Mixed or average reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 28
  2. Negative: 12 out of 28

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  1. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    Looks like a very cheerful and imaginative accident.
  2. Although Monkeybone will undoubtedly make you laugh at its slapstick highjinks, the irony is that for a movie that's ultimately about soul, that's the one commodity that's in precious short supply up on the screen.
  3. A fairly serious psychodrama rendered in cartoon images.
  4. Selick proves a clumsy director of live-action scenes and never overcomes the muddled, half-baked script or the scatological gags.
  5. 58
    It's alternately mind-boggling and patience-testing, mixing astounding sequences of over-the-top invention with scenes of inept acting and indifferent filmmaking.
  6. Too grotesque for children and just too silly for their parents.
  7. 50
    A shapeless, chaotic, overly frantic comedy that manages to make almost no sense, even if you're paying close attention.
  8. New York Post
    Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    An occasionally delightful mess of a movie.
  9. Like so many movies that depend on effects for effect, plot comes in a poor second to spectacle. That leaves the Fraser, funny and sexy as hell, left with little chance to prove it.
  10. Reviewed by: Cody Clark
    A movie interesting enough in its conception to appeal to adults winds up being best suited to preadolescent sensibilities.
  11. 40
    The scenes set on earth--messy, predictable satire about the commercial exploitation of fevered genius. The unconscious/underworld scenes may be boring because neosurrealism is a cliche.

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