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Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)

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Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 210
Fresh: 151 | Rotten: 59

Though it doesn't approach the depth of the best animated films, Monsters Vs. Aliens has enough humor and special effects to entertain moviegoers of all ages.

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Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 43
Fresh: 26 | Rotten: 17

Though it doesn't approach the depth of the best animated films, Monsters Vs. Aliens has enough humor and special effects to entertain moviegoers of all ages.

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When human-hating aliens disrupt earthbound cable-television signals, it's up to a monster-hunting superhero to take out the pesky extraterrestrials and ensure that television viewers are not deprived in this animated adaptation of the popular comic-book series. The DreamWorks Animation release is being helmed by Shrek 2 director Conrad Vernon and Shark Tale's Rob Letterman. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Sep 29, 2009

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Monsters vs Aliens is skilfully animated and spasmodically funny, but you get the impression the film's seven (!) writers ran out of ideas two-thirds of the way through.

April 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
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[The voice cast] really delivered funny line after funny line throughout this.

March 30, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies | Comment (1)
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Monsters Vs Aliens made me feel like a big kid again.

March 30, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies | Comments (2)
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As I took off my gray-lensed 3-D spectacles at the end of Monsters vs. Aliens, I felt not so much immersed as fuzzy with exhaustion.

March 30, 2009 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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It's an affectionate, fairly funny riff on 1950s sci-fi movies, which often featured aliens, sometimes in the form of gelatinous glop, trying to take over Earth before earthlings, usually of the military variety, save the day.

March 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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At the altar... Susan sprouts to just under 50 feet tall, taking out the church roof and steeple in the process. Next time, raise higher the roof beam, carpenters.

March 27, 2009 Full Review Source: The New Republic
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A typically slick effort from DreamWorks Animation...

June 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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As a child who loathed the wholesomeness of Disney and wholeheartedly embraced the madcap antics of Bugs Bunny, Wile E. Coyote and Daffy Duck this film was perfect for me.

March 13, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture | Comment (1)
What Culture

A Mad Magazine style action adventure film...

February 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

The film has some serious problems, the first being - and yes, I feel ridiculous for even attributing this complaint to a film with the above title - a completely pat narrative that seriously lacks character development

October 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Quickflix
Quickflix

Me quedé con hambre de más y es que siento que Dreamworks, fuera del verde Shrek, no ha encontrado la fórmula para darle verdadera batalla a Disney Pixar.

March 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinenganos
Cinenganos

Inked more by its influences than originality, "Monsters" gets exhaustive with its rapid-fire references. That said, if this works as a shiny primer to one day introduce children to classic sci-fi, satire, fantasy and anime, well, more power to it.

December 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Suite101.com
Suite101.com

Not as wonderful as Kung Fu Panda, Monsters vs. Aliens is the next best thing that DreamWorks Animation has produced.

November 10, 2009 Full Review Source: MovieCrypt.com | Comment (1)
MovieCrypt.com

...for kids Monsters vs. Aliens has a lot of color and action, and it's not too scary. Fair enough. As long as you're a kid.

October 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Comment (1)
Movie Metropolis

A happy, family-friendly movie without a mean bone in its mutated body, even though it features a giant killer robot machine and its four-eyed alien squid master, a megalomaniac who's out to kill and/or enslave all of humanity.

September 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Florida Times-Union
Florida Times-Union

The real reason to see this movie is the stunning 3-D craftsmanship.

August 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Times
Washington Times

Monsters Vs. Aliens has plenty of lively animation and a handful of solid jokes. It is not of a caliber of most of the Pixar films, but, at times, it comes close.

August 14, 2009 Full Review Source: UGO

This movie was comfortably middle of the road. While Dreamworks has frankly annoyed me to the point of almost-boycott, they can't forever turn out such drivel, right? Monsters Vs Aliens is not poo at all, it's not bad. It's not going to set the world o

May 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinerina

It continues to be a banner year for animation, with "Monsters vs. Aliens" proving to be a fast-paced and witty family adventure that simultaneously pays homage to and pokes fun at all those cheesy science fiction films from the 1950s.

May 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Sean the Movie Guy

A film that relies more on gimmicks than on plotting.

May 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

moiazei me mikser poy o kathenas petakse mesa tin idea toy me ligo seloteip gia na kollisei

May 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

It's too bad the new 3D glasses can't fix sloppy writing.

May 1, 2009 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Comments (5)
eFilmCritic.com

The girl power undertones, like much of the movie itself, is not unwelcomed but feels uninspired.

