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Based on 23 Reviews
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  • 50
    Bob Graham San Francisco Chronicle

    The warning against actors playing with dogs or children should be expanded to include men in gorilla suits. show more

  • 63
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    A perfect example of how solid directing and good acting can almost redeem a derivative story. show more

  • 50
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Pardon my pulling anthropological rank, but Instinct -- a movie about an ape-man savant -- seems a quart low on common sense. show more

  • 38
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    If there's anything worse than a movie hammered together out of pieces of bad screenplays, it's a movie made from the scraps of good ones. show more

  • 38
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    In this bizarre tale of man among the apes and a psychiatrist among madmen -- an over-emotional hybrid of "Gorillas in the Mist" and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" -- style buries substance. show more

  • 25
    Wesley Morris San Francisco Examiner

    It's a tale of two missused Academy Award winners trying to justify their participation in a moribund, noisome redux of any disposable prison movie you care to remember by lobbing Oscar clips at each other. show more

  • 30
    Ron Wells Film Threat

    The audience will respond better to ENTERTAINMENT than a club to the head. show more

  • 20
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    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. show more

  • 50
    Russell Smith Austin Chronicle

    There's plenty of solid, intelligent content here to stir the mind and heart, assuming you're able to overlook the distinctly patronizing presentation. show more

  • 50
    William Arnold Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    It's well-acted by a likable cast and is well-intended, but it misses: It doesn't come off as the powerful socio-environmental statement it wants to be. show more

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