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Monster House (2006)



Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 158
Fresh: 117 | Rotten: 41

Monster House welcoms kids and adults alike into a household full of smart, monstrous fun.


Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 40
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 11

Monster House welcoms kids and adults alike into a household full of smart, monstrous fun.



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A suburban home has become physically animated by a vengeful human soul looking to stir up trouble from beyond the grave, and it's up to three adventurous kids from the neighborhood to do battle with the structural golem in this comically frightful tale, directed by Gil Kenan and featuring the voices of Steve Buscemi, Nick Cannon, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Kevin James. DJ Harvard (voice of Mitchel Musso) lives directly across the street from a most unusual house. A malevolent entity that longs to

Oct 24, 2006


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All Critics (163) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (117) | Rotten (41) | DVD (25)

n the pantheon of CGI films, it's one of the most adult-orientated animations yet. I don't need to tell you that the kids in the screening were enamoured from start to finish.

August 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Monster House benefits from strong graphic design and lovely lighting, but the script is nothing to write home about.

July 21, 2006 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal
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Until this animated horrorfest turns shrill, debuting director Gil Kenan delivers enough visual goods to justify the faith of producers Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis.

July 21, 2006
Rolling Stone
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The storytelling skill in Monster House isn't always up to its visuals. But as a roller-coaster summer entertainment, it's a heck of a lot more fun than Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, not to mention a full hour shorter.

July 21, 2006
New York Post
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The difference between Monster House and most other animated movies is a little thing called story. It actually has one, and doesn't just trot out cheeky characters spewing gratuitous pop-culture references.

July 21, 2006 Full Review Source: Associated Press
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It's part story and part spectacle, with the two halves being nicely balanced to offer something for just about everyone.

July 21, 2006 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Frightful fun for tweens and up.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

I suspect, and hope that "Monster House" will become a Halloween classic, because it's too fun to be forgotten.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

"Monster House" may well be the first mainstream animated exploitation movie.

April 22, 2009 Full Review Source:

A good laugh and technologically fascinating.

September 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

[Has] its moments of both scares and laughs.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

It's too dark for the kiddies, while not having enough of an adult flavor to reach an older audience.

January 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The most troubling element of the film is its conclusion ... which comes to rather alarming conclusions about how to deal with a resentful social outcast.

September 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Christianity Today
Christianity Today

Delivers the freaky/funny goods for audiences of all ages.

August 26, 2007 Full Review Source:

A plodding and unimaginative screenplay.

February 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

A cleverly conceived, kid-friendly horror flick with a lot going for it, mixing clever asides in a thrill-a-minute roller coaster ride on the way to a finale with a satisfying send-off.

February 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Upstage Magazine
Upstage Magazine

Monster House doesn't give specifics about when it takes place, but I swear it must be the '80's.

December 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

The best animated film of 2006.

November 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Reno Gazette-Journal

A visual treat, with characters that look like caricatures and a house that's as much of a monster as anything Hollywood has given us.

November 19, 2006

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October 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

Set on Halloween, the script is original and nicely creepy, even when the boys are joined by a redhead named Jenny.

September 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

In an era of meticulously muggy, corporate-vetted movies designed to launch possible franchises before the first film has even released, Monster House plays pleasingly to audiences of almost any age, driven by a strong sense of wonderment.

September 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Now Playing Magazine

A rich, layered and often funny script, with some decent scares, as well as some knowing, hip scenes that satisfy with their edgy moments and lines.

September 2, 2006 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

...amid the technical dazzle, the spunky juvenile protagonists give the film an unlikely anchor.

August 31, 2006 Full Review
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)

Monster House may look like the sort of movie that is more or less safe for little kids, but the humour gets a little crude in places.

August 31, 2006 Full Review Source: Christianity Today | Comment (1)
Christianity Today

Here's a conundrum: an animated movie that is pitched at kids but is far more suitable for teenagers and adults.

August 31, 2006 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

Audience Reviews for Monster House

"So I had my two yr old nephew today. He either brings a new book for me to read or a movie for us to watch. He's my kind of kid ; } Anyways, so this is what he wanted to watch. It's more fun watching him watch the film then the film itself. He gets scared and screams and runs and hides in the hallway and peaks around the corner and then finally joins me again when it gets less scary. He's a riot. But now for the movie. It's a lot of fun. It reminds me of how fun and original cartoons can be. I thought Chowder was really funny. It's just one of those cartoons you don't mind having to watch a few times... Cause he's two and that's what they want.. so yeah.. I watched it a few times.. Definitely worth checking out if you haven't had the chance yet."
December 3, 2012

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January 28, 2012
Lucas Martins

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Monster House is a terrific animated comedy horror film that is perfect for the Halloween season. Monster House has gotten tremendous flack for being too frightening for children, and in a way, I can see why. However I think there are enough things to enjoy about this film that will appeal for the entire family, no matter what age you are. Of course, I wouldn't recommend this film to little kids as there are some scary scenes that may be too intense for small children. Anyways, Monster House is definitely a fun film to see and enjoy. I thought that the idea for the film was terrific and that it delivered something refreshing to the genre of animated films. I think that Monster House is a terrific addition to the comedy horror genre. I can understand why this film got the criticism it has received due to its scary content that may be too intense for kids, but that doesn't change the fact that this is a great film that is lots of fun. Producers Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis and director Gil Kenan has made a stunning animated film that is pure fun from start to finish. The characters are great, the plot is original and there's just so many good things going for Monster House. Either way you at it, Monster House is a great film even if it may be too "scary" for kids. I personally think that this is the type of film that the entire family can enjoy during the Halloween season as it has enough spooks and laughs to appeal to anyone. A fun, entertaining film.
November 1, 2011
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Monster Huse was creepy, but not creepy enough. Visuals are amazing but the story not so striking.
October 29, 2011
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    1. Mom: We'll be back tomorrow night. Oh. If anything happens, call the police and hide in your closet.
    2. Dad: He knows that.
    – Submitted by MarieBella C (23 months ago)
    1. Chowder: [DJ opens lock, to secret room in basement] We have a ping pong table in our basement.
    – Submitted by Connor N (24 months ago)
    1. Chowder: Try to be cool and calm like me. [actidantly turns on bulldozer they are in, causing him to freak out]
    – Submitted by Connor N (24 months ago)
    1. Officer Landers: I'll get back up!
    2. Officer Lister: I thought there was no backup!
    3. Officer Landers: I'm getting Judy! [gets grabbed by house and starts getting dragged into it] JUDDDDYYY!
    – Submitted by Connor N (24 months ago)
    1. Chowder: I spent 32 dollars for that ball, I mowed the lawn, and bagged my mom for a raise 28 times... I never worked that hard in my life.
    – Submitted by Connor N (24 months ago)
    1. Jenny: If that's the mouth, and that's the mouth, then that must be ublia .
    2. Chowder: Oh so it's a girl house.
    3. Jenny: What? No it simulates the gag reflects, everyone has a ublia.
    4. Chowder: Not me.
    – Submitted by Connor N (24 months ago)
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