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Monkeybone Reviews

January 17, 2018
It is a puzzling melange of live action and cartoon, real life and fantasy that is almost stupefyingly incoherent.
April 26, 2007
You can almost see money dripping off the walls of the sets and cybersets in this special-effects extravaganza.
June 24, 2006
The design is often brilliant, although the film is nowhere near as tasteless or funny as it ought to be.
March 22, 2002
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 1, 2001
There's unwieldy mess -- but there's also unruly brilliance to this dark and funny story.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 23, 2001
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
The result is a script so needlessly complicated that it defies comprehension.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
February 23, 2001
The guy can't control his 'monkey,' get it? Heh-heh. Yep, that's the whole concept. Heh. Pretty twisted, eh? Heh ... har ... um ... zzzzzz.
February 23, 2001
Its fondness for fart and genitalia jokes ... proves its downfall.
February 23, 2001
Black-humor fans will be amply satisfied.
February 23, 2001
The film becomes a flailing mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 23, 2001
A giddy madcap classic, one of the wildest and funniest American comedies in years.
February 23, 2001
Too much of everything, a lo mein-stuffed lasagna in banana bechamel sauce. With a coffee malted. And pickles.
February 23, 2001
A welcome antidote to the epidemic of witless, frenetic, secondhand low comedies that gnaw at our brains like antibody-resistant spirochetes.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
February 23, 2001
The film has been edited into near-incoherence.
February 23, 2001
An incredible journey of the imagination, darkly humorous and zesty in spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 23, 2001
Most of the movie is grotesque and creepy in the worst way.
February 23, 2001
The same imagination that went into the design of this carnival landscape has not gone into the structure or logic of the story.
February 23, 2001
The showy visuals rest on nothing firmer than a marshmallow bed of chaos and confusion.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
February 23, 2001
An ugly mishmash of stop-motion animation, bad Halloween costumes and worse acting.
February 23, 2001
The movie labors hard, the special effects are admirable, no expense has been spared, and yet the movie never takes off.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 23, 2001
For all its antic grasping it lies flatter on the screen than its graphic novel source lies on the page.
February 23, 2001
Simply put, Monkeybone is to comedy what Battlefield Earth was to science fiction.
February 22, 2001
Is it funny? Fitfully, but not consistently enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 22, 2001
A supernatural fantasy of a most pedestrian nature.
February 22, 2001
The story is frustrating in its refusal to stick to any logical core -- emotionally or otherwise.
February 22, 2001
There are laughs here, but Selick doesn't corral them, and the movie has no shape.
February 22, 2001
Has so few solid guideposts that this imagery just sort of floats by, never quite managing to become as evocative as it ought to be.
February 22, 2001
A shapeless, chaotic, overly frantic comedy that manages to make almost no sense.
February 22, 2001
Fun, unpretentious, and well-paced.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 22, 2001
Isn't much more creative than your average gross-out comedy.
February 22, 2001
A lot of eye-catching costumes and effects in search of a plot. And, often, basic coherency.
Read More | Original Score: C-