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The Monkees -- Micky Dolenz, Mike Nesmith, Davy Jones and Peter Tork -- didn't really enjoy being labelled the Prefab Four back when their TV series was all the rage in 1966. With the help and support of Bob Rafaelson (co-producer, co-writer and director) and Jack Nicholson (co-producer, co-writer, and, if you look closely, bit player), the Monkees expressed their displeasure over being packaged for popular consumption in the non sequitur masterpiece Head. At least, it seems that the film is an indictment of the merchandising of pop stars. It's hard to tell at times, because Head… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The clean-cut kids and the created kinetics work up a 'so-what' reaction too soon in the 85-minute stretch seques from war to westerns to desert chases to mad scientist brushes in the Columbia lot."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Sometimes it succeeds."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"... a surreal mix of psychedelia and satire, a loopy twist on their lighthearted TV show with a dark undercurrent squeezed in between genre parodies."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Parallax View
"If the Beatles were housebroken Marx Brothers, the Monkees here are gutty Bowery Boys"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"It's no Monty Python."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Despite obviously dated aspects like clumsy psychedelic effects and some turgid slapstick sequences, the film is still remarkably vital and entertaining."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"It's uneven but mostly a blast."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"There is an inherent curiosity quotient for any project this inherently whacked out, which helps smooth over the underlying rub that Rafelson is using the film to rather portentously blow his own horn"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Mad, but highly watchable."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"Equal parts good trip, bad trip, and cheesefest."
‑ Leo Goldsmith, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"The movie is, nonetheless, of a certain fascination in its joining of two styles: pot and advertising."
‑ Renata Adler, New York Times
"In which The Monkees get stoned, commit career suicide, and end up accidentally making one of the best movies of the 1960s."
‑ David Cornelius, Popcornworld
"An entertaining mess."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Snobbery
"The result is a visually daring cinematic game that is virtually plotless and better off for being so."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The great movie suicide attempt. The Monkees succeed in killing their careers."
‑ Eric Lurio, Greenwich Village Gazette
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