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Space Chimps (2008)


Average Rating: 4.6/10
Reviews Counted: 92
Fresh: 31
Rotten: 61

Critics Consensus: Space Chimps' cheap animation and overabundance of monkey puns feels especially dated in a post-Wall-E world.

Average Rating: 4.2/10
Reviews Counted: 25
Fresh: 9
Rotten: 16

Critics Consensus: Space Chimps' cheap animation and overabundance of monkey puns feels especially dated in a post-Wall-E world.


Average Rating: 2.8/5
User Ratings: 124,111


Movie Info

When a $5 billion Space Agency probe disappears into an intergalactic wormhole, the agency recruits Ham III, grandson of the first chimpanzee in space, to help retrieve the wayward craft. But Ham is a free-spirited circus performer more interested in zero gravity high jinks than living up to his illustrious heritage. The simian slacker becomes a reluctant hero and learns the true meaning of courage as he and his crewmates, the plucky Lieutenant Luna and their by-the-book commander, Titan, risk … More

Action & Adventure , Animation , Kids & Family , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Kirk De Micco , Rob Moreland
In Theaters:
Nov 25, 2008
Box Office:
20th Century Fox - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Space Chimps

All Critics (95) | Top Critics (25) | Fresh (31) | Rotten (61) | DVD (14)

Coupling the men-on-a-mission antics of 'Armageddon' with the catch-all sci-fi pastiche of TV's 'Futurama', 'Space Chimps' is an underwhelming slice of lowbrow CGI entertainment.

Full Review… | August 1, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

I have to admit, there's a sort of dopey, cute, harmless charm to this movie. It actually doesn't stink.

July 21, 2008
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Only a truly dreadful story could make 81 minutes seem like an eternity. And Space Chimps is just that leaden experience.

Full Review… | July 18, 2008
USA Today
Top Critic

The animated action movie nevertheless delivers -- da-dum -- more fun than a barrel of monkeys.

Full Review… | July 18, 2008
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Full Review… | July 18, 2008
Seattle Times
Top Critic

There's probably not enough fuel beyond cute chimps in Candyland to achieve orbit for the kids.

Full Review… | July 18, 2008
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

...strikes virtually all of the wrong notes right from the get-go...

Full Review… | February 6, 2009
Reel Film Reviews

It's likely that few people will ever even notice the success it might have been or the unremarkable failure it turned out to be.

Full Review… | January 12, 2009
Apollo Guide

Nothing here works. At all.

Full Review… | December 4, 2008

Some days you just can't resist cartoon chimps mocking William Shatner's delivery.

Full Review… | October 29, 2008
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

A film that, in a non-Pixar dominated reality, would be cleaning up at the box office. It's enough to make you laugh.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Austin Chronicle

Space Chimp's narrative pendulum swings illustrate, in contrasting fashion, the care, depth and shading given to storylines by Pixar and creators of other top-shelf animated fare.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Screen International

While it is not a transcendent flick, it will certainly provide necessary child pacification on a hot Saturday afternoon.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Entertainment Insiders

It's pretty much your run-of-the-mill CGI effort (and remember the days when the technology used to inspire 'ahhs and ohhhs?').

Full Review… | October 1, 2008

There is genuine sparkle in the voice work and more than a few jokes that really do hit the sweet spot.

Full Review… | September 19, 2008
FILMINK (Australia)

A movie called Space Chimps ought to be cheap, crude and silly, and this computer-animated lark delivers on all fronts.

Full Review… | September 19, 2008
The Age (Australia)

A sweet and harmless family film.

Full Review… | September 15, 2008
Urban Cinefile

Cheap animation and a virtually non-existent plot pretty much destroy any semblance of potential this one-note premise has from the starting gates.

Full Review… | August 12, 2008
Film Threat

A real writer would have turned this in to a great animated action flick instead of animated ADD pabulum...

Full Review… | August 5, 2008
Cinema Crazed

The film is pacy, full of humour rather than thrills and not too long. Not for connoisseurs of animation but fun for the young.

Full Review… | August 1, 2008
This is London

So, as our badly animated apes are sent to an alien planet for dull-as-ditchwater adventures with a population of little green men, the film doesn't just stoop in pursuit of a buck, it shimmies beneath the bar to record a new low.

Full Review… | August 1, 2008
Daily Mirror [UK]

My heartfelt advice is have mercy on your children and take them to see WALL-E instead.

Full Review… | August 1, 2008
Daily Mail [UK]

Space Chimps tries to please both kids and parents with a queasy mix of rapid-fire, Looney Tunes-y slapstick and sly pop culture references, but the surprisingly flat animation and tired jokes keep it from ever leaving orbit.

Full Review… | August 1, 2008
Total Film

The animation will dazzle undemanding tots, but the writers must have been paid peanuts for a script that flings around hit and (mostly) miss gags, ranging from fart funnies to Freudianism (!), like so much monkey mess.

Full Review… | August 1, 2008
Sky Movies

It may look half-finished, but it's bright and silly and passes the time.

Full Review… | August 1, 2008
Daily Telegraph

Space Chimps isn't so terrible - unashamed kids stuff that addresses no bigger question than how to pee in a space suit.

Full Review… | August 1, 2008

Audience Reviews for Space Chimps

This is very silly childish stuff and most of the aliens seen on the alien planet the chimps go to are really bad looking with terrible animation and horrible colour schemes, the jokes are cheesy and the characters are really cliched. Basically its the same kind of kids film over again but made worse cos the main characters are chimps and kinda spooky haha
The best thing about the whole film is Patrick Warburtons voice :) he just has a brilliantly funny tone to his voice that is deep flat and sarcastic, always works.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

Space Chimps has a very interesting premise that might have made a good movie if it also had good animation and less monkey puns.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer


Surprisingly very good

michael e.
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer


Fun animated Space Chimps movie, kept me engaged. The jokes were funny enough. I liked how they thought at first the mission was just another training exercise. I liked the Herbie Hancock music. It was cool when they landed on the alien planet. Each of the chimps had different personalities. The animation budget was a bit crude, so the space effects weren't as beautiful, dynamic and believable as WALL-E.

Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer

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