• PG, 1 hr. 28 min.
  • Comedy, Kids & Family
  • Directed By:
    Ken Kwapis
    In Theaters:
    Jan 12, 1996 Wide
    On DVD:
    May 28, 2002
  • Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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Dunston Checks In Reviews

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Chase Whale
Gordon and the Whale

Dunston does not, in fact, check in.

Full Review Source: Gordon and the Whale | Original Score: F

February 19, 2013
Leonard Klady
Variety
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It's a first-class, stylish farce with a brisk pace and cool wit.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 26, 2009
Steve Crum
Video-Reviewmaster.com

Dumb chimp-gorilla-orangutan genre laughs, and forgettable.

| Original Score: 2/5

May 22, 2008
Derek Adams
Time Out
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An unruly orangutan plus an opulent hotel setting equals a natural disaster, or in this case a kids' movie.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
Staci Layne Wilson
StaciWilson.com

I'm checking out.

December 31, 2004
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Depends on your orangutan tolerance.

| Original Score: 2/5

December 1, 2002
Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide

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

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 35/100

July 26, 2002
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

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

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 28, 2002
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

Dunston Checks In -- Wish I hadn't.

Full Review Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 1/4

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 1/5

August 12, 2005
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

| Original Score: 2/5

November 4, 2004
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

| Original Score: 2/5

May 14, 2004
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2/5

June 10, 2002
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000

Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: D+

January 12, 1996
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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May 20, 2003
Kim Williamson
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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February 13, 2001
Barry Walters
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
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