Human Nature
Human Nature (2002)

Video director Michel Gondry and scriptwriter Charles Kaufman -- who shot to fame after penning Being John Malkovich -- collaborate on this bizarre fable about human behavior in and out of society. The film opens by quickly introducing the… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 12, 2002
DVD Release Date: December 10, 2002
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Critic Score: 49% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: As quirky as Being John Malkovich but not as funny, Human Nature feels too forced and unengaging.

John Powers
L.A. Weekly

Although a few moments are hilarious, this would-be romp remains laboriously earthbound when it should be swinging gaily through the trees.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

For all its highfalutin title and corkscrew narrative, the movie turns out to be not much more than a shaggy human tale.

Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies

[Kaufman and Gondry] dive right into the subject [of sex] to lay bare the pain of it, and to have us laugh at it.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

Tries for both civilized wit and primitive joy -- and mostly misses both.

Rex Reed
New York Observer

It's all squeamishly pathetic in a freaked-out way, as the actors are reduced to primates and the movie makes no sense at all.

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Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies

Human Nature cleverly satirizes our most ridiculous- and in many ways, our most tragic- impulses, and finds a unique balance between light-hearted humor and abject farce.

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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

The simplicity with which it depicts these [animal] forces eternally at war with each other is sometimes sublimely evocative.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

It's way out there, but not effective enough.

Staci Layne Wilson

Not for everyone, but oddly charming. Great scenes with trained mice.

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Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
Jens S.
Shocking a load of crap this movie is, considering the amount of talent involved in it. Especially the director's and writers track record has been great,… More
Spencer S.
A Kaufman film unlike his usual repertoire, the first pairing between himself and director Michael Gondry was a premature effort. The subtle humor was there,… More
Sam Barnett
This movie's amateurish directing (Michel Gondry has done much, much better) and strangely stilted acting (despite some significant talent) detracts… More
Curtis Lilly
Pretty good film, another Kaufman reflection of the loss of innocence, and very funny.
paul oh
Its really something different. Kaufman is a genius but this direction he made for Human Nature asks a question but never fully answers it. It picks on human… More
Ross Collins
Quirky movie that investigates human nature through a tale of three characters whose lives are connected through an "ape" theme: a man raised an ape,… More

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