Metascore
40

Mixed or average reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 28
  2. Negative: 12 out of 28
  1. 38
    The movie never takes off; it's a bright idea the filmmakers were unable to breathe life into.
  2. 38
    Isn't much more creative than your average gross-out comedy.
  3. Feels like it's been homogenized and Hollywoodized to death.
  4. 30
    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.
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    30
    It's equal parts wacky, sappy and sniggery.
  7. 30
    The result is a script so needlessly complicated that it defies comprehension.
  8. 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."
  9. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    25
    For all its antic grasping it lies flatter on the screen than its graphic novel source lies on the page.
  10. Reviewed by: Athima Chansanchai
    25
    A raunchy, remorseless "Curious George."
  11. A self-adrenalizing, self-destructing pop-culture whirligig.
  12. Adds up to one numbingly unfunny comedy.

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