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Space Chimps (2008)



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

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


Average Rating: 4.3/10
Critic Reviews: 24
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 15

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



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Jeff Daniels, Stanley Tucci, Cheryl Hines, and Andy Samberg lend their voices to this computer-animated comedy following the descendants of the first chimps in space as they blast off for fun and adventure on a far-away planet. Ham III (Samberg) is the grandson of Ham, the first-ever chimp astronaut. This ne'er-do-well chimp may not be the most qualified ape for the job, but a scheming senator (Tucci) has recruited him for a most dangerous mission. It seems that a powerful tyrant (Daniels) has

Nov 25, 2008


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All Critics (95) | Top Critics (24) | 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.

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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I have to admit, there's a sort of dopey, cute, harmless charm to this movie. It actually doesn't stink.

July 21, 2008 | Comments (2)
Ebert & Roeper
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Only a truly dreadful story could make 81 minutes seem like an eternity. And Space Chimps is just that leaden experience.

July 18, 2008 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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The animated action movie nevertheless delivers -- da-dum -- more fun than a barrel of monkeys.

July 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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July 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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There's probably not enough fuel beyond cute chimps in Candyland to achieve orbit for the kids.

July 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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...strikes virtually all of the wrong notes right from the get-go...

February 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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.

January 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Nothing here works. At all.

December 4, 2008 Full Review Source:

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

October 29, 2008 Full Review
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.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
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.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

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

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders
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?').

October 1, 2008 Full Review Source:

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

September 19, 2008 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

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

September 19, 2008 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)

A sweet and harmless family film.

September 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
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.

August 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

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

August 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
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.

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: This is London
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.

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

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

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
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.

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Total Film
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.

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

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

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

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

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

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.
February 9, 2012

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.
November 6, 2011
Directors Cat
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Surprisingly very good
January 2, 2011
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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.
November 12, 2010

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