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Monsters Reviews

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Terrific production values are let down by an unappealing and stale screenplay.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 2.5/5

December 2, 2010
Clem Bastow
The Vine

By the time our hangdog heroes are watching misty-eyed as two psychedelic alien octopus make sweet whale-song poontang over the petrol pumps, you'll wish they'd been taken out by a "creature" in the first reel.

Full Review Source: The Vine | Original Score: 2/5

November 23, 2010

There's so much that Monsters does well that it's a massive disappointment when you realize just how dull the script is, how much chemistry the leads lack, and how clumsily delivered Edwards' political arguments are.

Full Review Source: DCist | Original Score: 5.1/10

November 7, 2010
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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The immigration and drug war parable and photojournalism ethics are never front and center, but draw attention because Edwards doesn't deliver well-earned frights or even cheap jolts. It's a good-looking movie with zero sense of urgency.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/4

November 3, 2010
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

First-time director Gareth Edwards is exceptionally skilled at creating mood, but sort of useless when it comes to creating a meaningful narrative.

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: C

November 16, 2010
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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What brings Monsters down from its extremely low perch is a conspicuous lack of monstrosity -- the best the filmmaker's laptop has come up with is fleeting glimpses of supersize squid -- together with the vacuousness of the hero and heroine...

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

October 29, 2010

Gareth Edwards' independently made road/horror/politico/sci-fi film, gets all the points in the world for trying, but it ultimately comes up way short

Full Review Source: UGO | Original Score: C

October 26, 2010
Clay Cane

Next to 'Catfish,' 'Monsters' is probably the most anti-climatic ending of the year.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: C

January 3, 2011
Radheyan Simonpillai
NOW Toronto

Its critique of border controls recycles ideas from movies like Children Of Men and District 9, and its romance has as much spark as a dead battery.

Full Review Source: NOW Toronto | Original Score: 2/5

September 13, 2010
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

I suspect writer/director/producer/effects designer/cinematographer/production designer Gareth Edwards is aware he has bitten off more than he could possibly chew...

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2/4

November 19, 2010
Chris Barsanti

had the potential to be smarter, boundary-pushing science fiction along the lines of District 9, but with its underdone characterization and critical failures of imagination, it barely manages to meet the low standards of Cloverfield.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 28, 2010
Christian Toto
What Would Toto Watch?

The couple at the heart of Monsters is so insufferable you'll be cheering on the aliens.

Full Review Source: What Would Toto Watch? | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 27, 2010
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

Allegories don't come much more leaden than Monsters, a transparent fusion of Cloverfield and District 9 that posits its alien-invasion tale as a parable about illegal immigration.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 23, 2010
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)

The film also has the misfortune of coming in the wake of Cloverfield and District 9, which were much bigger and more accomplished renderings of similar ideas.

Full Review Source: The Age (Australia) | Original Score: 2/5

November 24, 2010
Simon Abrams
New York Press

What Monsters sorely wants is a convincing human element and a softer touch when it comes to its incoherent and mostly pretentious depiction of the way the media sensationalizes and in turn creates monsters.

Full Review Source: New York Press

November 3, 2010
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper

Relationships should never get in the way of otherworldly destruction - especially when your film's called Monsters.

Full Review Source: Washington City Paper

November 7, 2010
Diva Velez

'Don't like our pallid, predictable love story between two shallow characters? Don't worry, the monsters will be back.' The trouble is there's not nearly enough of the creatures or any real thrills to keep audiences entertained.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 29, 2010
Cole Smithey

Under the pretense of making that ever-elusive low budget gem, the "character-driven" movie, newbie feature writer/director Gareth Edwards slaps together a bland sci-fi movie that wilts under its bait-and-switch romantic plot.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: D+

October 26, 2010
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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Even if the visually similar Cloverfield and the thematically similar District 9 didn't already exist, this would still seem painfully hackneyed and obvious.

October 28, 2010
Matt Pais

Warning: Contains very few monsters.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

November 18, 2010

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