Instinct (1999)

Within the brilliant mind of primatologist Ethan Powell lies an ominous secret -- a deep-seated mystery unsolved by his estranged family and the law enforcement officials who have jailed him for murders that occurred in the jungles of… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 4, 1999
DVD Release Date: January 15, 2002
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Critic Score: 27% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A convoluted and predictable plot overshadows the performances.

Richard T. Jameson
Mr. Showbiz

Hands-down worst movies of the season!

Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

Instinct" is a marketing hook attempting to pass itself off as a movie.

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Rob Gonsalves

Yet another spiritual weepie that decries human follies and yet puts a happy face on it all.

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Susan Stark
Detroit News

Strong performances!

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

If there's anything worse than a movie hammered together out of pieces of bad screenplays, it's a movie made from the scraps of good ones.

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James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

anyone who goes to 'Instinct' expecting a terrifying thriller will find 'The Serenity of the Gorillas' is a long, long way from 'The Silence of the Lambs.'

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Jay Carr
Boston Globe

Too simplistic and schematic!

Lawrence Van Gelder
New York Times

[Hopkins and Gooding Jr.] keep Instinct afloat on its sea of simplisms through a succession of climaxes until at last it reaches its unavoidable ending.

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Staci Layne Wilson

A guilty pleasure.

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
A scientist (Hopkins) goes completely native in Africa and needs some psych work before he can safely re-enter good ole society. Enter uber-mind probe types… More
Curtis Lilly
Love that Hopkins. The rest of it has all been done before. I'm a sucker for movies set in prisons.
Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Cuba Gooding Jr., Donald Sutherland, George Dzundza, Maura Tierney, John Ashton, John Aylward, Doug Spinuzza, Paul Bates, Rex Linn, Rod… More
Jason Owens
While I was watching "Instinct," I noticed that it wasn't anything like any other movie I've ever seen. It's one of the most emotional… More
Lafe Fredbjornson
Decent prison movie with Anthony Hopkins defending the apes and his fellow prisoners in the jail. Cuba is good too.
Ginny  X
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