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Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)



Critic Consensus: 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.

Movie Info

When California girl Susan Murphy is unwittingly clobbered by a meteor full of outer space gunk on her wedding day, she mysteriously grows to 49-feet-11-inches tall. The military jumps into action and Susan is captured and secreted away to a covert government compound. There, she is renamed Ginormica and placed in confinement with a ragtag group of Monsters: the brilliant but insect-headed Dr. Cockroach, Ph.D.; the macho half-ape, half-fish The Missing Link; the gelatinous and indestructible B.O.B.; and the 350-foot grub called Insectosaurus. Their confinement is cut short, however, when a mysterious alien robot lands on Earth and begins storming the country. In a moment of desperation, the President is persuaded to enlist the motley crew of Monsters to combat the Alien Robot and save the world from imminent destruction.more
Rating: PG (for sci-fi action, some crude humor and mild language)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Animation, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: , ,
Written By: M. Wallace Wolodarsky, Maya Forbes, Wallace Wolodarsky, Rob Letterman, Conrad Vernon
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 29, 2009
Box Office: $198.3M
Paramount/Dreamworks Animation - Official Site


Reese Witherspoon
as Susan Murphy/Ginormi...
Hugh Laurie
as Dr. Cockroach
Seth Rogen
as B.O.B.
Will Arnett
as Missing Link
Kiefer Sutherland
as Gen. W.R. Monger
Stephen Colbert
as The President
Rainn Wilson
as Galaxhar
Paul Rudd
as Derek Dietl
Julie White
as Wendy Murphy
Jeffrey Tambor
as Carl Murphy
Amy Poehler
as computer
Ed Helms
as News Reporter
Jimmy Kimmel
as Insectosaurus
Lisa Stewart
as Bridesmaid Candy
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Critic Reviews for Monsters vs. Aliens

All Critics (211) | Top Critics (46)

A typically slick effort from DreamWorks Animation...

Full Review… | June 8, 2011
Reel Film Reviews

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.

Full Review… | March 13, 2011
What Culture

A Mad Magazine style action adventure film...

Full Review… | February 11, 2011
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

Full Review… | October 27, 2010

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.

Full Review… | March 11, 2010

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.

Full Review… | December 3, 2009

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.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

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.

Phil Hubbs

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.

Wahida K

Super Reviewer

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