Based on 14 Critics
  • One of Romero's most complex and challenging creations. The film shifts effortlessly between playfulness and outrage, between a distanced irony and an awful, immediate horror. show more

  • This is Romero at his best - a set-piece of sustained chills all precisely shot and rhythmically cut, good enough to make us forgive (if not forget) the cast that is merely competent, and an ending that is downright tepid. But even at half-throttle, Romero can quicken the pulse. Worse than it could have been, Monkey Shines is still better than most. [29 July 1988]

  • Romero loses momentum in the closing passages because he has too many loose ends to keep track of. Somewhere within this movie‚Äôs two hours or so is hidden an absolutely spellbinding 90-minute thriller. show more

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