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  • Summary: Set in a maximum-security prison, a psychiatrist (Gooding) examines an anthropologist (Hopkins) who was retrieved from the African jungles where he had lived for several years amongst the apes.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 23
  2. Negative: 6 out of 23
  1. 70
    Although Instinct is strictly a Hollywood formula picture, it's such an efficiently executed one, built around two such outstanding actors, that for the most part you won't mind.
  2. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    60
    The more subversive Instinct gets in proclaiming free will an illusion fostered by a rigidly repressive society, the more captive it seems to a rigidly repressive studio marketing department.
  3. The medium is more palatable than the saccharine message because Hopkins and Gooding know how to put on a show.
  4. 50
    A sloppily structured, snoozily paced psychodrama about living in harmony with nature and all the rest of that tree-hugging hooey.
  5. A greatest-hits collection of plot devices and emotional cues from such films as "Gorillas in the Mist" and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," making it something of a trained chimp, one that apes a lot of good movies while making itself look ridiculous.
  6. In the end, Powell thanks his doctor for sharing the journey, but audiences who sit through this zoologically daft back-to-nature clinker may feel far less charitable.
  7. 20
    In search of inspiration and the human spirit triumphant, they managed to cook up a pot of sanctimonious, reductive claptrap (which the credits confess was only "inspired" by Quinn's book) that's not in the least instructive or entertaining.

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  1. Feb 21, 2012
    4
    Come on now... as much as they might try to disguise it, this is just a vehicle to make Anthony Hopkins play another Hannibal Lecter-esqueCome on now... as much as they might try to disguise it, this is just a vehicle to make Anthony Hopkins play another Hannibal Lecter-esque character. Not bad but I'll bet there's no more than a handful of folks in the world who's seen it more than once. Expand

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