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Monsters (2010)



Critic Consensus: It doesn't quite live up to its intriguing premise, but Monsters is a surprising blend of alien-invasion tropes, political themes, and relationship drama.

Movie Info

Six years ago NASA discovered the possibility of alien life within our solar system. A probe was launched to collect samples, but crashed upon re-entry over Central America. Soon after, new life forms began to appear and grow. In an effort to stem the destruction that resulted, half of Mexico was quarantined as an INFECTED ZONE. Today, the American and Mexican military still struggle to contain the massive creatures... Our story begins when a jaded US journalist (McNairy) begrudgingly agrees to find his boss' daughter, a shaken American tourist (Able) and escort her through the infected zone to the safety of the US border. -- (C) Magnoliamore
Rating: R (for language)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Romance, Art House & International, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Gareth Edwards
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 1, 2011
Box Office: $0.2M
Magnolia Pictures - Official Site


Scoot McNairy
as Andrew Kaulder
Whitney Able
as Sam Wynden

News & Interviews for Monsters

Critic Reviews for Monsters

All Critics (149) | Top Critics (29)

A better-than-average debut by a filmmaker who merits watching. Let's hope that he keeps some of his indie spirit when Hollywood comes calling.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011
Toronto Star
Top Critic

The most interesting thing here is the budget.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

Too much of Monsters simply reminds you of other, better movies...

Full Review… | December 23, 2010
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Monsters is part immigration parable, part war allegory with a dose of It Happened One Night and The African Queen tossed in.

Full Review… | December 17, 2010
Denver Post
Top Critic

It's a new high in lows, as in lowbrow, low budget and low key. But there's something about it that's hard to shake.

Full Review… | July 19, 2015
The Patriot Ledger

This low-budget and character-driven drama should be applauded for its realistic portrait of a world slowly coming to grips with an alien invasion.

Full Review… | May 19, 2014
John Hanlon Reviews

Audience Reviews for Monsters

If you want to see what can be accomplished with some dedication, a low budget and just a decent idea. Here you go! A solid sci fi picture.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

Those expecting a horror film with aliens may be disappointed, for this in fact a powerful and deeply absorbing low-budget drama about love and the emptiness of life without it, while the monsters are only there to serve as a trigger for the connection between the two characters.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer


An ambitious, audacious first feature by Gareth Edwards, who is undoubtedly a resourceful and savvy filmmakers. Unfortunately, its heavy-handed political allegory (more Elysium than District 9) stilted acting, and low-budget effects badly damage what would have otherwise been an immersive, imaginative world.

Sam Barnett
Sam Barnett

Super Reviewer

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