Monkey Shines: An Experiment in Fear
Monkey Shines: An Experiment in Fear (1988)

An experiment provides a simian aide that has been trained to assist a quadriplegic, but the man feels a strange connection with the mammal, which is exhibiting "feelings."

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Rated: R
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Genre: Horror
Release Date: January 1, 1988
DVD Release Date: August 14, 2001
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Critic Score: 55% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: While not one of horror legend George Romero's more evolved efforts, Monkey Shines delivers enough primal fear to satisfy more forgiving genre enthusiasts.

Anton Bitel
Little White Lies

before its disappointing dénouement, Monkey Shines is a very tense thriller concerned precisely with one man's struggle to tame his older, wilder instincts.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

Romero's is a formidable talent which others can only hope to ape.

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Michael Coldwell

The absurdity is played up, the dark laughs are plentiful and some very-repeatable lines of dialogue suggest Romero may have been midway through a John Waters marathon at the time.

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Variety Staff

A befuddled story about a man constrained from the neck down told by a director confused from the neck up.

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

It's not illogicality that dooms Romero's thriller but rather torpid pacing and a distinct lack of scares.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

a lot of awful performances in the service of a lousy script.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

One of George Romero's most effective and interesting horror thrillers.

Caryn James
New York Times

A film that begins in sentimentality and ends in ludicrous melodrama.

Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

One of Romero's best non-zombie flicks, this intelligent, absorbing watch includes early roles for Stanley Tucci and Stephen Root.

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Flixster Audience Score: 40% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Disturbing, well executed horror yarn by master director George Romero, Monkey Shines is an accomplished film. With a great cast, and effective scares, this is… More
Luke Baldock
George Romero does an excellent job of swapping Zombies for Monkeys. This film may sound ridiculous in the most preposterous way. But then again, we now live in… More
jay nixon
Preposterous but, because of a much better cast than this sort of picture usually has, a not unenjoyable scare pic. A few moments of unnecessary violence but… More
Stephen M
<I>"C'mon, Ace, let's go fishing"</I> Ordinarily I'm very cynical of so-called director's cuts and the reasons for… More
Conner Rainwater
If you look at Monkey Shines as a horror movie, it's a complete failure. It's not horrific or scary at all. However, if you see it as a goofy monkey… More
Tim Salmons
Love this movie but I have three problems with it: the ending, some of the dialogue and the "sex" scene.