May 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Monsters vs. Aliens still packs a sufficient amount of jolting jocularity that is sure to satisfy the entertaining mindsets of youngsters and oldsters alike...a zesty escapist treat

April 13, 2009 Full Review
Movie Eye

Not only spectacularly well made but frequently very funny.

April 10, 2009 Full Review Source: The Australian | Comment (1)
The Australian

...fun, funny, and a genuine for-all-ages animation.

April 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Monsters vs. Aliens

In the past Dreamworks hasn't made many winners, but with their more inventive and entertaining children's films as of late, they are starting to give Pixar and Disney Studios a run for their money. In this latest film the studio takes a stab at fifties monster movies, featuring several different kinds of monsters as well. "Ginormica" or Susan (Witherspoon) is indicative of "Attack of the 50 Foot Woman," Insectosaurus (Kimmel) is reminiscent of the nuclear ants from "Them," Dr. Cockroach (Laurie) is comparable to "The Fly," and B.O.B. (Rogen) is obviously "The Blob." These fantastic and so-called monsters are detained in Area 51 and enlisted to help in an alien takeover by an imperialist named Galaxhar (Wilson). The characters in this film are really enjoyable to watch, and they are developed and animated perfectly. Most of the humor doesn't even fall between adult or childlike, and there aren't any references to make this feel dated. Susan is the everywoman, because she is a new monster compared to the others, who have been locked up for fifty some years. Her perspective is very enjoyable because she's either giving insight into a world she knows nothing about, or she's still trying to figure out how to keep from destroying things with her newly enormous body. The others, including the cockroach, missing link, and giant bug, are also interesting and entertaining as each has their own identity, which they stick to throughout the film. Of course, the main reason I enjoyed this film was because of Seth Rogen as B.O.B. He has some of the funniest lines ever, in any of his films, and they land every single time. Rogen obviously had a lot of fun making this film, and gives better than anyone else. Though I still like "Megamind" better than this, it is a great indication of where this studio is going with their films.
August 1, 2013
FrizzDrop

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After a long line of very average animated films (unless you like 'Shrek') this was the main film that started the comeback for Dreamworks, in my opinion. This was the turn around point...well this and 'Kung Fu Panda'.

The aim of the game here was to emulate the classic horror/sci-fi B-movies of the 50's and have fun with it. The plot is about a regular woman who is struck by a meteorite which makes her grow to enormous proportions ('Attack of the 50 Foot Woman'). She is then carted off by the military to a secret base ('Area 51-ish') where she is imprisoned with some other quirky creatures/monsters. At the same time far away in space an alien detects a precious specialized metal on Earth and begins his plans to invade.

No beating around the bush here, the best thing about this film is the small ragtag team of monsters. This small group of diverse characters is the films saviour and shows some great homaging for all you sci-fi buffs. There is ' B.O.B.', a gelatinous blue blob that is obviously a take on 'The Blob' (1958) and brilliantly voiced by Seth Rogen, probably one of the best/funniest characters. 'Dr. Cockroach, PhD' a half man half cockroach character with insect abilities and a roguish dashing persona, this is mainly down to him being voiced by Huge Laurie. This little fella is a homage to classic horror 'The Fly' (1958).

'The Missing Link', ('Link'), a 20,000 year old fish/ape creature that is presumably a slight play on 'The Creature From the Black Lagoon' (1954). This guy is easily the best looking of the bunch visually, his slippery scaly skin glistens perfectly in ever scene. 'Insectosaurus' which is pretty obviously a homage to Godzilla (1954) and the various gigantic monsters of that specific universe. A massive grub that simply roars a lot and can shoot out silk.

And of course as said already the main female heroine character who has grown to humongous proportions is presumably a homage to 'Attack of the 50 Foot Woman' (1958). The villain in this adventure is a multi-eyed alien called 'Gallaxhar' (sounds like a retro space shooter videogame). He has a big oblong shaped head and lots of tentacles for legs, looks a bit like a squid. This guy I believe is merely a generic combination of ideas gathered from various 50's sci-fi aliens, a classic retro design but unusually his ship isn't the cheesy shape you'd expect.

I must also mention some of the human characters too, this film relies heavily on its characters and it really doesn't disappoint. 'General Warren R. Monger' voiced by Sutherland (see his name, you get it?) is you're stereotypical gruff, buzz cut, war obsessed military leader who trusts no one (especially aliens) and is perfectly happy to let rip with an onslaught of hellfire...ask questions later. I love how Dreamworks are happy to make fun of their own nations well known bad stereotypes...the typical US cigar chomping war happy General for one.

