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Monkeybone (2001)



Average Rating: 3.8/10
Reviews Counted: 112
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 90

Though original and full of bizarre visuals, Monkeybone is too shapeless a movie, with unengaging characters and random situations that fail to build up laughs.


Average Rating: 3.8/10
Critic Reviews: 31
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 25

Though original and full of bizarre visuals, Monkeybone is too shapeless a movie, with unengaging characters and random situations that fail to build up laughs.



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This feverishly energetic comedy combines stop-motion animation and live action from director Henry Selick, creator of The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) and James and the Giant Peach (1996). Brendan Fraser stars as Stu Miley, a cartoonist who created a randy monkey character called Monkeybone that has taken off in popularity, making him a celebrity. Stu's set to launch a TV series based on Monkeybone and marry his beautiful fiancée Julie (Bridget Fonda) when he's injured in a freak accident


Animation, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy

Sam Hamm

Jul 10, 2001


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All Critics (115) | Top Critics (31) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (90) | DVD (21)

You can almost see money dripping off the walls of the sets and cybersets in this special-effects extravaganza.

April 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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The design is often brilliant, although the film is nowhere near as tasteless or funny as it ought to be.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Why do I still have a soft spot for this flick? Because there are glimmers of intelligence in the mess, because it must have driven the marketing department crazy, and because it fails so differently than all those run-of-the-mill failures.

March 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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There's unwieldy mess -- but there's also unruly brilliance to this dark and funny story.

March 1, 2001 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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One of those newfangled production design monstrosities that grabs you by the collar in the first ten minutes, then shakes you around like a rag doll until you're ready to drop.

February 23, 2001 Full Review Source:
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The result is a script so needlessly complicated that it defies comprehension.

February 23, 2001 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Starts out bad and gets progressively worse.

January 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Fun fun fun, but not necessarily for all the family.

July 13, 2010 Full Review Source: Film4

Primed to be dark, twisted, and playful -- all exhibited traits of the works of the director, animator Henry Selick -- it is instead juvenile, amateurish, and sloppy.

November 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

A bundle of chaotic energy signifying nothing.

February 11, 2009 Full Review Source:

The film Monkeybone is a raucous mess. Director Henry Selick mixes animation and live action to the noisy, clumsy detriment of both.

February 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife outrageously funny demonstration of how our interior angst can be put into the service of art.

January 27, 2009 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm

This tale about alter ego and greed generates more morbid and sexual content than a real sense of ghoulish fun or panic.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

A crass and frantic comedy-fantasy pitched alternately, I think, at ten-year-olds or stoned college students.

July 18, 2008 Full Review Source:

The movie doesn't seem to have a purpose other than to fill space.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
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January 4, 2005 Full Review Source:

An embarrassment for Brendan Fraser. Consider this surreal comedy attempt a career hurdle that Fraser has since cleared.

October 25, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Don't waste your time with this monkey business.

May 7, 2004 Full Review Source:

Monkeybone is kind of like a Tim Burton movie - except it wasn't directed by Tim Burton.

August 1, 2003
Reel Film Reviews

There's a special place in my heart for movies that create new worlds for us to inhabit.

May 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Blather
Film Blather

A largely frustrating 90-minute experience.

May 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Selick does his cast a major disservice.

May 14, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

If you're interested in craziness, loony looking critters and other people's nightmares, there are worse ways to spend 90 minutes.

October 21, 2002 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

Nice bid all around, kids. Too bad it doesn't quite work.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

Audience Reviews for Monkeybone

Based on the comic Dark Town but slightly twisted somewhat, resulting in this film from Selick, which by no means is a bad thing as the film is great fun. When I first saw this it was a straight to video release but I was enticed by the unusual title and colourful film cover, but I must admit after seeing it I didn't really like it that much. The film did bomb heavily in the US and this is why the UK only saw it at the videoshop which is a shame. I think the odd casting of Brendan Fraser (never been a big name really) and Bridget Fonda didn't help as the you don't tend to think of these two for a surreal 'Burton-esq' life after death flick as this. I also think Fraser gave the film a childish outlook due to his previous films plus he's not a great actor anyway so this may have detracted from the film.

Upon watching again I must say I've warmed up to this fantasy now big time, it does show tremendous imagination and originality throughout which is unique in itself, add to that some marvellous stop motion animation, cartoon animation and a whole host loony toon rubber masks and suits equalling many strange and bizarre creatures. Selick being the master behind 'Nightmare Before Christmas' shows us again here how that wasn't a fluke, much like 'Beetlejuice' the characters are all suppose to be dead or with this film imaginatively created also. Most of the film is set in a limbo land and this allows Selick to run riot with the creations and utilize his skills in stop motion perfectly, all of which is really nicely done.

You really could be forgiven for thinking this was a Burton/Selick collaboration as the film is very dark and off the wall highlighting their fascination of the afterlife being basically a pain in the ass. The whole film is highly colourful, vivid and shows great artistic merit with some nice alternative takes on the look for limbo, death, passing over etc...its not morbid but nicely ghoulish.

Must applaud Chris Kattan for a brilliant little role as a dead body that Fraser's character inhabits towards the end, really nicely played and quite believeable as a corpse with a broken neck haha kudos. Worst choice is easily casting Whoopi Goldberg as 'Death', who's decision was that!!?.
February 1, 2014

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This was an enjoyable ride. It was just funny how the main act was holding his head on with anything he could find. I laughed every time he came up with something new and original to hold it up.
March 27, 2010
KJ Proulx

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I watched this because of Brendan Fraser. But this was stupid.
February 19, 2010
Dead Angel

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Bone 2 B Bad
December 16, 2009
Wahida K

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    1. Herb: Come on Stu think of the money we could make.
    2. Stu Miley: I don't care about the money.
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