Monkey Man

critic Reviews

, 89% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • An audacious effort from debuting director Dev Patel, Monkey Man dispenses action and sociopolitical commentary with equal aplomb.
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    Dwight BrownDwightBrownInk.com
    Over-the-top violence is rarely this much fun. First time directors are rarely this skillful.
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    Mark KermodeKermode and Mayo's Take (YouTube)
    Brutal, bone-crunching, neck-gouging set pieces, some great musical choices...
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    tt stern-enziWXIX-TV (Cincinnati, OH)
    It was everything I wanted, and maybe a little more.
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    James BerardinelliReelViews
    This is a tense, engaging thriller where people are stabbed, shot, dismembered, and killed in a variety of graphic and unspeakable fashions. Monkey Man may be a silly-sounding title but the story it tells is anything but silly.
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    Stephanie ZacharekTIME Magazine
    Dev Patel tries too hard, and for too much, in his directorial debut, but he's compelling enough to make you believe almost anything.
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    Jonathan DeanTimes (UK)
    Monkey Man is not perfect, but it does not have to be. The film feels alive, with all the rush of Drive or Uncut Gems. This is not Bollywood — nobody sings — but rhythm is key.
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    George M. ThomasAkron Beacon Journal
    Ultimately, Monkey Man gives action movie fans what they crave. For those looking for something more substantive, you’ve seen this before.
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    Chris WasserSunday Independent (Ireland)
    A flawed yet rewarding experience.
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    Kristian M. LinFort Worth Weekly
    If the cultural anthropology of all this does nothing for you, Monkey Man still has its fight sequences, which Patel dominates with his tall, stylish, long-striding presence.
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    Bruce R. MillerSioux City Journal
    As an action film, “Monkey Man” is quite good. Patel doesn’t skimp on the action but he also doesn’t pull back far enough to show the stunt work.
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