I also loved how they again mocked themselves with the 'President Hathaway' character. A dimwitted leader who is incapable of making decisions, dishes out vague nonsensical commands and easily brainwashed by his aides. Yet at the same time is always trying to come across as a good man, a man of the people, keeping his ratings up and more importantly being an all round cool guy. The sequence where he plays the electronic keyboard to greet the alien visitors is by far the stupidest but funniest things I've seen for some time. I also think his look is most amusing, kinda like 'Clarke kent' but with a definite John F. Kennedy influence, he looks so American, its spot on.

The film and story on the whole is reasonable, its all based around hokey sci-fi/UFO stuff so of course its gonna be daft as hell, what do you expect. Its all suppose to be very retro, very dated and downright hammy. Its easy to see what they were going for, right down to the Godzilla-like sequence at the Golden Gate Bridge, there had to be some classic giant monster stomping destruction porn come on!. I also loved that giant cycloptic robot probe that lands, loved the design of it, so simple yet so memorable.

It does start off pretty slow I can't deny, the story of 'Susan Murphy' ('Ginormica') is at first rather dull. Plus I gotta say the visuals are kinda bland at first too, its only when she's taken to the secret military base that things get going. From there on it just gets better and better, but admittedly the film is held together by the fantastic characters, without them it could of been nasty.

The only weak link in the film for me was actually the main character voiced by the annoying Reese Witherspoon, couldn't care a less about that character. Take her out and you'd still have a cool working film, but I guess you need a proper human element in that creature squad. Everything else was awesome!.

The idea behind this isn't exactly original of course, we've been getting lots of hokey sci-fi homage flicks recently, ditto fantasy and comic book, realistic and parodies. I guess this is kinda like 'Hotel Transylvania' but with classic sci-fi characters teamed up instead of classic horror characters. I thought it would be crappy but it turned out to be a brilliantly fun animated adventure.
July 28, 2013
phubbs1

Super Reviewer

Absolutely Awesome Movie. I can only recommend it.

I dont know many have some troubles with this Movie, but I think it was friggin Funny specially the Bit when the "President of United States" playing that Beverly Hill Sound. Some scenes were spoofed from great Alien Classics, what was actually much funnier, there is what I dont understand why many Folks have troubles with it. It was another kind of "Alien" Animation.
February 9, 2012
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Wahida K

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Enjoyable, though not very inventive computer animated adventure for all ages. Adults should have the most fun with the many movie references from the Sci-ci genre, kids will enjoy the lovable characters. While the movie is entertaining and fun at all times, it's not exactly packed with gags. The action sequences are great, though. The Golden Gate Bridge didn't see that much havoc since the X-Men dropped by. As 3D film it doesn't make use of the whole range of opportunities of that feature but is still worth a visit. I may have expected a little more, but especially kids should have a lot of fun with this.
February 4, 2012
ironclad1609

Super Reviewer

    1. General W.R. Monger: Wait! Don't press that button!
    2. The President: Why?
    3. General W.R. Monger: It will send out all of are nucular weapons!
    4. The President: Then what button gives me a latte.
    5. General W.R. Monger: That would be the one on the left.
    6. The President: What idiot designed this!
    7. General W.R. Monger: You did sir.
    8. The President: Okay, than go fire some one!
    – Submitted by Matthew R (16 months ago)
    1. The President: Can someone put me on code brown because I need to change my pants!
    – Submitted by Matthew R (16 months ago)
    1. The Missing Link: Don't scare Insectosaurous, he's going to pee himself, then we all going to be in trouble!
    – Submitted by Matthew D (18 months ago)
    1. Susan Murphy/Ginormica: I can't fight that thing! I never... I can't even... [gasping] I'm hyperventilating... Does anybody have a giant paper bag?
    – Submitted by MarieBella C (18 months ago)
    1. B.O.B.: Wait, is it the whole 'there isn't a jar in the world I can't open' thing again? Did you find a jar you couldn't open? Did it have pickles in it? Where is the giant jar of pickles!?
    – Submitted by Karthi K (20 months ago)
    1. Derek Dietl: Wow, you're...glowing....
    2. Susan Murphy/Ginormica: Thank You!
    3. Derek Dietl: No Susan, you're like really glowing...YOU'RE GREEN!
    4. Susan Murphy/Ginormica: [looks at hand]
    5. Susan Murphy/Ginormica: [GASP] Oh No! [GROAN] Derek!
    – Submitted by Harrison D (22 months ago)
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