Joe's Apartment
Joe's Apartment (1996)

This film is based on a short made-for-MTV film about Joe, who moves to NYC to live in a run-down apartment in a neighborhood where he is repeatedly mugged. His only friends prove to be his cockroaches, who can sing and dance and help Joe… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: March 30, 1999
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42%



Critic Score: 19% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Joe Leydon
Variety

Unfortunately, nothing that any of the humans contribute to Joe's Apartment is nearly as interesting as the musical numbers and comedy riffs of the cockroaches.

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews

There's not enough story here for something half that length, so we're subjected to numerous pointless and irritating song-and-dance numbers designed to nudge the lame plot towards its conclusion.

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Daniel Etherington
Film4

It's nicely realised, by human and roach alike, and something of a landmark in cinematic grossness.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Some viewers will still want to reach for the Raid.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The insects have obnoxious, piping little voices and sound like the Chipmunks had inhaled helium.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

If it were even half as clever as the promotional web site -- which features such inventions as ROL, a parody of online service AOL -- it would be a small delight. But it's not.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

John Payson's Joe's Apartment may well have been a funny MTV short, but stretched to feature length it's got to be the most putrid picture since The Garbage Pail Kids Movie nearly a decade ago.

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Andy Seiler
USA Today

So much up-to- the-minute technology hasn't been used for so disastrous a product since the Hindenburg.

Nick De Semlyen
Empire Magazine

Very puerile humour and a pretty lame storyline.

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Flixster Audience Score: 42% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
Mostly known for being the first film made by MTV Productions, "Joe's Apartment" appears to be what is advertised, a pleasant romp, and actually… More
Nicki Marie
I really can't get past my dislike of cockroaches (ugh!) to see a lot in this movie. I guess it is clever, if you like watching singing, dancing… More
Alex roy
I saw this film when I was a kid and I always thought it was a fun little flick. This is a film without its flaws, but it is pretty entertaining for what it is,… More
Jason Owens
The parts with the roaches are entertaining - otherwise not very special.
Tim Salmons
A cute film but forgettable.
Anthony Lawrie
The singing cockroaches were fun but it?s a bit of a boring film