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After a car crash sends repressed cartoonist Stu Miley (Fraser) into a coma, he and the mischievous Monkeybone, his hilariously horny alter-ego, wake up in a wacked-out waystation for lost souls. When Monkeybone takes over Stu's body and escapes to wreak havoc on the real world, Stu has to find a way to stop him before his sister pulls the plug on reality forever!

Actors: Brendan Fraser , Bridget Fonda , John Turturro , Chris Kattan , Giancarlo Esposito , Rose McGowan , Dave Foley , Megan Mullally , Bob Odenkirk , Whoopi Goldberg
Directors: Henry Selick
Country: USA
Release: 2001-02-23
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  • Charles Taylor

    A giddy madcap classic, one of the wildest and funniest American comedies in years. Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    There's unwieldy mess -- but there's also unruly brilliance to this dark and funny story about the havoc that ensues when a man's uncensored Freudian id is allowed the run of the place.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Kevin Thomas

    Grand fantasy, in which Brendan Fraser and stylish design and energetic special effects play off one another for maximum fun.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    The movie is booby-trapped with so many loud gags that some of its sneakier humor is nearly lost in the din.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Susan Wloszczyna

    Wildly uneven collage of effects and live action is no Disney-bland vision of dreams gone bonkers. There's enough Freudian material to reupholster a thousand therapy couches.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    A fairly serious psychodrama rendered in cartoon images.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Robert Horton

    Looks like a very cheerful and imaginative accident. Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    Although Monkeybone will undoubtedly make you laugh at its slapstick highjinks, the irony is that for a movie that's ultimately about soul, that's the one commodity that's in precious short supply up on the screen.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Shawn Levy

    It's alternately mind-boggling and patience-testing, mixing astounding sequences of over-the-top invention with scenes of inept acting and indifferent filmmaking.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Sean Axmaker

    Selick proves a clumsy director of live-action scenes and never overcomes the muddled, half-baked script or the scatological gags.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    A shapeless, chaotic, overly frantic comedy that manages to make almost no sense, even if you're paying close attention.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    Too grotesque for children and just too silly for their parents.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Hazel-Dawn Dumpert

    Like so many movies that depend on effects for effect, plot comes in a poor second to spectacle. That leaves the Fraser, funny and sexy as hell, left with little chance to prove it.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Cody Clark

    A movie interesting enough in its conception to appeal to adults winds up being best suited to preadolescent sensibilities.

    Mr. Showbiz Full Review
  • Lisa Alspector

    The scenes set on earth--messy, predictable satire about the commercial exploitation of fevered genius. The unconscious/underworld scenes may be boring because neosurrealism is a cliche.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    The movie never takes off; it's a bright idea the filmmakers were unable to breathe life into.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Feels like it's been homogenized and Hollywoodized to death.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    Selick is widely and rightly regarded as a master of surreal, dark humor, and wildly inventive animation technique, and Monkeybone is the first tarnish on his otherwise spotless reputation.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Robert Wilonsky

    Like a half-remembered dream, the movie's often so overwhelming that even its dull, dead moments (of which there are many, unfortunately) leave you wondering what you're missing and what you've just forgotten.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • Dennis Harvey

    It's equal parts wacky, sappy and sniggery.

    Variety Full Review
  • Rita Kempley

    The result is a script so needlessly complicated that it defies comprehension.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Jack Mathews

    A shell of a romantic fantasy festooned with characters inspired by and resembling those in the bar scene in "Star Wars," the waiting room in "Beetlejuice" and the circus in "A Bug's Life."

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Michael Atkinson

    A self-adrenalizing, self-destructing pop-culture whirligig.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    An occasionally delightful mess of a movie.

    New York Post Full Review
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