Human Nature


Mixed or average reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30

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Critic Reviews

  1. Portland Oregonian
    Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    Both deeply weird and charmingly dear.
  2. Newsweek
    Reviewed by: Devin Gordon
    Kaufman's new script isn't as inspired as "Malkovich." It's a precious little concoction -- the B-plus work of a madcap genius.
  3. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    A hoot, or at least a collection of delightful hootlets hung on a short, frayed line.
  4. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    The characters are much less finely tuned and the climax is a botch, but the French-financed film is often a riot, and the sensibility is all there.
  5. 78
    Pure unadulterated animal fun.
  6. The result is a satisfying and original picture.
  7. 75
    The movie has nowhere much to go and nothing much to prove, except that Stephen King is correct and if you can devise the right characters and the right situation, the plot will take care of itself -- or not, as the case may be.
  8. 75
    A treat for aficionados of oddball movies.
  9. New York Daily News
    Reviewed by: Jack Mathews
    Fresh and often very funny, and it makes its point that when our native urges conflict with social norms, the former shall give in to the latter, or else.
  10. 70
    Nature lacks a little of Malkovich's freshness, but that's just about all it lacks.
  11. New Times (L.A.)
    Reviewed by: Gregory Weinkauf
    You'll laugh a lot, but not without a sense of animal desperation.
  12. 63
    It's just weirdness for the sake of weirdness, and where ''Human Nature'' should be ingratiating, it's just grating.
  13. Human Nature's zigzag ingenuity wears out some time before the farce bounces slowly to an uneven conclusion. For all its highfalutin title and corkscrew narrative, the movie turns out to be not much more than a shaggy human tale.
  14. In truth, I didn't care much for it, while respecting it a great deal. It's self-consciously childish and "innocent," and everything is overdrawn to cartoon dimension.
  15. Reviewed by: Ron Wells
    What was needed was either a Stanley Kubrick, or, well, the Farrelly Brothers. Instead we get warmed over Spike Jonze. Still, a little watered down Spike Jonze has to be entertaining some of the time, so this isn't a total loss.
  16. 60
    The second movie by "Being John Malkovich" writer Charlie Kaufman is even weirder than his first.
  17. The movie is too cute to take itself too seriously, but it still feels like it was made by some very stoned college students.
  18. After some promising leaps, bounds and swings through a fascinating jungle of possibility, Charlie Kaufman's movie misses an all-important creeper.
  19. 50
    The best stuff in Human Nature comes early, while the movie is still spry and daring --Then the film runs out of ideas, repetition sets in and so does boredom.
  20. Feels forced and awkward, as though it's trying too hard to be weird, culty and profound.
  21. Every single frame of this film is as cute, slick, and snappy as the adorable little mice who end the movie with a gag right out of "Babe: Pig in the City."
  22. The movie never gets off the ground. Kaufman's script is never especially clever and often is rather pretentious.
  23. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Charlie Kaufman's clever screenplay bears many traces of the same brand of originality and eccentric imagination that graced his work on "Being John Malkovich," although even at an hour-and-a-half the conceit is stretched almost too thin for audience sustenance.
  24. Should have been more polished, and less tame.
  25. Tries for both civilized wit and primitive joy -- and mostly misses both.
  26. 40
    Although a few moments are hilarious, this would-be romp remains laboriously earthbound when it should be swinging gaily through the trees.
  27. A goofball movie, in the way "Malkovich" was, but it tries too hard.
  28. 40
    An overemphatic, would-be wacky, ultimately tedious sex farce.
  29. Characters remain stuck in their cliche profiles, and the direction -- by music video specialist Michel Gondry -- doesn't improve matters.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jan 13, 2011
    I love Charlie Kaufman movies (even Synecdoche, New York) however, I thought this was too clever for it's own good.Rhys Ifans is the best partI love Charlie Kaufman movies (even Synecdoche, New York) however, I thought this was too clever for it's own good.Rhys Ifans is the best part of the movie. This movie is almost always intriguing, whether it's character interaction, dialogue or just something visually amusing. However, there were a lot of slow spots and by the end, I felt like it was kind of a pointless movie unlike his other works, Forgettable, but not bad. Full Review »
  2. Aug 19, 2010
    It's hard to describe this movie without spoiling it, however i can say that if you only like serious movies then you might not like this.It's hard to describe this movie without spoiling it, however i can say that if you only like serious movies then you might not like this. This movie is the worst of Kaufman's movies, but it is still better than most movies out there. Full Review »