Project X
Project X (1987)

A grounded pilot discovers a secret government experiment that involves exposing a group of trained chimpanzees to obscenely high levels of radiation. This comedy-drama follows the pilot as he teams together with a kind-hearted researcher… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: April 17, 1987
DVD Release Date: February 22, 2005
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

"Project X" reflects quality and care throughout, but its elements don't quite mesh.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

Disney-ish drama with a conscience.

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A likeable adventure movie with winning work from its young-ish leading man.

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Pat Graham
Chicago Reader

Plenty of strikes against this--moronic story line, obligatory animal mugging, more "awwwww" opportunities than any film since 3 Men and a Cradle--but it's still one of the most accomplished pulp fantasies in a while.

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Walter Goodman
New York Times

The director, Jonathan Kaplan, lays on the animal antics without stint; it's a one-ring circus. The way he tugs at our sympathy for the poor smart beasts may remind you of a house pet scratching away for attention.

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TV Guide

Broderick is superb as always and proves that he is a commanding screen presence even in the company of a cute chimp. Hunt also turns in a fine performance.

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Variety Staff

Broderick is rightly more subdued here than in some recent performances, and supporting cast is discreetly effective.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

It's as unabashedly political as "Silkwood" and unashamedly sentimental as "Lassie Come Home." Yet it remains taut and resists the temptation to paint the villains too broadly.

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Clint Morris

An exciting family adventure with a great turn by Broderick

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Flixster Audience Score: 55% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
Not that I'm on the side of the crazy army scientist guys in this movie or anything, but I hate movies with monkeys. This is no exception, the story is… More
Marion Ravenwood
Save the monkeys! Pretty much exactly what you expect.
Candy Rose
Sad movie about military medical experiment on monkeys. Stars a young Matthew Broderick and Helen Hunt who try to rescue the animals.
Jim Woehr
Try not to get teared up during this movie, I dare you lol. However, this is no movie for kids just because monkeys are in it. It's a smart and touching… More
Allison Babka
Oh, how this movie made me bawl! It was the first time that I realize animals were used in labs. It also jumpstarted my fear of monkeys.