Monkeybone (2001)

This feverishly energetic comedy combines stop-motion animation and live action from director Henry Selick, creator of The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) and James and the Giant Peach (1996). Brendan Fraser stars as Stu Miley, a… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: February 23, 2001
DVD Release Date: July 10, 2001
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Critic Score: 19% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though original and full of bizarre visuals, Monkeybone is too shapeless a movie, with unengaging characters and random situations that fail to build up laughs.

Bob Thomas
Associated Press

It is a puzzling melange of live action and cartoon, real life and fantasy that is almost stupefyingly incoherent.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Why do I still have a soft spot for this flick? Because there are glimmers of intelligence in the mess, because it must have driven the marketing department crazy, and because it fails so differently than all those run-of-the-mill failures.

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Scott G. Mignola
Common Sense Media

Starts out bad and gets progressively worse.

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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader

You can almost see money dripping off the walls of the sets and cybersets in this special-effects extravaganza.

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

There's unwieldy mess -- but there's also unruly brilliance to this dark and funny story.

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Fun fun fun, but not necessarily for all the family.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

The design is often brilliant, although the film is nowhere near as tasteless or funny as it ought to be.

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Paul Tatara

One of those newfangled production design monstrosities that grabs you by the collar in the first ten minutes, then shakes you around like a rag doll until you're ready to drop.

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Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies

Primed to be dark, twisted, and playful -- all exhibited traits of the works of the director, animator Henry Selick -- it is instead juvenile, amateurish, and sloppy.

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Flixster Audience Score: 27% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
This movie was originally supposed to based on the graphic novel [i]Dark Town[/i] which you can see from the basic plot setup. But for whatever reasons this… More
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KJ Proulx
This was an enjoyable ride. It was just funny how the main act was holding his head on with anything he could find. I laughed every time he came up with… More
Luke Baldock
Monkeybone gets a lot of undeserved flack. It's by no means a great film but there's so much to like about it. Selick's imagination runs wild in… More
Dead Angel
I watched this because of Brendan Fraser. But this was stupid.
Dean McKenna
This is what happens when a film suffers from being too unrestrained. What should have been a clever dark fantasy about a comic-book artist who enters his own… More