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Within the brilliant mind of primatologist Ethan Powell lies an ominous secret -- a deep-seated mystery unsolved by his estranged family and the law enforcement officials who have jailed him for murders that occurred in the jungles of Rwanda. Highly educated and sophisticated, Powell was affected by years of studying mountain gorillas to the point where he was living among them in the wild, as one of their own. Now, held captive in a brutal prison for the criminally insane, Powell, who has not spoken in years, is remanded to psychiatrist Theo Caulder, who must try to unlock the dark mystery in… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 27%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Too simplistic and schematic!"
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"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.'"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Seu título poderia ter sido 'O Silêncio dos Gorilas Sonhando com a Liberdade no Ninho'."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Not in the least instructive or entertaining."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The acting is surprisingly sloppy."
‑ Shawn Levy, Oregonian
"If there's anything worse than a movie hammered together out of pieces of bad screenplays, it's a movie made from the scraps of good ones."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A guilty pleasure."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson,
"A sanctimonious, heavy-handed conundrum of feel-good clichés and bad-faith intentions."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
"It's as though the filmmakers got spooked by the very primal scream that would make this movie soar."
‑ Mark Halverson, Sacramento News & Review
"In Instinct, the back-to-nature business takes on a misanthropic tone and a nasty malignancy."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"Yet another spiritual weepie that decries human follies and yet puts a happy face on it all."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"How sad to hear Oscar winners Hopkins and Gooding,Jr. utter melodramatic dialogue during most of their scenes together."
‑ Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"A psychologically rich film about animal and human nature."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Most of the drama here is in terribly poor taste, with grown men smashing their heads against walls and wetting themselves."
‑ Jason Kaufman, Citysearch
"Most unconvincing!"
‑ David Elliott, San Diego Union-Tribune
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