Instinct Reviews

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Rob Gonsalves
September 24, 2007
Yet another spiritual weepie that decries human follies and yet puts a happy face on it all.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
November 14, 2005
anyone who goes to 'Instinct' expecting a terrifying thriller will find 'The Serenity of the Gorillas' is a long, long way from 'The Silence of the Lambs.'
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Staci Layne Wilson
January 2, 2005
A guilty pleasure.
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 10, 2003
How sad to hear Oscar winners Hopkins and Gooding,Jr. utter melodramatic dialogue during most of their scenes together.
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
May 31, 2002
Seu título poderia ter sido 'O Silêncio dos Gorilas Sonhando com a Liberdade no Ninho'.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
March 7, 2002
A sanctimonious, heavy-handed conundrum of feel-good clichés and bad-faith intentions.
Full Review | Original Score: short
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 4, 2002
A psychologically rich film about animal and human nature.
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 1, 2000
Not in the least instructive or entertaining.
| Original Score: 4/10
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
January 1, 2000
It's as though the filmmakers got spooked by the very primal scream that would make this movie soar.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jason Kaufman
January 1, 2000
Most of the drama here is in terribly poor taste, with grown men smashing their heads against walls and wetting themselves.
Top Critic
Julie Hinds
San Jose Mercury News
January 1, 2000
The result is so artificial.
Shawn Levy
January 1, 2000
The acting is surprisingly sloppy.
Top Critic
Bob Fenster
Arizona Republic
January 1, 2000
Gooding hurts the film more than his energetic presence helps it!
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
January 1, 2000
In Instinct, the back-to-nature business takes on a misanthropic tone and a nasty malignancy.
Top Critic
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
Regardless of how familiar the storyline and characters seem, everyone connected with the movie seems to think it's of invaluable importance. Instinct is one suffocatingly pompous flick.
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
January 1, 2000
Most unconvincing!
Widgett Walls
January 1, 2000
A lot of naysayers dubbed it 'One Flew Over the Silence of the Gorillas in the Mist'. And, well, they were right.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Edward Johnson-Ott
NUVO Newsweekly
January 1, 2000
Strong acting and philosophical message!
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David N. Butterworth
January 1, 2000
Subtlety is not one of Jon Turteltaub's strong suits.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Michael Dequina
January 1, 2000
Soulless exercises in manipulation such as this that robsany of the enjoyment or genuine excitement out of cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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