Joe's Apartment
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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 in ways he never dreamed.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 19%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"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."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"It's nicely realised, by human and roach alike, and something of a landmark in cinematic grossness."
‑ Daniel Etherington, Film4
"Good shorts don't make good features..."
‑ Michael Ferraro, Film Threat
"There are some isolated moments in this film that woudl make great shorts. Strung together with the rest of it, though, they just make a mess."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"Some viewers will still want to reach for the Raid."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"The insects have obnoxious, piping little voices and sound like the Chipmunks had inhaled helium."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"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."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A MTV-style creepy coachroach comedy that tries to be too cute for its own good. My kingdom for a can of Raid!"
‑ Frank Ochieng,
"Quite disgusting really"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"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."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"So much up-to- the-minute technology hasn't been used for so disastrous a product since the Hindenburg."
‑ Andy Seiler, USA Today
"Very puerile humour and a pretty lame storyline."
‑ Nick De Semlyen, Empire Magazine
"'Less is more' is the lesson Hollywood often fails to learn."
‑ Dragan Antulov,
"A harmless no-brainer."
‑ David N. Butterworth,
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