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Dunston Checks In (1996)

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20

Average Rating: 4.5/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 4

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Movie Info

A nervous hotel manager has all sorts of monkey business to deal with (actually orangutan business, but you get the idea) in this comedy for the family. Robert Grant (Jason Alexander) is the manager of The Majestic Hotel, a large and highly luxurious five-star facility. Grant is harried, overworked, and wants to take his two sons, Kyle (Eric Lloyd) and Brian (Graham Sack), on a well-deserved vacation, but when the owner of the Majestic, Mrs. Dubrow (Faye Dunnaway), hears that the hotel is being

PG,

Comedy, Kids & Family

May 28, 2002

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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All Critics (24) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (1) | Rotten (15) | DVD (4)

It's a first-class, stylish farce with a brisk pace and cool wit.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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An unruly orangutan plus an opulent hotel setting equals a natural disaster, or in this case a kids' movie.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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There isn't much of a story. The minimal plot exists exclusively to get the orangutan Dunston (played by "Sam") into as many odd, potentially-comic circumstances as possible.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Dunston does not, in fact, check in.

February 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Gordon and the Whale
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Dumb chimp-gorilla-orangutan genre laughs, and forgettable.

May 22, 2008
Video-Reviewmaster.com

I'm checking out.

December 31, 2004 | Comment (1)
StaciWilson.com

Depends on your orangutan tolerance.

December 1, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Monkeys: they make any movie funnier just by being included.

July 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Its value is ultimately just as a way to keep your children quiet and pliant for ninety minutes.

May 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Dunston Checks In -- Wish I hadn't.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Dunston Checks In

Did the world really need another kids movie with an animal? No, but at least the movie isn't terrible. It's got a couple of funny scenes.
July 8, 2011
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A cute small orangutan makes me laugh heaps while befriends a mischievous teen at the four-star hotel they are plundering, and turns a huge formal ball into chaos.
December 19, 2007
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