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Cloverfield (2008)



Critic Consensus: A sort of Blair Witch Project crossed with Godzilla, Cloverfield is economically paced, stylistically clever, and filled with scares.

Movie Info

Producer J.J. Abrams teams with writer Drew Goddard and director Matt Reeves for this frenetic tale of a powerful destructive force that descends upon New York City, and the four desperate people who put their lives on the line to embark on a perilous rescue mission. Rob Hawkins (Michael Stahl-David) is a young American professional who has recently been offered a coveted new job in Japan. Eager to send his older sibling off in style, Rob's younger brother, Jason (Mike Vogel), and his girlfriend, Lily (Jessica Lucas), organize a surprise going-away party to take place the night before Rob boards his Eastern-bound flight. As the party gets underway, Rob's longtime friend and current love interest, Beth (Odette Yustman), shows up with another man as the dejected guest of honor's best-pal Hud (T.J. Miller) encourages partygoer Marlena (Lizzy Caplan) to wish him an on-camera farewell despite the fact that they barely know one another. Moments after Beth storms out following a bitter skirmish with Rob, the entire New York City skyline goes dark. Power is quickly restored, prompting partygoers to turn their attention toward the news, where they learn that a freight tanker has been overturned in New York Harbor. Racing to the rooftop in hopes of getting a better look at the situation, the group is terrified to witness a massive explosion that rains debris across midtown Manhattan, causing mass chaos and unparalleled destruction. But the worst is yet to come, because it soon becomes apparent that this is not the work of a terrorist or an act of war, but a massive creature beyond human comprehension. Now, as the military moves in and the streets of New York City become a virtual war zone, Rob, Lily, Marlena, and Hud race to rescue Beth and get out of the city before the powers that be unleash the ultimate weapon of mass destruction on one of the most populated cities on the planet. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (for violence, terror and disturbing images)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Drew Goddard, Crew Goodard
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 22, 2008
Box Office: $80.0M
Paramount - Official Site


Lizzy Caplan
as Marlena
Theo Rossi
as Antonio
Kelvin Yu
as Clark
Anjul Nigam
as Bodega Cashier
Elena Caruso
as Party Goer
Vakisha Coleman
as Party Goer
Will Greenberg
as Party Goer
Rob Kerkovich
as Party Goer
Ryan Key
as Party Goer
Rasika Mathur
as Party Goer
Baron Vaughn
as Party Goer
Charlyne Yi
as Party Goer
Roma Torre
as Herself
Rick Overton
as Frantic Man
Martin Cohen
as Burly Guy
Jason Cerbone
as Police Officer
Billy Brown
as Staff Sgt. Pryce
Scott Lawrence
as Lead Soldier
Tim Griffin
as Command Center Offic...
Chris Mulkey
as Lt. Col. Graff
Jason Lombard
as Second Medic
Jamie Martz
as Helicopter Pilot
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News & Interviews for Cloverfield

Critic Reviews for Cloverfield

All Critics (198) | Top Critics (40)

Cloverfield should be best appreciated for throwing down the gauntlet for a new cinematic representation of mass destruction and, thus, the way we see ourselves seeing our worst fears.

Full Review… | September 30, 2014
Stop Smiling

Smart, scary and features a creative twist on the genre thanks to its unique found-film perspective.

Full Review… | May 15, 2014
Lyles' Movie Files

Imagine if somebody came up to you, grabbed your head, and jiggled it around for 80 minutes. Now imagine they did that while you were trying to watch a movie about a monster attacking New York City.

Full Review… | February 16, 2013
Georgia Straight

So what is Cloverfield? The best Godzilla film never made? A re-invention of the monster movie genre? You could certainly argue both points: it feels like every creature feature you ever saw, but seen from a totally fresh point of view.

Full Review… | October 14, 2012

Thanks primarily to its inventive shooting style, Cloverfield is a terrifically frightening film.

Full Review… | July 14, 2011
Digital Spy

Mind-blowingly great.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011

Audience Reviews for Cloverfield

A unique look at the monster movie genre. Many will not like the film approach but i enjoyed it.

John Manard

Super Reviewer


I was a bit reluctant to see this one, but I have to say that the effect of seeing from the point of view of someone in a town being ravaged by something that is not of this world and ultimately deadly in every way is quite creepy and mesmerizing. I don't say that too often.
So you'd gather that the special effects would be quite impressive and you'd be right.
I love it when someone comes up with a different MONSTER!!!

Eric S

Super Reviewer


four and a half stars...

MisterYoda ?

Super Reviewer

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