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Monsters asks greater questions of its audience than the usual special effects yawn-fests.
| Original Score: 5/5
This unforgettable debut marks Edwards out as a huge talent and one who'll likely find himself showered with Hollywood cash to support future endeavours.
Monsters looks and feels like a major studio film, and Edwards is clearly a talent to watch.
| Original Score: 8/10
An astonishing achievement for first-time British feature director Gareth Edwards.
McNairy and Able are stick figures who spend all their screen time spouting risible platitudes about how America sure looks different when you see it from the other side of a wall.
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
It's a journey that involves plenty of hazards, none more dire than the prospect of romantic scenes between two actors with zero chemistry.
| Original Score: 1/5
The most interesting thing here is the budget.
Expect cool weird things from [Edwards] in the future.
| Original Score: 3/5
Monsters virtually redefines guerilla filmmaking for our technologically attuned generation, and despite its many flaws, it is an enticing career-maker for director Edwards.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
... give Edwards props for making the effort, and for so effectively creating a convincing portrait of the world under siege from a slow, evolutionary invasion.
While the plot appears to meander, the impact is undeniable.
| Original Score: 3.0/4.0
A road movie, a romantic drama, a post-apocalyptic monster thriller, and more.
| Original Score: 4/5
Next to 'Catfish,' 'Monsters' is probably the most anti-climatic ending of the year.
| Original Score: C
A script not even a mother could love
The movie itself is pretty slow moving and the giant alien monsters are disappointing because they appear on the screen so briefly. The really impressive thing about it is how little it cost to make.
Too much of Monsters simply reminds you of other, better movies...
| Original Score: 2/4
Monsters is part immigration parable, part war allegory with a dose of It Happened One Night and The African Queen tossed in.
A genre-blurring gem that combines elements of sci-fi creature feature, road movie and indie romance ... District 9 meets It Happened One Night, with a dash of Mumblecore.
"Sunny with a chance of creatures" could well be the weather report from the world of Monsters, one of the most startling movies of our new DIY filmmaking culture.