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Spanking the Monkey Review

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  • 4.0

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Even so, the film's incest theme seems more symbolic than literal in what is, at heart, a comedy about escaping the womb; throwaway gags are wicked enough throughout to keep the taboo plot twist from knocking this hit-and-miss black comedy off the track. [26 Jul 1994 Pg. 08.D]

  • 70

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times Peter Rainer

    Russell is unusual among first-time directors in his ability to mold and shape performance. [28 Jul 1994 Pg. F2]

  • 75

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    This is not a "nice" movie -- it deals with some pretty intense issues (like incest and suicide) -- but it is both bold and inventive, and works because of an unforced approach.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The New York Times

    It is also the sort of astonishingly fresh and self-assured work that can make a reputation.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Davies registers believable frustration and deadpan teenage disengagement in equal measure.

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