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Starts out bad and gets progressively worse.
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Rotten: 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.
- Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies, Thursday, June 24, 2010
Rotten: The movie doesn't seem to have a purpose other than to fill space.
- Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid, Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Fresh: ...an outrageously funny demonstration of how our interior angst can be put into the service of art.
- Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm, Thursday, June 24, 2010
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 the fantasy segments. He makes great use of stop-motion animation and some wonderful make-up and costumes. Rose McGowan is a particular treat. It does seem like the budget may have forced more of it to be set in the real world than one would have liked, and there's definitely a sense that a LOT has been cut. It always seems as though the film is darker than it's allowed to be, making it the repressed character that Fraser himself portrays. The sister disappears, McGowan is underused and certain plot points go unexplained. There's a few brilliant twists and turns, but it's one of those films without a definite tone or audience, which can leave it flailing in the wind.
- kiriyamakazou, Monday, September 14, 2009