Dunston Checks In
Dunston Checks In (1996)

A nervous hotel manager has all sorts of monkey business to deal with (actually orangutan business, but you get the idea) in this comedy for the family. Robert Grant (Jason Alexander) is the manager of The Majestic Hotel, a large and highly… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 12, 1996
DVD Release Date: May 28, 2002
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Critic Score: 6% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Leonard Klady

It's a first-class, stylish farce with a brisk pace and cool wit.

Chase Whale
Gordon and the Whale

Dunston does not, in fact, check in.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Depends on your orangutan tolerance.

Derek Adams
Time Out

An unruly orangutan plus an opulent hotel setting equals a natural disaster, or in this case a kids' movie.

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Steve Crum

Dumb chimp-gorilla-orangutan genre laughs, and forgettable.

Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide

Monkeys: they make any movie funnier just by being included.

James Berardinelli

There isn't much of a story. The minimal plot exists exclusively to get the orangutan Dunston (played by "Sam") into as many odd, potentially-comic circumstances as possible.

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Staci Layne Wilson

I'm checking out.

Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

Its value is ultimately just as a way to keep your children quiet and pliant for ninety minutes.

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Flixster Audience Score: 39% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
Did the world really need another kids movie with an animal? No, but at least the movie isn't terrible. It's got a couple of funny scenes.
Dean McKenna
A cute small orangutan makes me laugh heaps while befriends a mischievous teen at the four-star hotel they are plundering, and turns a huge formal ball into… More
Tim Salmons
Loses my interest about five minutes in.
Daniel Hetteix
Pretty much the standard-bearer of the always rare but overly obnoxious "monkey-doing-people-things" genre. You know the producers knew that monkey… More
Jason Owens
You might expect "Dunston Checks In" to be a kiddy or cutesy show, and in a way it is, but it can also be a good family movie for anybody who likes… More
Drew Smith
Saw this in theaters, can't remember a single thing about it.