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This feverishly energetic comedy combines stop-motion animation and live action from director Henry Selick, creator of The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) and James and the Giant Peach (1996). Brendan Fraser stars as Stu Miley, a cartoonist who created a randy monkey character called Monkeybone that has taken off in popularity, making him a celebrity. Stu's set to launch a TV series based on Monkeybone and marry his beautiful fiancée Julie (Bridget Fonda) when he's injured in a freak accident that puts him in a coma. He travels to Dark Town, a holding area for the comatose who wait… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 20%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"You can almost see money dripping off the walls of the sets and cybersets in this special-effects extravaganza."
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"There's unwieldy mess -- but there's also unruly brilliance to this dark and funny story."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"Starts out bad and gets progressively worse."
‑ Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media
"A bundle of chaotic energy signifying nothing."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"This tale about alter ego and greed generates more morbid and sexual content than a real sense of ghoulish fun or panic."
‑ Mark Halverson, Sacramento News & Review
"The design is often brilliant, although the film is nowhere near as tasteless or funny as it ought to be."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"One of those newfangled production design monstrosities that grabs you by the collar in the first ten minutes, then shakes you around like a rag doll until you're ready to drop."
‑ Paul Tatara,
"Fun fun fun, but not necessarily for all the family."
‑ , Film4
"The film Monkeybone is a raucous mess. Director Henry Selick mixes animation and live action to the noisy, clumsy detriment of both."
‑ Tony Macklin, Las Vegas CityLife
"A crass and frantic comedy-fantasy pitched alternately, I think, at ten-year-olds or stoned college students."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Why do I still have a soft spot for this flick? Because there are glimmers of intelligence in the mess, because it must have driven the marketing department crazy, and because it fails so differently than all those run-of-the-mill failures."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"The result is a script so needlessly complicated that it defies comprehension."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"Primed to be dark, twisted, and playful -- all exhibited traits of the works of the director, animator Henry Selick -- it is instead juvenile, amateurish, and sloppy."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
" outrageously funny demonstration of how our interior angst can be put into the service of art."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"The movie doesn't seem to have a purpose other than to fill space."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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