Human Nature

Metascore
56

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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  1. Characters remain stuck in their cliche profiles, and the direction -- by music video specialist Michel Gondry -- doesn't improve matters.
  2. Tries for both civilized wit and primitive joy -- and mostly misses both.
  3. 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."
  4. The movie is too cute to take itself too seriously, but it still feels like it was made by some very stoned college students.
  5. Reviewed by: Ron Wells
    60
    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.
  6. 40
    Although a few moments are hilarious, this would-be romp remains laboriously earthbound when it should be swinging gaily through the trees.
  7. A goofball movie, in the way "Malkovich" was, but it tries too hard.
  8. 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.
  9. 60
    The second movie by "Being John Malkovich" writer Charlie Kaufman is even weirder than his first.
  10. The movie never gets off the ground. Kaufman's script is never especially clever and often is rather pretentious.
  11. Should have been more polished, and less tame.
  12. 50
    Feels forced and awkward, as though it's trying too hard to be weird, culty and profound.
  13. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    50
    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.
  14. 40
    An overemphatic, would-be wacky, ultimately tedious sex farce.
  15. 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.
  16. After some promising leaps, bounds and swings through a fascinating jungle of possibility, Charlie Kaufman's movie misses an all-important creeper.
User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jan 13, 2011
    5
    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
    7
    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 »