Mighty Joe Young (1998) - Rotten Tomatoes

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Mighty Joe Young (1998)



Critic Consensus: Beguiling effects transcend a predictable plot.

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After being discovered in the African outback, a twenty foot ape and his young woman companion escape to Los Angeles where the become an instant sensation.

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Bill Paxton
as Gregg O'Hara
Charlize Theron
as Jill Young
Regina King
as Cecily Banks
David Paymer
as Harry Ruben
Linda Purl
as Dr. Ruth Young
Mika Boorem
as Young Jill
Cory Buck
as Jason
Liz Georges
as Jason's Mother
Richard Riehle
as Commander Gorman
Cynthia Allison
as News Reporter
Ken Taylor
as News Reporter
Ray Harryhausen
as Gentleman at Party
Terry Moore
as Elegant Woman at Party
Judson Mills
as Impatient Driver
Tony Genaro
as Boxer Shorts Man
Flo di Re
as Bambi's Owners
Kaylan Romero
as Street Kid
Hernán Ruiz
as Street Kid
Jenilee Deal
as Street Kid
Matt Deal
as Street Kid
Bethany Bassler
as Cabriolet Girl
Vicki Davis
as Cabriolet Girl
Deborah Kellner
as Cabriolet Girl
Marguerite Moreau
as Cabriolet Girl
Tracey Walter
as Conservancy Girl
Larry Brandenburg
as Animal Control Duty Officer
Janet Eilber
as Concerned Mother
Wiley Pickett
as Police Sharpshooter
John T. Bower
as Carjack Man
Laurie Kilpatrick
as Toddler's Mom
Richard McGonagle
as Panda Owner
Reno Wilson
as Poacher
Dina Merrill
as Society Woman
Lily Mariye
as Ticket Clerk
John Alexander
as Joe Young
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Critic Reviews for Mighty Joe Young

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (10)

In a holiday movie season like this one, you take your pleasures where you find them.

April 2, 2019 | Full Review…

This Christmas you could do worse than introduce the kids to the big Furby, one who carries a certain moral weight very lightly.

April 1, 2019 | Full Review…

Mighty Joe Young is an energetic, robust adventure tale: not too cynical, violent or fragmented for kids, not too tame for adults.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

...a briskly-paced (yet undeniably overlong) adventure...

December 30, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

At its best when it - pardon the pun - apes its predecessor and falters when it attempts to strike out on its own.

March 25, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

For the most part, Joe is an impressive creation, mixing CG, miniatures, and man-in-a-suit effects that don't age as poorly as one might assume.

September 14, 2020 | Rating: 4/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Mighty Joe Young

It is all very Hollywood, but a watchable film none-the-less. A remake of the old black and white classic and a landmark of how far film effects have come during that length of time.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

Remake of the classic original which had classic Harryhausen effects, this newer model actually does justice to the first film whilst giving us a much more vivid visual treat. The original film was created by the same team that made the original King Kong film so you obviously have allot of similarities in plot and action sequences but I guess you gotta over look that alittle. The newer film is similar with its plot yet tweaked here and there with minor changes but its almost along the same lines, the main changes are of course the effects which do look surprisingly good for a film made in 98 with cgi of the time. All 'Joe' sequences are pretty darn good showing allot of good hair detail including movement and that shine gorilla hair has, mixed with exceptional puppet/masks using animatronics by the legendary Rick Baker you can see why it looks so good. The cgi is the main surprise though which is really well done blending with most backgrounds pretty well, some sequences are obvious but its not bad at all, I must admit I was taken aback when viewing this again at how well it stands up today. Its a typical Disney type film of course with cliched characters, allot of corny moments and predictable setups but the original was actually like this too so Disney have remained reasonably faithful. Its still very much a 'Kongish' film right up to the final moment and myself I didn't really like it when Joe gets loose and runs amok then saves the kid, too kong-like and mawkish at the same time but its still an above average film mainly thanks to Baker and his work.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

A very good movie! Bill Paxton held this together more than it already was!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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