Joe's Apartment
Joe's Apartment (1996)

This film is based on an innovative short film made for MTV about a guy living in a horrible downtown apartment filled with scores of mischievous, smart-alecky roaches. The story chronicles the adventures of Joe (Jerry O'Connell), a… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: July 26, 1996
DVD Release Date: March 30, 1999
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Critic Score: 19% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Joe Leydon

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.

James Berardinelli

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.

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Daniel Etherington

It's nicely realised, by human and roach alike, and something of a landmark in cinematic grossness.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Some viewers will still want to reach for the Raid.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The insects have obnoxious, piping little voices and sound like the Chipmunks had inhaled helium.

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TV Guide

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.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Andy Seiler
USA Today

So much up-to- the-minute technology hasn't been used for so disastrous a product since the Hindenburg.

Nick De Semlyen
Empire Magazine

Very puerile humour and a pretty lame storyline.

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Flixster Audience Score: 41% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
Mostly known for being the first film made by MTV Productions, "Joe's Apartment" appears to be what is advertised, a pleasant romp, and actually… More
Nicki Marie
I really can't get past my dislike of cockroaches (ugh!) to see a lot in this movie. I guess it is clever, if you like watching singing, dancing… More
Alex roy
I saw this film when I was a kid and I always thought it was a fun little flick. This is a film without its flaws, but it is pretty entertaining for what it is,… More
Jason Owens
The parts with the roaches are entertaining - otherwise not very special.
Tim Salmons
A cute film but forgettable.
Dean McKenna
The five-minute MTV short is blown up to feature length and loses all its meager charm. The roach musical numbers are actually rather entertaining; it's… More