Talking about Monkeybone, starring Brendan Fraser , Bridget Fonda and Whoopi Goldberg , on Good Morning America, Joel Siegel remarked, "Tuesday afternoon. I got back from the screening. Somebody asked if I liked the movie. Exact quote: 'This is the worst movie I've seen in a year that didn't star John Travolta or Sylvester Stallone .'"
Most newspaper critics appear to agree. Peter Howell in the Toronto Star goes out of his way to find some redeeming value in the film. He writes: "The utterly mirthless Monkeybone, a movie made out of fart gags, sex jokes and cheap rubber costumes, may not be entirely without merit. This failed attempt at comic fantasy could be used by future film historians -- assuming they could endure viewing it -- as a useful case study of how badly a single movie can squander talent and experience."
Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun-Times, at least, gives the film an A for effort: "The movie labors hard, the special effects are admirable, no expense has been spared, and yet the movie never takes off; it's a bright idea the filmmakers were unable to breathe life into."