Critics Consensus: Monsters vs. Aliens Is A Blast

Plus, The Haunting in Connecticut houses too many cliches, and guess 12 Rounds' Tomatometer!

This week at the movies, we've got a war of the worlds (Monsters Vs. Aliens, with voice work by Reese Witherspoon and Seth Rogen), a demonic abode (The Haunting in Connecticut, starring Virginia Madsen and Martin Donovan), and a royal rumble (12 Rounds, starring John Cena). What do the critics have to say?


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Fresh

Monsters vs. Aliens

Monsters vs. Aliens pays loving homage to B-grade 1950s monster movies, utilizing state-of-the- art 3-D CG animation and a crack voice cast. And critics say it's rousing, wry, and technically impressive. When Susan Murphy (voiced by Reese Witherspoon) is hit by a meteor on the way to her wedding, it causes her to grow nearly 50 feet tall; she's ostracized by society, but it turns out that she and her fellow monsters may be the only ones that can save earth from an alien invasion. The pundits say Monsters vs. Aliens is often more whiz-bang than emotionally resonant, and many of the gags will probably soar over the wee ones' heads. However, those may be small prices to pay for a film of such remarkable visual invention and good humor. (Check out this week's Total Recall, in which we rank every DreamWorks animated film by Tomatometer, and be sure to take our our DreamWorks Cartoon Challenge.)


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Rotten

The Haunting in Connecticut

The Haunting in Connecticut is allegedly based on a true story. However, most critics feel this New England-set supernatural thriller has more in common with other haunted house flicks like The Amityville Horror than real-life supernatural occurrences. Virginia Madsen and Martin Donovan star as a couple who move to the Nutmeg State only to find the nice old Victorian they've just purchased was once a funeral home, and it's haunted by a demonic presence that only avails itself to the couple's teenage son. Bedeviling ensues, along with creaking floorboards and (presumably) bad caulking. The pundits say The Haunting in Connecticut has some effectively spooky atmospherics, but ultimately it's mechanical and cliched.


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Rotten

12 Rounds

It appears the folks behind 12 Rounds were afraid their film would receive a critical beatdown, since it wasn't screened prior to release. Renny Harlin directs WWE superstar John Cena, who plays a cop in the midst of a cat-and-mouse game with a terrorist who has kidnapped his girlfriend. Kids, take a break from your study of Thuganomics and guess that Tomatometer!


Also opening this week in limited release:

Comments

collex

Alex D.B.

I wouldlove to go see Monster and Alien this week, but I'm going to see a quebecois moive I just can't miss instead. Monsters and Alien will wait. And I'm still wondering if I'm going to go see it in 3-D or not now that one of our theater has a 3-D room.

Mar 26 - 05:47 PM

blattman

Mike Greenblatt

It looks like it will be better in 3D. Since everybody wants to do films in 3D I hope the price starts coming down. It is very pricy to watch anything in 3D.

Mar 26 - 06:49 PM

Jordan K.

Jordan Katz

12 rounds is gonna get 7%. that would b so cool if i was rite.

Mar 26 - 07:09 PM

White Cross

Jonathan Petrychyn

12 Rounds is going to be at 18%.

Mar 26 - 07:58 PM

Zaraki

Rick V

12 rounds: 15-25%

Monsters vs Aliens looks amusing, and Haunting is just about as bad as I predicted.

Mar 26 - 08:18 PM

BMS1234

brandon sideleau

5% for 12 Rounds....I think I'd rather be raped by a horse than watch a John Cena movie. I can only think of ONE good movie starring a wrestler in the lead role....and that would be "The Rundown." Everything else has been utter-****.

Mar 26 - 08:22 PM

vitajex

Mike M

No, you forgot about 'They Live'. That's a good movie starring a wrestler, Roddy Piper.

And don't forget that Andre the Giant was in 'The Princess Bride', one of the 10 best Hollywood films of the last 25 years.

Also, to RT, John Cena is not a former WWE superstar. He's still on there all the time (promoting his movie).

Mar 27 - 09:47 AM

Jake W.

Jake W

"...former WWE superstar John Cena"

uhh..I think he's still with the company since he's like involved in a title match at wrestlemania something.

Mar 26 - 08:41 PM

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Craig Smith

12 rounds - 15%

Mar 26 - 08:43 PM

thobie1

Todd Hobart

12R - 6%

Looks nearly unwatchable.

Mar 26 - 09:11 PM

inactive user

Jared King

I'm sure "Monsters vs Aliens" is a harmless little movie. Is anyone else furious about seeing that kid vomit 12 million time in the ads for "Haunting"?!

Mar 26 - 09:47 PM

High School With Money

LEEEROOOOOAAAAHHHH MMMYYAAAANKEEEUUUNNNNSSSS

Looks like a demon giving the kid a BJ. It should be called Urotsukidoji: Live Action of the Overfiend.

The 12 Rounds trailer had one good shot in it (wind blowing on the maid), so I just saw the best part of it. Thanks, movie marketers!

Mar 27 - 10:57 PM

DarkShines2063

Rawley Reynolds

i have seen '12 rounds' and it was an ok action fllm.i think it will probaly get 20% on the tomatomater

Mar 26 - 10:17 PM

tfortier

Thierry Fortier

Hey Collex, which Québec movie are you going to see?

Mar 27 - 06:09 AM

Gimy

Gimy Moo

oh awesome, M vs A is getting good reviews. thank god i'm the only parent in the country that can't take their child to a PG movie opening weekend because of a court appointed idiot...

12 rounds looks horrible. i've seen a couple of trailers and it looks to be unentertaining garbage cuz of the lead. i like cena but his acting in that looks so bad he reminds me of a ripped paris hilton. it makes his Marine performance look oscar worthy. its a shame cuz the rest of the trailer looks decent but i couldn't get past his acting

Mar 27 - 07:12 AM

vitajex

Mike M

No, you forgot about 'They Live'. That's a good movie starring a wrestler, Roddy Piper.

And don't forget that Andre the Giant was in 'The Princess Bride', one of the 10 best Hollywood films of the last 25 years.

Also, to RT, John Cena is not a former WWE superstar. He's still on there all the time (promoting his movie).

Mar 27 - 09:47 AM

Speaker for the Films

Matthew Legarreta

12 Rounds- 24%. Get it? It is 12 by 2! Ha!

Mar 27 - 11:31 AM

emily l.

emily lee

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Mar 27 - 01:26 PM

LakersFan-BostonSucks

Matt St. John

12 Rounds will be around 12-15%. I agree with being sick n tired of seeing some kid throw up a ghost all over the place in those stupid ads. The Rundown is a great movie! I don't understand why it didn't do very well in theaters.

Mar 27 - 01:48 PM

Dadoo

Tim Ryan

I appreciate any references to the Nutmeg State.

Mar 27 - 02:49 PM

High School With Money

LEEEROOOOOAAAAHHHH MMMYYAAAANKEEEUUUNNNNSSSS

Looks like a demon giving the kid a BJ. It should be called Urotsukidoji: Live Action of the Overfiend.

The 12 Rounds trailer had one good shot in it (wind blowing on the maid), so I just saw the best part of it. Thanks, movie marketers!

Mar 27 - 10:57 PM

JRW1980

Jeremy W.

Omg, Urotsukidoji, I can't believe someone brought that movie up. I haven't heard that name in years. My friend's brother own that, along with lots of , shall we say, "similar" disgusting animes. That would be a very gross live action film that would be banned from all but the sleaziest of theaters.

Mar 28 - 02:37 PM

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