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Cloverfield (2008)

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77

Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 196
Fresh: 150 | Rotten: 46

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

72

Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 39
Fresh: 28 | Rotten: 11

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

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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

Apr 22, 2008

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The mechanism is the message in Cloverfield, a movie so aluminum-sleek, ultra-portable, and itsy-bitsy sexy, it's amazing Steve Jobs didn't pull it out of an envelope at Macworld.

January 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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I had a lot of fun with this inside-out take on the monster movie.

January 22, 2008
Ebert & Roeper
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Under the modern flummery, behind the faux amateurism and the handheld shudder, Cloverfield is a vastly old-fashioned piece of work, creaking with hilarious contrivance.

January 22, 2008 Full Review Source: New Yorker | Comments (4)
New Yorker
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The fleeting, incomplete glimpses of the monster early on prove the old dictum of B-movie auteur Val Lewton that a momentary image can have greater impact than a prolonged one.

January 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Maybe we now live in a world where we record the moment first and feel it later. If that's the case, Cloverfield leaves us waiting to feel.

January 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Salon.com | Comments (4)
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Smartly reconjures the 1950s monster movie for the digital age.

January 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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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.

February 16, 2013 Full Review Source: 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.

October 14, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
TheShiznit.co.uk

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

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

Mind-blowingly great.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

Cloverfield is a very good giant monster film, as good as we've had in America in quite a while and if a lot of its enjoyment rests on a gimmick, it's still a very good gimmick and the filmmakers make the most of it.

March 18, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

Memorable neither for its special effects nor the gimmickry of the hand-held camera.

November 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

A stylish and satisfyingly intense update of one of Hollywood's most well-trodden film concepts: the attack of the 150-foot (give or take) monster.

September 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune
Times-Picayune

Grabby 9/11 imagery, facile jolts, and smeared textures

August 27, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion | Comments (3)
CinePassion

Characters may struggle for interesting things to say on camera, but the film nonetheless reveals hidden depths.

August 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

For gasps and thrills and movie monster mayhem, the film is a success. It's not flawless, but if you shove that aside, I guarantee you that you will have a gas at the theater.

August 14, 2009 Full Review Source: UGO

I think when they started filming Cloverfield, somebody accidentally dropped the camera. Someone else said, "Cool." So they kept dropping the camera. And they threw it, and jerked it, and kicked it. And it went into terminal spasms.

February 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Fayetteville Free Weekly | Comments (29)
Fayetteville Free Weekly

A clunky blend of hand-held camera and faux realism. How can the creator of shows like Alias and Lost make such weak movies?

September 30, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

It's the closest a film has ever gotten to a roller-coaster ride. It will definitely nauseate, it feels claustrophobic, there are sudden scares, and it also peaks too early.

August 27, 2008 Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review
The Scorecard Review

If you like kick butt monster movies, then this one will deliver for you! Go see it right away!

August 22, 2008 Full Review
Sin Magazine

Despite the mostly convincing verisimilitude of the approach, the film does succumb, especially in its last act, to some cheap manipulation, one or two bad stereotypes, and some cornball Hollywood schmaltz.

July 22, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter | Comment (1)
ESplatter

...an A for effort, a B for visuals, a C for content, and a C for photography, the latter, of course, being intentionally herky-jerky.

June 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

I love this movie.

May 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Comments (8)
Film Freak Central

Cinéma Vérité Godzilla - canny enough to have been designed for the YouTube generation as well as for those elder folks like myself that still like a good ride on the roller coaster every once in awhile.

May 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Windy City Times
Windy City Times

If some veterans have flashbacks while watching "Saving Private Ryan," it should be safe to say that "Cloverfield" will bring back a lot bad memories for some New Yorkers. Yes, "Cloverfield" looks and feels that realistic.

May 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Watertown Daily Times
Watertown Daily Times

This film should NEVER leave the theatres.

May 17, 2008 Full Review Source: BDK Reviews | Comments (12)
BDK Reviews

Audience Reviews for Cloverfield

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!!!
August 17, 2013
yona71

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four and a half stars...
June 23, 2013
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J.J. Abrams produces a graphic, in-depth look at terror in the streets of New York City. With a new style of direction as well as level of sci-fi thrills, Cloverfield is a menacing picture that keeps you guessing and jumping. 4/5
August 25, 2012
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    1. Marlena: I don't feel so good...
    – Submitted by Kyle S (17 months ago)
    1. Hud: Rob, it's time to leave the electronic store.
    – Submitted by Brandon M (19 months ago)
    1. Marlena: It's eating people.
    – Submitted by Brandon M (19 months ago)
    1. Rob Hawkins: Look at me! Look at me! Look at me. I love you!
    2. Beth Mcintyre: I love you!
    – Submitted by Brandon M (19 months ago)
    1. Hud: Rob, what time do the choppers take off?
    2. Rob Hawkins: 0600.
    3. Hud: What time is that?
    4. Rob Hawkins: 6:00 Hud.
    5. Hud: Oh yeah, I knew that.
    – Submitted by Brandon M (19 months ago)
    1. Hud: Please tell me she lives on the ground floor.
    2. Rob Hawkins: 39th.
    3. Hud: Shit.
    – Submitted by Brandon M (19 months ago)
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