the creators of Being John Malkovich?
Audrey Rock-Richardson
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
May 30, 2002
What Kaufman has here is a brilliant, funny, painfully human, and delightfully creative social statement.
| Original Score: B+
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
May 24, 2002
Though not as tightly focused or as well-performed as Malkovich, Human Nature has its own absurdist flair.
| Original Score: 7/10
Vanessa Sibbald
Zap2it.com
May 17, 2002
While "Human Nature" isn't as brilliant or engrossing as "Being John Malkovich," it's still refreshing story telling -- nicely punctured with a surprise musical number straight out of "Snow White."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jason Anderson
eye WEEKLY
May 13, 2002
Such a premise is ripe for all manner of lunacy, but Kaufman and Gondry rarely seem sure of where it should go.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
April 26, 2002
The simplicity with which it depicts these [animal] forces eternally at war with each other is sometimes sublimely evocative.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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