Monkey Shines
Monkey Shines

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A quadriplegic man has a trained monkey help him with his paralysis, until the little monkey begins to develop feelings, and rage, against its new master.... (Full plot summary below)

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A quadriplegic man has a trained monkey help him with his paralysis, until the little monkey begins to develop feelings, and rage, against its new master.

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Empire - 10/10 by Rob Beattie Getting the best out of a middling novel, Romero finds new, less gruesome avenues for his skills.
Chicago Tribune - 9/10 by Dave Kehr 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.
Newsweek - 8/10 by David Ansen Romero loses momentum in the closing passages because he has too many loose ends to keep track of. Somewhere within this movie’s two hours or so is hidden an absolutely spellbinding 90-minute thriller.
Los Angeles Times - 8/10 by Michael Wilmington What makes Monkey Shines special--beyond Romero's cinematic lucidity and sheer storytelling ability and the talent of his cast and crew--is the ambivalent responses aroused by monkey Boo as Ella.
Chicago Reader - 8/10 by Jonathan Rosenbaum Despite a hokey prologue and ending (the latter imposed by producer Charles Evans), this is one of George Romero's most effective and interesting horror thrillers—not as profound as his remarkable Living Dead trilogy, but unusually gripping and provocative.
Washington Post - 8/10 by Richard Harrington While Romero's past films have for the most part been experiments in horror (or at best, terror), Monkey Shines moves in another direction -- the psychological thriller, with a difference. It's not just "a man and a woman" story; it's a man-woman-monkey triangle, and how the sparks do fly.
Miami Herald - 6/10 by Juan Carlos Coto Claustrophobic, gripping, and incredibly intense throughout, Monkey Shines is an extremely complicated emotional drama that taps into the dark side of family ties, friendship, dependency, nurturing, and love.
The New York Times - 5/10 by Caryn James Mr. Romero, who adapted the screenplay from Michael Stewart's novel, wraps up more loose ends than anyone cares about, yet leaves some nagging bits of illogic.
User Review - 4/10 by Mayfieldja There are flaws scattered throughout this entire film. It has it's moments but overall, the over the top performances and issues in the writing hold it back.

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