Human Nature
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Video director Michel Gondry and scriptwriter Charles Kaufman -- who shot to fame after penning Being John Malkovich -- collaborate on this bizarre fable about human behavior in and out of society. The film opens by quickly introducing the three leads -- Lila (Patricia Arquette) who is locked away in prison; Puff (Rhys Ifans) who is testifying before Congress; and Nathan Bronfman (Tim Robbins) who is sitting in a glowing white afterlife waiting room with a bullet hole in his head. Rewinding to the beginning of the story, the film shows Lila as a girl about to enter womanhood. Unfortunately,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 49%

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"Although a few moments are hilarious, this would-be romp remains laboriously earthbound when it should be swinging gaily through the trees."
‑ John Powers, L.A. Weekly
"For all its highfalutin title and corkscrew narrative, the movie turns out to be not much more than a shaggy human tale."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"[Kaufman and Gondry] dive right into the subject [of sex] to lay bare the pain of it, and to have us laugh at it."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
"A ton of cute ideas do not a satisfying movie make."
‑ Jurgen Fauth,
"A little watered down Spike Jonze has to be entertaining some of the time, so this isn't a total loss."
‑ Ron Wells, Film Threat
"Tries for both civilized wit and primitive joy -- and mostly misses both."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"It's all squeamishly pathetic in a freaked-out way, as the actors are reduced to primates and the movie makes no sense at all."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"Human Nature cleverly satirizes our most ridiculous- and in many ways, our most tragic- impulses, and finds a unique balance between light-hearted humor and abject farce."
‑ Todd Gilchrist, IGN Movies
"Plays as a sophomoric exercise in the art of satire."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Surreal comedy explores the differences between man and the animals -- and finds humans wanting."
‑ James Rocchi, Netflix
"The simplicity with which it depicts these [animal] forces eternally at war with each other is sometimes sublimely evocative."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"It's way out there, but not effective enough."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Not for everyone, but oddly charming. Great scenes with trained mice."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson,
"Risky, totally insane, at times brilliant, and absolutely original, Human Nature is a trip. A wonderfully wacky, weird satirical comedy that is hit and miss."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"One of a kind, a fresh comedy of ideas, and a daft, deft poke in the funny bone."
‑ Margaret A. McGurk, Cincinnati Enquirer
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