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      Instinct

      R Released Jun 4, 1999 2 hr. 3 min. Drama List
      26% 65 Reviews Tomatometer 67% 25,000+ Ratings Audience Score Years after he goes missing in the jungles of Africa, anthropologist Ethan Powell (Anthony Hopkins) resurfaces when it's discovered that he has murdered two poachers who were killing the gorillas he was studying. After spending an extended time living with the primates and without any human contact, Powell seems to be unhinged, and psychiatrist Theo Caulder (Cuba Gooding Jr.) is called in to try to get through to the withdrawn and angry man -- who may be wiser and saner than he appears. Read More Read Less
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      A convoluted and predictable plot overshadows the performances.

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      jake h There is no such thing as a movie critic. Just a person's response to a movie picture withe audio, this movie holds a very poignant feeling in my heart I watched it during shitty time, movies should not be judged, you like it cool ya don't that's fine to, ppl who make a living off this go get a real job like a bricky or labourer a chef like myself. Makes me sad like ape man that this is even a thing. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/24/24 Full Review Steve D The viewer will be well ahead of the script which guts any effectiveness. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Chefs C While the professional Critics tear this movie apart, I really enjoyed it. The performance's by Cuba Gooding and Sir Anthony Hopkins were excellent, giving both character's depth that many movie characters' don't have these days!! This is the 3rd time I've watched this movie and I find something new every time!! Don't listen to the Critics, give this movie the attention it deserves.. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 11/19/22 Full Review jay s Peculiar subject. Altogether enjoyed the movie and the idea to save the gorillas. Should be viewed in Africa where gorilla paw is used as an ashtray. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member This movie is amazing and I don't know why the ratings don't reflect that. I watch it every time it's on. I wish they would play it more often. It's a moving story and captivated me instantly.... These critics must not appreciate Anthony Hopkins true natural ability to draw you into to the characters. He's amazing in anything he undertakes. 📽🎞🎬 is his passion. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Audience Member A critical and box office failure because it says what nobody wants to hear: mainly that modern society is a prison in which we've exchanged our real natural freedom for an illusion of safety and control, all while being ruled over by those whose defining characteristic is taking from the Earth and others. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Globe and Mail Rated: 2/4 Mar 22, 2002 Full Review Philip Wuntch Dallas Morning News Regardless of how familiar the storyline and characters seem, everyone connected with the movie seems to think it's of invaluable importance. Instinct is one suffocatingly pompous flick. Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Julie Hinds San Jose Mercury News The result is so artificial. Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Joe Lozito Big Picture Big Sound Rated: 2/4 Dec 27, 2007 Full Review Rob Gonsalves Rob's Movie Vault Yet another spiritual weepie that decries human follies and yet puts a happy face on it all. Rated: F Sep 24, 2007 Full Review Film Threat Rated: 1.5/5 Dec 6, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Years after he goes missing in the jungles of Africa, anthropologist Ethan Powell (Anthony Hopkins) resurfaces when it's discovered that he has murdered two poachers who were killing the gorillas he was studying. After spending an extended time living with the primates and without any human contact, Powell seems to be unhinged, and psychiatrist Theo Caulder (Cuba Gooding Jr.) is called in to try to get through to the withdrawn and angry man -- who may be wiser and saner than he appears.
      Director
      Jon Turteltaub
      Executive Producer
      Gail Katz, Wolfgang Petersen
      Screenwriter
      Gerald Di Pego, Gerald Di Pego
      Distributor
      Buena Vista International [us], Toho Company Ltd., Filmes Lusomundo, Aurum Producciones S.A. [es], Gaumont [fr], Buena Vista Pictures
      Production Co
      Touchstone Pictures, Spyglass Entertainment
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jun 4, 1999, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Apr 27, 2020
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $34.1M
      Sound Mix
      Surround, Dolby SRD, DTS, SDDS
      Aspect Ratio
      Scope (2.35:1)